Can you help building a list of the best vintage Pioneers amplifiers?*

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by lokotek, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. lokotek

    lokotek New Member Thread Starter

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    Can you help building a list of the best Pioneers amplifiers?
     
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  2. I can't help you with new stuff, but you can't go wrong with the vintage SPEC amps.
     
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  3. lokotek

    lokotek New Member Thread Starter

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    I forgot only vintage.
    Thanks in advanced!
     
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  4. paulieb00

    paulieb00 Active Member

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    Wisconsin
    I would think the Pioneer Series 20 M22 Class A power Amplifier has to be near or at the top of the list.
     
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  5. CrazyCatz

    CrazyCatz Forum Resident

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    Well I'll give a Shout Out for the SA-508

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    Used Daily for the last 2-3 years, and always looking out for another at right price..I've partnered this Amp with a Sony Blu-ray Player and 2 different CD players.. Marantz and Cambridge Audio and it sounded Great with all of them.. though the Marantz (which it's hooked up to at min) I think is a perfect combo.. Punch and Warmth :)
     
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  6. paulieb00

    paulieb00 Active Member

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    3 more would be the Series 20 M25, the SPEC 2, and the SPEC 4
     
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  7. jeffmackwood

    jeffmackwood Active Member

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    Can you be more specific?

    Are you interested in amplifiers, integrated amplifiers, or receivers? Or all three?

    Jeff
     
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  8. allied333

    allied333 Active Member

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    waterford, mi
    Pioneer SM-83
     
  9. A really good Integrated is the SA-9500II. I had one for many decades and only sold it a few years ago.
     
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  10. Higlander

    Higlander Forum Resident

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    Awesome thread idea!!
    Vintage is where it is at in my audio world.
     
  11. Higlander

    Higlander Forum Resident

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    Was there a model with variable tone turnover frequencies also?
     
  12. JakeMcD

    JakeMcD Well-Known Member

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    My SA-9500 has 3 position turnovers. It's a tank.

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  13. ronm

    ronm Forum Resident

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    I had a A-70 120 wpc circa 1982 that was pretty damn good.
     
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  14. sturgus

    sturgus Member

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    I have had one like this since 1977. It still sounds good.

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  15. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    For people in the USA, SPEC and Series 20 is the best of the best.
     
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  16. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    For people in Japan, Exclusive is the creme de la creme of Pioneer. The ultimate Pioneer and the best the company could make.
     
  17. EddieMann

    EddieMann Forum Resident

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    Geneva, IL. USA.
    +1 on the Pioneer SA-9500 II.
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  18. missan

    missan Forum Resident

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    Stockholm
    As for sound quality I thought the A-07 was rather good.
     
  19. allied333

    allied333 Active Member

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    waterford, mi
    BTW- CR-220 is an all discrete design SS receiver. Best I ever heard for solid-state, but prefer tube design.
     
  20. Was that a whole line of Exclusiv gear or just turntables?
     
  21. pez

    pez Well-Known Member

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    uk
    I have an A227 still in use and love it. It's made my Arcam alpha 3 redundant!
     
  22. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    There was a whole line of Exclusive gear. Japan domestic market only. Even loudspeakers.
     
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