View Poll Results: What 70's Audio Gear is your Favorite?

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  • Kenwood

    1 5.88%
  • Luxman

    0 0%
  • Marantz

    3 17.65%
  • McIntosh

    5 29.41%
  • Phase Linear

    3 17.65%
  • Pioneer

    3 17.65%
  • Rotel

    0 0%
  • Sansui

    0 0%
  • Sherwood

    1 5.88%
  • Yamaha

    1 5.88%
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Thread: Favorite 70's Rec./Amp/Int./Tuner/Pre

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    Favorite 70's Rec./Amp/Int./Tuner/Pre

    Without considering speakers, cassette decks, turntables etc. and only the gear listed in the title.

    I hope I listed the 10 best companies, or at least the 10 most widely known in the 70's in the poll.

    Other lesser known companies that were really good IMO were Allied, Lafayette, Tandberg, Concept, Harmon Kardon.... but not poular enough to make it into the "Top 10".

    There were a myriad of other companies and I'm sure I missed a few, but no others come to mind currently that I can really consider "hi-fi", Even Kenwood for the most part was "mid-fi" gear.

    If anyone else has anymore they'd like to add, I'm always willing to learn about new companies that I've never heard of.

    Thanks for voting!

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    Boycott stupid polls.

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    Don, that's so activist of you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    Boycott stupid polls.
    Woah!

    Okay -= re-edit to stay on topic ...

    When I bought my L-36s back in '76 I got a Phillips 212 and a Yamaha CR400 - 22 glorious watts a channel.
    Not a lot of power but those first generation Yamaha Receivers were REAL clean!
    I was REAL low budget in those days - thank goodness those JBLs are REAL efficient!
    2ch: Oppo, Acurus RL-11, JBL 240ti, Heath AS101, Carver TFM-25,Von Schweikert VR4
    7: Oppo BDP103D, B&K, UREI 809A, JBL B460,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    Boycott stupid polls.
    You following me around trying to get people to turn against me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    Boycott stupid polls.
    With advance apologies to Mr. Widget, KUDOS DON!


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    Is that all you people care about is finding a way to rub even more salt into the wounds?

    If you have a problem with this poll, or have objections to any of the companies, you need not vote. I know this is hardly a definitive list, I merely listed the 10 companies that I felt were the most popular and recognizable back in the time period.. And I know that its slighted by my own preferences which to everyone on these boards is obviously completely wrong when it comes to whats acutally good audio gear..

    If you really ALL wish for me to have this poll removed, I'll respectfully ask the moderators to remove it..

    Again, I apologize, I AM SORRY!! PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!

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    I just don't think that we need any equipment popularity contests here. What a waste bandwidth. It's only my opinion though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    I just don't think that we need any equipment popularity contests here. What a waste bandwidth.
    that shud be selection 11 in the poll.
    So we cheated and we lied and we tested,
    and we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do

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    Well, let's see, out of nine posts, one is on topic and eight are various off topic editorials. We can add this post to the latter, and we get 90% off topic posts so far in this thread.

    I'm no mathematician, but who's really wasting the bandwidth here? It appears it is not the original post.

    Maybe I can cut that to 85% by noting that I chose Kenwood. My very first receiver was the Kenwood KR-6160, which I purchased together with a Dual 1219 and JBL L100 Centuries. What a great combo!

    I fried the output transistors (twice over the years) and replaced it with a Kenwood KA-6100 integrated amp with dual DC power supplies.

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    if it were listed i would say dc 300a but its not so mac is my choice

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    Phase Linear - of course. All other brands at that time were for plebs!

    During the late 70's a friend had Phase Linear grear driving VOTTs in his appartment. These were the big VOTTs with the horns on top. This guy had a serious inferiority complex. You can imagine the parties. Glad I wasn't his neighbor! Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    Well, let's see, out of nine posts, one is on topic and eight are various off topic editorials. We can add this post to the latter, and we get 90% off topic posts so far in this thread.

    I'm no mathematician, but who's really wasting the bandwidth here? It appears it is not the original post.

    Maybe I can cut that to 85% by noting that I chose Kenwood. My very first receiver was the Kenwood KR-6160, which I purchased together with a Dual 1219 and JBL L100 Centuries. What a great combo!

    I fried the output transistors (twice over the years) and replaced it with a Kenwood KA-6100 integrated amp with dual DC power supplies.
    Thank you TI,, Thats nice to hear... Happy I added Kenwood to the list, as many considered their gear to be "mid-fi"... Sounds like you had a great system .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    I just don't think that we need any equipment popularity contests here. What a waste bandwidth. It's only my opinion though.
    Not having the pleasure to be alive in the 70's "hi-fi" heyday, I was curious to know what you guys really think of some of this stuff. And never meant this poll to be a popularity contest of any kind. I was merely curious to know what you guys were into and thought it would be neat to hear from those who were around when this stuff was popular, and figured that some of you would like to reminisce about the good old days when it was cool to own L100's and a Pioneer receiver. Now IPODs and mini-systems are all the rage and it makes me wonder what things were like back them.. I know my dad can go on for days about his Gyro-tuning Marantz...

    We could be talking about worse things now couldn't we?

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    It's too damn hard to be so specific WRT brands and still get any meaningful information. In the '70s I was using JBL 030s in C37 boxes powered by a Kenwood receiver and a Thorens turntable. When one of the 075s blew, it was repaired by JBL at no cost and with no problem, though they did suggest I look for some "high-frequency oscillation problem" with my amp. So I chucked the Kenwood, bought a used McIntosh C20 ($125) and Fisher SA-1000 amp ($90). I used the Fisher until the tubes became unavailable. The Mac kept getting annual overhauls at the Mac clinics. I bought my first Crown D150 in 1974, trading the Fisher. So the only choices I really have on your poll are the Kenwood which killed my 075, or the Mac which I still own but it's really a '60s unit, not '70s. Why not Crown? I was 21 when I bought it but I'd lusted after one for years. But to me, back then and now, the Crowns made the Macs run and hide. I even have the "proof of performance" from the Mac Clinic on my Crown D150. They praised it highly and it exceeded all claims of performance from Crown. The Mac techs were very interested in discussing my Crown...while they overhauled the C-20....for the third time!

    My vote?: Crown and Soundcraftsmen. Still own 'em both. Bought them in the '70s and they're still playing today.
    (Still have my Sherwood tuner, too, but I'm not voting for that, either)

    PS: my best friend in high-school ('71 graduate) used new L100's and a JBL integrated amp. Are they missing because you think we're too biased? Just looking for non-JBL input? What? (They couldn't hold a candle to the 030/Mac/Fisher combination though.)

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