Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monster Receivers - Pioneer SX-1250




Although not the biggest receiver Pioneer ever made, it was the biggest for its day, and in 1976 it represented the flagship for the line. Rated conservatively at 160 watts per channel at 8 ohms, it's big even by today's standards. But, as you know, sound quality and power don't always go hand in hand. Some people don't like the Pioneer "sound" as much as others. Personally, I've always like it, and it ranks right below classic Marantz for my tastes. The sound is typical pioneer - warm, neutral, clean. This one is still part of my collection and it's definitely a "keeper." Have any more info, photos, video links, or stories about your Pioneer SX-1250? Please leave a comment or email me, and I'll add them to this post.

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  1. I had a 1250 in 1977 when I was in the army and it was sold during an attack of demonic possession. In 1998 I discovered ebay and went out of control. At one point I had over 130 pieces of vintage pioneer and sansui equipment which included 2 1250's. I now only own one Pioneer SX1250 in mint condition and it has it's original shipping box and packing materials, owner manual, repair manual and sales brochure. About 8 years ago I found an old guy that used to work in Pioneers tech department and he went through the whole thing and cleaned it up, replaced a couple blown bulbs and ran all the tests on it. The left channel was 1801 wattes and the right channel was 183. Currently it is connected to (4) Pioneer HPM100 speakers in mint condition, complimented with the full stack of Pioneer processors, reverbs, expanders, eq's, a CTF9191 cassette, PL570 turntable, PD70 cd player, RT1020 RTR, HR100 8 track.

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