Saturday, April 4, 2009
Integrated Amplifier - Pioneer SA-9500
Top photo: I like the way the Pioneer SA-9500 looks with my Harmon Kardon Citation 14 tuner. It's not too often that different manufacturers use the same color and texture of metals. These two match quite well.
I don't usually "borrow" text directly, but I like this description of the Pioneer SA-9500, so I snipped the following from the Randall Reed Studios page - A great resource for info on and purchasing vintage audio. "The SA 9500 was designed for heavy duty use with emphasis on ease of connections for other equipment and speakers. Conservatively rated at 80 watts RMS per channel into 8 ohms (100 wpc 4 ohms) with no more than 0.1% THD. It has no problem driving any kind of speakers at very loud volumes. These are tanks. Nice clean design and typical over-built Japanese craftsmanship! Made around 1975 - should still be running in 2035."
This particular unit in the photos wasn't working when I purchased it from a thrift store. I took it to my favorite stereo repair shop, who promptly replaced a portion of of the pre-amp. I wish I could get more diagnostic information from them as I'm I love geeking out on the details of what went wrong with these units, but there's a bit of a language barrier.
How does it sound? I brought it home and plugged it all in and it took about five minutes for it to warm up and function properly. Don't think solid state units need to warm up? I've had several units that acted like this. Most of them had probably been left in storage for years and just needed some life breathed back into them. A few flips of those great Pioneer toggles and clicks of those heavy, solid knobs, and it was back and running fine. It sounded as good as any of my Pioneer receivers. Typical Pioneer punch with defined mids and highs. Very smooth, nice.
If you have any photos or stories about your Pioneer SA-9500, please leave a comment or email me.
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