Sunday, April 19, 2009
Receiver - Fisher 450-T
There are quite a few vintage Fisher collectors out there, and I ended up trading this nice unit to one for a pair of JBL bookshelf speakers. This Fisher had the optional, RK-40 remote control. Quite an advanced unit for its day, the 450-T sported a scan function in its tuner so you could remotely search for the next station on the dial or let it pick the next strongest station for you. This particular unit had a really nice walnut cabinet which had only a couple of tiny blemishes on it. By the collector's wide eyes, I could have probably asked for the keys to his car as well - he was quite taken by this 450-T. Apparently, the remote is hard to find these days, and the auto-scan function is rarely in working order. Finding value for these isn't always easy, and collectors will claw over each other to find one in great physical condition because they can always get the insides working one way or another.
How did it sound? It sounded fine (lots of help here, I know. . .) - a lot like many of the 1970 early solid state units Ive had in the past like my Harmon Kardon thirty three, Sansui 5000, etc. Again, who knows how this sounded 38 years ago when it rolled off the line. So many changes to the sound over so many years. I suppose it's fair to rate these more on how they look than sound. I've got an article in the works that I'll post on HiFiCollector.com that talks about rating the sound of vintage units. Stay tuned.
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