Thursday, June 7, 2012
I Know Ladies..."Stereos, Whateve". But You Like Music, Right? You're Reading Mr. Modtomic So You Must Love The Vintage Mod. Might As Well Combine The Two And Find Yourself A Nice Hi-Fi! Status: C'mon, Machined Aluminum And Walnut!
I know, the stereo stuff is - for some reason - a guy thing. ::shrugg:: Dunno why. Any theories? I - as a guy - have given up trying to figure out women a while back...and been happier for it! So tell us...why don't the ladies like the stereos...vintage or otherwise?
It's not that I myself am super into stereos or electronics for real. I kinda know what some really
high end units are and I have a bit of a thing for these '80s and earlier "silver face" units. This one
grabbed my attention at the St. Charles Salvation Army thrift store because of it's early "digital"
The Digital tuner is SO old school! It doesn't circle back to 88.1 after topping out at 107.9! You
have to go BACK DOWN! Fun! There's a push button above the up and down buttons to select
between manual or search and there are 8 (count them 8!!!) memory locations for you favorite
stations! Since I only listen to NPR, KDHX community radio and a couple of local college
stations, 8 is more than enough!
When it's quiet you can hear a tiny ticking sound inside the case when you change the tuner! I'm
not making this any cooler am I? Anyway, I dig it! The amplifier section is rated at 50 watts per
each of the two channels (right and left) or 25 if four speakers are used. A little research on the
web revealed that it may be under rated from the factory.
The power consumption on this receiver is a whopping 480 watts. From what I've read that
power basically divided by two and distributed to the two or four channels being used making
this actually a monster 120 watts per channel (2 speaker operation). Way way more than I'll
ever need! I was hoping to install this into the GE Granville console that I bought a while back
since it wasn't working when I got it, but now I'm not so sure I want to do that.
Not a lot of lights or twinkly bits but lots of buttons, switches and knobs to get a sound you can
live with! It's somewhat rare to find a midrange knob on a stereo like this and there are all sorts
of filters to further shape your output. Microprocessor Controlled? Like in Tron? Scary! I
hope this receiver doesn't try to take over the world!