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1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-4500

First, a little history on this receiver...

When I was 2, my father bought a stereo system, consisting of a Sony linear tracking turntable, Pioneer CLD-M90, Sony TC-K670 3 head cassette deck, sony 27" TV, a VCR of some sort, and Bose 10.2 speakers. I figured out how to use this system (most of it, that is), when I was about 2 and a half. I could play records, CD's, radio and tapes. That's as far back as I can remember....

We moved from the house when I was 5, and my father gave the speakers away, and tried to give the remaining components away (linear TT died, probably from me, and I remember taking it apart once it was dead and figuring out how belt drive worked), but I put up such a fuss that he stored them in my grandmothers basement. I got them back when i was 9, after bugging my mother to go get them. Used them for a long while, until 7th grade or so, when I wrangled a somewhat working Pioneer SX-780 away from a friend. Was using some crap no name speakers that I later blew.

Last time I used this receiver, it was through Panasonic SB-1600 thrusters.

So I got it back from my friend, and put it in my closet. This morning, I did not have to help teach at my sunday school, so I thought that I'd pull it down for a test. Hooked up New large Advents and ProJect 1 Xpression III with Sumiko Oyster cart....put on Placido Domingo's Perhaps Love (side 2).

Turned me into a little puddle into my listening chair. I then put on Growing Up In Hollywood Town (Lincoln Mayorga and Amanda McBroom)....and was treated to the best soundstaging and detail I have ever heard in my home.....the only thing I have ever heard better was the McIntosh demo that I went to a few months ago, and that was with 300w tube monoblocks, line arrays, tube pre and the McIntosh MT10.....

This thing sounds great!

I had my mother come in to my room, to make sure that it wasn't my ears deceiving me, and she didn't notice the extra receiver (she hates gear), and said that everything sounded amazing, lifelike, and true..... It's far more open and extended on both ends of the frequency range, and far more dynamic.....

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120wpc, both channels driven, no more than 0.015% distortion....

It gets really warm, though....

Anyone else here heard of it, or it's larger siblings that share the same electronics outside of the DSP area, the STR-D2070 and -D3070?

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

Now, this is the stuff I like to read about. Nice write!

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

Now, wait a minute! I looked that up in the 1993 Orion Book and this is what it states.


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STR-AV1070X (MILITARY) 5CH/DOLBY PRO-LOGIC SURROUND; INDEX 48918

What the hell you got there? Post some pictures.

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

Military?

Do we have clearance to see any pics?

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

Oh, heck yeah we do! Looks who's running for president on side and vice president on the other. Of course we all have clearance.

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

HA!

BTW, if anyone was wondering, I'm 16, and my father got the system before I was 2...

Here's the receiver in replay mode from a cassette. It has user assignable input names. A very useful feature.

And replay from vinyl:

It's got a LOT of battle scars.....but not as bad as one would expect from a receiver that survived 3 years at a rowdy teenagers house and use at the hands of a child that was 9-12....

As to the military angle, no clue....

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

Mayeb it needed to be military spec to survive.

Assignable inputs are very handy.

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

Prolly did. I still don't have any inkling as to why it's still working.

It's got a few problems, but nothing that I don't think I can handle. Mainly re-soldering the inputs, as they are not making good contact with the main board and I can feel that they are loose.

It's also got assignable spaces for radio station call letters for all 30 presettable stations. So I can program it to display the call letters, which are slightly more interesting than the frequency.

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I can imagine. Thanks for following up with some pictures.

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Mayeb it needed to be military spec to survive.

Assignable inputs are very handy.

Perhaps it was only sold though an overseas military exchange. I bought some Teak professional tape stuff in Italy in the late 1970's that was not available in the USA at the time.

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Re: 1991 Sony STR-AV1070X just wiped the floor with my Onkyo TX-

My father got out of the Military in 1971 or -2, o I doubt that that's it, and he told me that he bought it new from a store...

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I don't know why its listed in the Orion book as military. There are separate entries for the STR-AV1070 and the STR-AV1070X (MILITARY). Anyone else got any Orion books and can look this up as well?

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gray market maybe...that was a big problem in the 70s and 80's with military designated gear in overseas exchanges.

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gray market maybe...that was a big problem in the 70s and 80's with military designated gear in overseas exchanges.

Nah, the timeline is like this. His dad was discharged from the military in 71 or so. The receiver was manufactured in 1991.

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