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Austin93
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Vintage Receivers VS. Amplifiers

In search of some insight from someone experienced with vintage receivers and amplifiers. Particulalry of the 70's era.

My question is this...Are amplifiers inherently better sounding than receivers?
My Kenwood KR-6200 receiver sounds pretty good...but im ready to take the next step in my vintage HIFI journey and buy a really good replacement. I just don't know if we were comparing apples to apples if a receiver will sound as good as an amplifier.

Also its hard for me to distinguish what was considered "high end" and what was more "budget friendly" stuff in that time...

Can anybody give me some model numbers of "higher end" amplifiers from brands like Marantz, Pioneer, and Kenwood?

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

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I currently have both vintage

I currently have both vintage receivers and amps around the house. They all offer something different. Is one better than the other? Not to me. My 20w Harman Kardon 330c receiver puts out the most lush tube-like sound of the bunch. The Kenwood KA-3500 amp is a workhorse and has brilliant mids. Crown jewel is the Sansui AU-999 amp. Built like a tank, has big punch and details, yet still nice and warm. Love it. Also has a pre-amp out, which is great if you ever want to dabble in separates. The AU-777 and AU-777a are really desirable too.

If you want the tube experience, I'd look at Fisher receiver series 400, 500 or 800.

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New integrated amp!

I just purchased a Pioneer SA-9100(circa 1973-1975) from Aural HiFi in Denver. Completely recapped and serviced to original specs so i'm stoked to get it set up and hear what she can do!

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