I have amassed some other stereo gear recently. I can’t offer the same labor warranty like I can on turntables, but I will guarantee functionality. I’ll refund your money if there are any problems. Jump to Cassette Decks ,CD Players, Speakers
Sansui 9090DB — $1200
One of the king-daddy classic “monster” receivers from the mid-70s. 125 watts per channel of mighty, clean and sweet vintage 1975 power. Like Wooderson say in Dazed and Confused, “We are talking some f****n’ muscle.” Beautiful tone, tons of overhead, this baby can push anything you throw at it. This particular unit is in perfect shape functionally, and almost mint cosmetically, with just a few very minor marks. Vintage receivers just don’t get much cooler than this.
Pioneer SX-950 — $600
Another powerful classic, this one from 1976. 85 watts per channel of very punchy power and beautiful tone. The wood case with a few dings on the back left side but is still gorgeous. The 950 has a known issue with faulty transistors in the power supply, but this one has already been repaired and should give years of great service.
Sansui 5000A — $350
I love the sound of this 1969 model. Sansui was doing their best to get a tube sound from solid state amps and they nailed it on this one. 55 watts per channel of gorgeous glorious warmth. And a beautiful wood case to boot. This one has the updated 6013 driver boards and has had the problematic power switch replaced, so should be good to go for many sonically wondrous years.
Kenwood KR-5340 — $110
A great starter vintage receiver, this Kenwood runs at 25 watts/channel (or 10 watts/channel in quadraphonic/4 channel mode). Some minor cosmetic dings and missing a knob cap on the speaker button, still works beautifully and looks very classy with lovely real wood panels on the sides.
Nakamichi 600 (walnut case) — $400
A remarkable — and beautiful — deck from Nakamichi’s formative era in the early ’70s. Nothing made by any other company could touch what Naks were doing at this time, and these decks still sound fabulous 44 years later. Rugged transport, metal parts and outstanding design. For a great write-up on this model, look here. While there are still quite a few 600s in circulation, very few have the optional walnut case like this one. Cassette decks don’t get much classier than this one. Two heads, Dolby B NR only. Can record chrome tapes (type II) and normal tapes (type I), can play back metal tapes (type IV).
Sony TC-WE805S — $160
At the time of its manufacture in the mid-’90s, this was Sony’s best cassette deck short of the luxury ES line (the only difference between this and the ES version is an upgraded transport in deck A). It has virtually every feature you could possibly think of in a cassette deck — pitch control, auto-reverse, dual (simultaneous) recording, relay playback and recording, music search, high-speed dubbing, auto-bias calibration, Dolby B, C, S and HX Pro, real-time counters, you name it. This one has had its belts replaced so should be good to go for several more years of flawless full-featured operation.
Nakamichi BX-150 — $100
The knock on the BX series is the rubber idler tires lose their grip after time and need replacing. When this one came to me, it was (and still is) running strong so I have to assume that the idler was replaced at some point. Back in the ’80s, all the tape-heads lusted after these decks and with good reason — they have outstanding sonics. This is the much less common silver version (most were black). Two heads, Dolby B and C. Comes with owner’s manual.
Onkyo TA-2026 — $75
Onkyo gear from the late ’80s has a great reputation and deservedly so. While other Japanese manufacturers were cutting costs (and quality), Onkyo stayed commited to making reliable, affordable, and sonically pleasing products, especially their cassette decks and receivers. This TA-2026 is a solid two head deck that does everything right. AMS, Dolby B & C.
Onkyo TA-R240 — $60
Another reliable performer from Onkyo. This one has auto-reverse, AMS, Accubias, Dolby B and C.
Yamaha K-340 — $50
Solid Yamaha quality cassette deck, Dolby B, C and HX Pro.
Yamaha KX-250– $50
Another solid Yamaha quality cassette deck, Dolby B, C and HX Pro.
Sony CDP-M555ES — $200
A 400-disc Sony ES edition CD jukebox with a deluxe remote and new belts! Large enough capacity to fit an entire collection (or optionally you can chain it with other units for even more). Reads CD text discs and/or you can input disc names and search your collection via the remote. Has optical digital output for feeding into a DAC. The last CD player you’ll ever need, and with fresh belts for years of trouble-free operation.
Cambridge Audio D500 — $150
Single CD player with outstanding sonics. Cambridge Audio has a reputation for high-end quality and this player certainly delivers the goods. Optical digital output for feeding into a DAC. New tray belt, perfect working order. With box, no remote.
Sony CDP-CX300 — $125
Another Sony MegaStorage unit, this one with 300 disc capacity, new belts and a remote. Keyboard input, optical digital output for feeding into a DAC.