Classic audio - Pioneer, Sansui, Aiwa, Leak, Sony

This page maps some retro, mainly Japanese Hi-Fi. Since the 70's when these started being made, Hi-Fi has come a long way. However, quality has crossed over with cost - modern stuff is relatively much cheaper but not always better.

Some Schematics are also here - see descriptions below

They don't build them like they used to!

With modern hi-fi the creed is 'less is more'. In retro audio happily this philosophy is reversed, resulting in the rather more natural 'more is more' approach.

This means that the more aluminiun, knobs, switches, lamps, dials, power etc the better.
The look to go for is big, brutish, heavy and massively over-engineered. Usually the power of the big beasts is such that by sheer control and huge damping factors they can sound pretty good too. So that new Musical Fidelity might get a better write up in the Hi-Fi press which they advertize in - but the big 20year old Pioneer will show it whose boss.

Speakers is the area where expensive modern stuff can better 70s and 80s stuff, if the money is put into the product, but FM receivers and amplifiers haven't moved that far - except for remote controlled volume controls!

Sony STR-313L + Schematics + Brochure

Str 313l PICT0022

Sony ST-313L

Dscf0005 St 313l

Sony SA-313

Dscf0005 Sa 313

Aiwa AX7600

No photo yet - later!

Rotel RX-202


Pioneer SX-535 + Schematics

Sx 535 SX 535bw

Pioneer SX-800 (tube) + Schematics (also for sx800a)

Sx800 08 Sx800 09 PICT0032

Pioneer SX-838 + Schematics

Dscf0004 Dscf0009 Dscf0006

Pioneer SX-780

Sx 780

Pioneer SX-880

Sx 880 PICT0017

Pioneer SX-1080 + Schematics

PICT0004 1 Sx 1080 Sx 1080 Interior

Sansui 220 (tube) + Schematics

Sansui 220 PICT0038

Sansui 250 (tube)

Sansui 250

Sansui 1000A (tube) + Schematics

PICT0007 Sansui1000a schematics 1000A

Sansui 5000X (solid state)

Sansui 5000x

Sansui 661 + Manual


Sansui G-7000


Leak 3900A Integrated amplifier

PICT0008 Leak3900a PICT0005
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