• Bose Knows: The Highs And The Lows (A Review Of An Old Pair Of Speakers)

    In my last post, Rebuilding the Past, I mentioned that I was going to try to put together something akin to my first stereo system, and that I had a line on a Pioneer SX-450 receiver. Yesterday, I met with the Craigslist seller. After talking for 20 minutes or so, I decided he was on the up-and-up, and parted with a small amount of cash, collected my new/old receiver, and headed off down the road for the day’s adventures in computer shopping (which will be a subject of a later posting, I’m certain). Horrible iPhone picture of my

  • Rebuilding The Past

    Pioneer SX-450 Integrated Receiver c. 1978 When I was young, I listened to this radio… Or rather, one just like it. It wasn’t very powerful at only 15 watts per channel. And, it certainly wasn’t very fancy, with only basic controls, a couple of inputs, and an analog AM/FM tuner. But it sure sounded good. I think I chose the Pioneer because my Dad had a Pioneer, and because Pioneer had a very good reputation and their gear was reasonably priced. Along with the receiver, I had a Pioneer turntable and

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