Pioneer SX

Audio receivers evolved greatly in the 1970s and 1980s, achieving over 100 watts per channel for the first time in history. The Pioneer SX is one of the brands that was part of this revolution in the industry and is still manufacturing audio products to this day. Pioneer SX has audio products that are both technologically up-to-date as well as those that are vintage for audio collecting.

How powerful is a Pioneer SX radio receiver?

This varies between the model and age of the product. Here are a few examples of SX wattage:

  • Pioneer SX-1980 (1976 model) - 270 watts per channel into 8 ohms
  • Pioneer SX-1250 (1978) - 160 watts into 8 ohms
  • Pioneer SX-D5000 (1980) - 80 watts into 8 ohms
  • Pioneer SX-10AE (2017) - 100 watts into 6 ohms
  • Pioneer SX-S30 (2017) - 85 watts into 4 ohms
How can you decide between a vintage or current receiver?

Either choice has its advantages. Those who are likely to want a vintage receiver are those who would connect it to a vinyl player, likely preferring the output sound quality of both vinyl records and older stereo receivers to their more recent counterparts. Current receivers are suitable choices for people who want a high-tech experience with the capability of surround sound and compatibility with other devices such as an AV receiver, Bluetooth or MCACC.

How do you achieve great sound quality with a receiver?

While current Pioneer receivers tend to be more consistent in their sound quality with not much of a search involved for the perspective buyer, there are important factors to look for in order to find the sound quality you are looking for in a vintage receiver:

  • Know what you want in sound quality, as this is a subjective matter.
  • Ensure that the Pioneer receiver is adequately matched with related sound tools according to the guidelines addressed in the next section.
How do you choose good speakers for your receiver?

Here are a few basic guidelines for making a good match between a receiver and related audio tools:

  • The lower the measurement of ohms, the more dependence a speaker has on amplifiers.
  • 8-ohm receivers are most compatible with amplifiers from the 1970s or before and with speakers that match the amplifiers in wattage.
  • Look for speakers with a high rating of sensitivity, ideally 90 or more dB for more recent stereo receivers.
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