Looks tasty...

plastic penguin

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On page 33 of Jan edition of the mag is a picture new Onkyo Power amp. Lovely retro look with those VU meters, reminiscent of the Accuphase amps. If they sound half as good as they look should be some amp.

Hope WHFI S&V recieve a dem sample....
 

plastic penguin

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scene:Yep, retro chic is back in I think! Though, at £2,500 quoted price I can't see me getting one any time soon...

Agreed: the price is steep
But give it a couple of years and you'll probably see discounted models.



Oooo, that does look good though.
 

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Troy62:For some reason I've never even considered Onkyo stuff but that is just hifi porn

It looks like a stainless steel oven to me. Not my thang I'm afraid.
 

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I love the look of brushed s/steel 70s Japanese gear - a couple of my uncles had pretty decent JVC and Pioneer systems when I was a teenager, and there is something pleasurable in something that is made with such precisions and sold feel to it. If hi fi was all about looks I'd have a house full of Pioneer and Yamaha stuff. I wonder if Yamaha will ever make laptops.....

What is interesting is how things come in full circle - 20 years ago anything with VU Meters anywhere near the signal path would have been laughed off the page as not even remotely serious, you can still switch off the displays of most CDPs, and amps have been bereft of tone controls for a generation now.
 

plastic penguin

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SteveR750:

I love the look of brushed s/steel 70s Japanese gear - a couple of my uncles had pretty decent JVC and Pioneer systems when I was a teenager, and there is something pleasurable in something that is made with such precisions and sold feel to it. If hi fi was all about looks I'd have a house full of Pioneer and Yamaha stuff. I wonder if Yamaha will ever make laptops.....

What is interesting is how things come in full circle - 20 years ago anything with VU Meters anywhere near the signal path would have been laughed off the page as not even remotely serious, you can still switch off the displays of most CDPs, and amps have been bereft of tone controls for a generation now.

I concur, it's come full-circle. I used to have one of those Pioneers BTW.

If we enter a period of retro looking stuff I'll be in seventh heaven.

 

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Not bad. I still prefer even the modern Luxmans and Accuphases, but I'll have to see if I can have a listen to one of these.

Going by prices in Japan, it retails for around 2,000 pounds and can probably get picked up cheaper, so hopefully UK prices should drop too (or maybe exchange rate will swing back in your favour)
 
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plastic penguin:
I concur, it's come full-circle. I used to have one of those Pioneers BTW.

If we enter a period of retro looking stuff I'll be in seventh heaven.



PP: I have one of those ready for a buyer to pick up. I've had the SA-506 and sold it, now I'm selling an SA-606. Looking at your post I'm almost having second thoughts. These are such enjoyable amps!
 

plastic penguin

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Jack White:plastic penguin:

I concur, it's come full-circle. I used to have one of those Pioneers BTW.

If we enter a period of retro looking stuff I'll be in seventh heaven.



PP: I have one of those ready for a buyer to pick up. I've had the SA-506 and sold it, now I'm selling an SA-606. Looking at your post I'm almost having second thoughts. These are such enjoyable amps!

Had my SA-706 for 17 years and loved it. The only reason for change because it eventually died on me.
 
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After 17 years already? Must have been a monday morning job...
 

SteveR750

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FrankHarveyHiFi:I'm all for retro coming back, as long as they bring back the build quality with it!

Indeed, I bought a Pioneer cassette deck when I was a student in 1986 and it was utter rubbish. The Golden Age was well and truly over by then, Trio had changed their name to Kenwood, brushed S/steel had been replaced with dull charcoal grey plastic, and nobody weighted their knobs with flywheels anymore....(ooh er).
 
SteveR750:

FrankHarveyHiFi:I'm all for retro coming back, as long as they bring back the build quality with it!

Indeed, I bought a Pioneer cassette deck when I was a student in 1986 and it was utter rubbish. The Golden Age was well and truly over by then, Trio had changed their name to Kenwood, brushed S/steel had been replaced with dull charcoal grey plastic, and nobody weighted their knobs with flywheels anymore....(ooh er).

A sad day indeed.

Build quality is paramount and if you are going to put ruddy great VU meters on the front it's a good idea if they acurately display something useful! Most like the old 'signal strength' meters on tuners were utter tosh or outright lies.
 

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