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Pioneer & Hitachi Overlap

Was there some sort of overlap between Pioneer and Hitachi back in the 70's? I was just looking over a Hitachi SR-302 receiver and realized that it's almost an exact copy of my Pioneer SX-450. I think the placement of the headphones jack is the only difference in the order and placement of the front panel components. The two receivers were made within the same date window approximately 1975 and 1979, both rated at 15 wpc, but have different specific internal system features.

I originally posted this question on the Vinyl Engine Forum, but this is no doubt the better location...

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Re: Pioneer & Hitachi Overlap

Hi Roscopc,

not only with Pioneer but you can find Hitachi's devices also branded 3M, Denon or with other brands (some Hitachi's TV set were also branded ITT Nokia). The reason was in the Japanese's mass production sites system. Some japanese's cities were completely converted to produces electronics devices; the production lines roll-out a generic device without brand, then the major electronics companies were invited to examine the device and tell to the mass production site if interested or not to distribute the device. In affirmative case the company can requires some customization (brand, colour, menu graphics and commands) for his own brand. That's the reason why the same devices could be found similar with different brands.

For instance: try to find the picture of DENON DCD-2000 and compare it with Hitachi DA-1000



Re: Pioneer & Hitachi Overlap

OK. Thanks very much Krokkor. I ended up buying the Hitachi for $26 USD in great condition. It's on the bench, but I haven't cleaned, lubed, deox'd and powered it up yet. It seems to be pretty well made internally... good heatsinks, etc. I'm not a big fan of the folded wood-grain-metal cabinet, but maybe the sound will surprise me. For cheap money, it's hard to be disappointed.

My youngest daughter and all of her friends, that live in tiny apartments, are into vinyl, so the Hitachi will probably get mated up to an old TT, a set of bookshelf speakers and become part of someone's budget vintage system.