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Fisher 500-TX

Solid State Stereophonic AM/FM Receiver (1970)

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Fisher 500-TX


The new Fisher 500-TX is a highly advanced receiver that houses all the electronics of a complete high fidelity stereo system in one compact, decorator styled unit. It is actually a no-compromise combination of three separate Fisher components: a sensitive, wideband AM FM stereo tuner; a versatile, low-noise preamp control unit; and a wideband, low-distortion power amplifier.

The FM-tuner section itself incorporates several design innovations, among them a dual gate FET front end with Tune O Matic and Autoscan station selection and an extremely selective crystal IF filter, an integrated circuit IF amplifier, and a multiplex decoder with exclusive Stereo Beacon.

While relatively simple to operate, the 500-TX is also extremely versatile, permitting immediate radio listening enjoyment with just the addition of your speakers and the FM dipole antenna, and with the subsequent connection of suitable accessories, expansion into a complete home entertainment system.

It will play a wealth of program sources: AM, FM, and FM stereo broadcasts, mono and stereo phonograph records, plus any one of a wide variety of auxiliary sources of your choice. Special facilities are also included for adding reverberation with the Fisher K-10 Dynamic Spacexpander, for tape recording the selected program while listening, and for playing back the recording or any pre recorded tape through the receiver at your convenience.

Whatever the program, the unit's complete array of controls and switches enable you to shape its sound characteristics to suit your personal tastes and listening conditions, while also providing selective listening through any desired combination of main speakers, optional center and remote speakers, and conveniently connected stereo headphones.

In all cases, the 500-TX's advanced design and superior performance assure you of sensitive, noise free radio reception; excellent channel separation on all stereo sources; wideband audio response; and ample low distortion power reserve; characteristics producing that effortless 'transparent' sound that has become the hallmark of Fisher transistorized components.


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 65 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 25kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

Damping factor: 30

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 300mV (DIN), 250mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 60dB (MM), 65dB (line)

Channel separation: 45dB (MM), 50dB (line)

Output: 400mV (line)

Dimensions: 16-7/8 x 4-13/16 x 14-1/2 inches

Weight: 30lbs

Year: 1970



re: 500-TX

When Did the Fisher 500-TX first come out and How Long was it Made?
I inherited one from my Uncle in 2011 and I use it in my garage with a Cd Player, Tape Deck, 8 Track Player and I have a Reverberation unit and Equalizer Hooked up to it.
I was going to sell it at first but I thought it'd be better to use it in my garage instead!

My Uncle Died in 2013 and I helped take care of his Wife [my Aunt] until she died in 2015; I wish I had asked My Uncle about his stereo system when he was alive but I Never thought of it.
He had a Big and Confusing system put together that I'm Still as of 4/2/16 Trying to figure out how he had it all hooked up and I only have a few picture to go by.
He had: a Turn Table, 8 track Player, Tape Deck and Reel to Reel player plus a Reverb unit, an Amplifier [only] and then a second Receiver Amplifier all hooked up through a Massive Switching Unit [I'd Love to Know if it was made by him or if a Company sold one like it] and then at Least four speakers hooked
up to the system. He might have had more speakers hooked up but I don't really remember.

Before he died he had taken most of the system apart, gotten rid of the reverb,the Amplifier and the Switching unit and only used 5 basic components.
He had the Turn Table, Tape Deck, 8 Track player and a CD Player all hooked up to the second receiver he had bought. My Aunt's side of her family got all my Uncles Stuff including the stereo so I Pretty Happy I was able to get his older Fisher 500-TX from him When I did.
I'm pretty sure no one will ever read this, but that's ok I'm still Writing it anyways.
I sure do miss them both!

re: 500-TX

See my comments from 2013 post. I bought mine in 2009 and it's one of the best FISHER's I have, among both Solid state and Tube. It has more power than all of my solid state FISHER's (700-T 550-T, 400-T, 250-TX, 160-T) and tube (800C (x2), 400, TA-600, and 9 consoles.

re: 500-TX

the 500TX and the 800-T are basically the same unit. Differences are minor.

500-TX is SINGLE VOLTAGE and was produced for DOMESTIC SALES ONLY.

the 800-T is a Multi Voltage unit, Produced for Overseas Military personnel and sold thru the Military Exchange system.

The Faceplate colors are different.

The RK-30 wired remote was a $29.99 option on the 500-TX whereas it was included as part ofthe 800-T.

The 500-TX & 800-T were made from mid 1969 for the 1970 model year (sept '69 to aug '70 thru the summer of 1972 (end of '72 model year). They were the top of the line models for FISHER until the 1973 model year unit's (stereo and quads) came out.


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