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Digital Synthesizer Stereo Receiver (1980)

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Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 60 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 180mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 77dB (MM), 98dB (line)

Dimensions: 120 x 480 x 382mm

Weight: 10.8kg

Year: 1980


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Reviewed Sep 16th, 2019 by timoleon.w

The R-S77 is a pretty great receiver/amplifier. I do feel the Super A technology is not just a gimmick but actually makes this amp listenable for many hours without fatigue, not something easily accomplished in the solid state side of things. I got mine cheap in non-working order, so one should expect to do minor to moderate service after 40 years. I had to replace the power switch (BTW it uses a virtually unobtainable ALPS 4PDT, but I got lucky and found one scavenged from a Carver amp). If your switch goes south I'd recommend re-wiring the entire thing with a heavy duty SPST switch wired directly to the mains. (I only deducted one point because I don't like that the transformer is constantly energized when in stand by as designed by JVC). The tuner is very sensitive on both AM and FM and has nice rich sound; it's the best of both worlds as the front end circuitry appears all analog even though the tuning is driven by a digital encoder. The phono stage is reasonably quiet and adequate--not necessarily spectacular but not bad either. I'm not sure the digital output meters are entirely accurate in terms of wattage as marked but they do give a very good visual indication of channel balance at a variety of volume levels, much easier to read across the room than analog VU meters.

Reviewed Sep 02nd, 2018 by jimmkitts

I just recently got back into HiFi after looking for a vintage TT for my son for Christmas. I ended up getting him my FIRST TT, a Realistic LAB 400 and had it completely reconditioned. While I have been looking for stuff, my daughter bought a new house and there was a receiver and pair of speakers in one of the closets that she said I could have. Turned out to be a JVC R-S77 and a pair of small bookshelf Infinity's. Hooked it up and it works perfectly with just a little static in the Speaker A switch. Deoxit should fix that. Gets good reviews and sounds great. Nice and heavy. I prefer the aesthetic of the earlier silver era or the later black era but it was free adn I think it sounds awesome.

Reviewed Jul 20th, 2018 by Thomas Brown

I've had mine since 1980 and it still outrocks most recievers today



re: R-S77

I bought mine new in 81 and it had worked flawlessly all these years.
I particularly like the SEA 5 band EQ. The sound quality is excellent and it looks terrific. The LED meters are a cool touch as well.
It's fine receiver period.

re: R-S77

This was my first (separate)audio product
Aged 15 and all of my job-on-vacation-money that -86 summer went zero.

Had it for a couple of years but sold it because I needed money for a Denon 1200/2200-setup.

I still know about the guy who bought the JVC, yes, I've think about to give him a call.....

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