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Pioneer SX-790

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1978-80)

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Pioneer SX-790


The Pioneer SX-790 is an AM/FM stereo receiver with direct-coupled DC power amplifier giving a continuous power output of 45 watts per channel.

The pre-amplifier circuitry is class-A like top of the line receivers and the tuner section is packed with the same Pioneer exclusive ICs.

The tone control network is of CR-type with centre flat position circuited after the control amplifier itself.

Other features include push-button speaker switches and meters for station cenetring and signal strength.


Tuning range: FM, MW

Frequency response: 5Hz to 80kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MM), 90dB (line)

Dimensions: 480 x 140 x 320mm

Weight: 11.2kg

Year: 1978


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Reviewed Jan 16th, 2016 by ilkkasuni

These late-70's Pioneer amps and stereo receivers just were pure joy. Manufacturers were struggling to gain market share, and they put their best effort even in the consumer class products.

Very warm, tube-like sound, smooth yet rich and powerful throughout the range. I bought mine in 1979, and only nowadays [at the age of 35+] starts she sounding to possibly need recapping.

I audio quality, this little beast has beaten dozens of consumer class amps I have owned, as the years passed. Amazing ability to handle even big 4 ohm speakers.

The only bad thing to say about this receiver [the amp] is the horribly awkwardly behaving balance control.



re: SX-790

By 'horribly awkwardly behaving (sic) balance control, I would kinda agree. It works OK, but a better balance control could have been achieved by individual volume controls for each channel's speakers.
But when following the operator's manual to adjust balance, (ie switching to Mono and listening for volume difference between Left and Right channels then adjusting) one can achieve a fairly decent balance.

SX-790 Manuals

SEE the SX-780. The 790 is identical to the 780 except for the Front dial face, which is BLACK instead of Silver.

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