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Pioneer TX-9500

AM/FM Stereo Analogue Tuner (1975-79)

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Pioneer TX-9500


Inside it's one of the most circuit-packed AM/FM tuners Pioneer have ever built. And outside it's one of the cleanest and most simple to use.

The Pioneer TX-9500 has a new streamlined look, logically-arranged switches and controls, and a scientifically-designed tuning system that makes it all look so easy.

But it's what's inside that counts: dual-gate MOS FETs and a 5-gang variable capacitor boost FM front end sensitivity to a superb 1.5uV (IHF). The FM IF has 7 ICs with differential amps, 4 ceramic filters (with 2 elements each) and a wide-band linear detector to pinpoint selectivity at 85dB or better and beef up the capture ratio to 1.0dB (IHF). Even in stereo the S/N is a super high 75dB, with total harmonic distortion of 0.2% at 1KHz.

Thanks to the PLL MPX (phase lock loop multiplex) demodulator, stereo separation stretches to a wide 35dB over the 50 to 10,000Hz range. Stability? Even in signal-weak or signal-strong areas your station comes in clean and fresh.

Planning to record off the air? Hit the switch for the built-in 440Hz test signal generator and check the output level against your deck's VUs for optimum adjustment before the music begins.


  • Type: Mono/Stereo Tuner

    Tuning Bands: FM, MW

    Tuning Scale: Analogue

    Sensitivity: 1.5uV (FM), 300uV (MW)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB (FM), 50dB (MW)

    Distortion: 0.5% (FM)

    Selectivity: 85dB (FM), 40dB (MW)

    Frequency response: 20Hz to 15kHz (FM)

    Output: 650mV

    Semiconductors: 3 x FET, 11 x IC, 34 x transistors, 23 x diodes

    Dimensions: 420 x 150 x 365mm

    Weight: 9.1kg

  • Type: Mono/Stereo Tuner

    Tuning Bands: FM, MW

    Tuning Scale: Analogue

    Sensitivity: 1.5uV (FM), 300uV (MW)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 77dB (FM), 55dB (MW)

    Distortion: 0.5% (FM)

    Selectivity: 85dB (FM), 30dB (MW)

    Frequency response: 20Hz to 15kHz (FM)

    Output: 650mV (FM), 200mV (MW)

    Semiconductors: 5 x FET, 15 x IC, 12 x transistors, 19 x diodes

    Dimensions: 420 x 150 x 395mm

    Weight: 9.5kg


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Reviewed Dec 16th, 2019 by

One of the top five tuners of all time in my experience. It's not spectacularly rare, which is the only thing that keeps its resale/demand stats less than a couple of other unobtanium tuners, but it gives up little to nothing in audio quality or RF quality, IF the sample on hand has been aligned and was taken care of by its previous owner(s). My advice about all mid-to-late '70s Pioneer Silver Era (as well as '90s/00's era Elite) gear applies: Don't hate it because it's beautiful. It delivers the goods while being thus and just because Pioneer (along with Superscope/Marantz) ruled the marketplace in Hi-Fi during its second golden age is no reason to throw shade at the nameplate. A few from that time did, but industry politics had as much or more to do with that, than the quality of their products. Their TOTL stuff (do your research) could stand toe to toe with anybody's.

Reviewed Jan 25th, 2019 by

Wonderful high fidelity tuner.
Owned since 1977, always been happy as a baby with this great sounding machine.

Reviewed Aug 25th, 2017 by

I rescued my TX9500 and repaired and recapped it. This tuner provides near CD quality sound. I've never heard a tuner that so faithfully reproduces music. The highs are crisp, the lows are punchy, and the mids are smooth. I paired this with an SA9500 and I will never sell this pair. Wow.



re: TX-9500

Hi. I have TX 9500 II Radio. We cleaned it and looks good however stereo light did not work. What should I do?

Need service Manual for TX-9500II

I would love to have a complete service manual on file. I do have the schematics already.

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tx-9500 ii

i just uploaded the manual it's wating for approval.


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