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Pioneer VSX-3600

Audio / Video Stereo Receiver (1990)

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Pioneer VSX-3600


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Surround output: 100W (front), 15W (rear)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 70kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 72dB (MM), 97dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω to 16Ω

Video Connections: composite

Dimensions: 420 x 125 x 330mm

Weight: 8.5kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1990



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Reviewed Mar 24th, 2017 by lonewolf1973

A lowend/mid price receiver I purchased new in 1990, along with a Pioneer 5 cassette changer. For the money, it was an excellent receiver. I never had any trouble with it driving 2 12 3 way speakers. The unit also features a seven band equalizer, which allows tailoring sound to your liking. At 100w per channel, and 390w of power consumption, it rocks.

Unfortunately, I opted to replace it with a Pioneer VSX914, which boasted 110wpc(at 300w??) For the added feature of a center channel surround. Big mistake. The 3600 had richer sound and more punchy bass. I regretfully sold the 3600 for about $75 on eBay in 2005.

The 3600 was manufactured in Japan before they decided to move to Malaysia and China. A very nice unit for the price and decade.



Display not working


My VSX 3300's tuner/amp display does not work. Everything else works to perfection. Am I missing something? Or is it a known fault and I have to consider repairs?


Desperate Ben!

Check the solder joints on

Check the solder joints on the display tube. Also, check the power supply voltages. The main rails should be OK, it's the minor rails that may be having problems.

You have two supplies for a vacuum fluorescent display...the actual display control voltage going to the chip that runs the display and the display tube filament voltage. Both must be present.

Hi, Thanks for your time


Thanks for your time replying to my post. I really appreciate it.

Although I am no techy guy, I opened the receiver's cover and had a good look. Nothing seemed loose. As far as I could see, it was 'normal'.

Are you familiar with the idea that a certain combination of remote buttons could dim/disable the display? I have no 'dimmer' button on my remote as my Pioneer is a 1988 model!

I will do a run on Google to see what I can find. Again, thanks for your help.


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