katana1100 wrote:With something like the Hitachi receiver advertised, they probably didn't sell very many of them and getting parts for it would be next to impossible. Besides all of that I don't think you really need that much power for other than specialized applications. It was probably from the wattage wars, when everyone was trying to outdo the next guy for bragging rights. Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.
Well, I bet it would likely sound better than the king of power wars (that 300+ watt Technics).
He has ad for electronic repairs that he does out of his house part time, he originally listed it at $1600, then $1400, now $1200. It does have a lot of stuff on it, but I wouldn't spend $600 on it, much less $1200 just cuz I'm cheap! As it is, I have a pretty nice Realistic 2100d that is pretty neglected, sitting in the bedroom, rarely used.
I also have a never used Realistic SA2001 amp and nos Realistic TA 1001 tuner (got off ebay for $75, came in box with original packaging and looked like it was never taken out) and those things were made by Hitachi, so I guess I have my fill of Hitachi stuff (they are made quite well, love the real walnut veneer cabinets).
I bet that receiver sounds great and is well made, just happens to be the product that no one asked about- more or less, an "orphan receiver".