The Sherwood receivers built in Chicago have a cult-like following in their homeland|
since it was one of the few brands that had not moved their production to japan
until the mid-seventies. Lusting after exotic vintage gear I could not pass on
this one when I discovered it in a shop window deep in rural Switzerland.
After a thorough clean-up and a surprisingly short hunt for three spare
bulbs, this wonderful Sherwood S-8900A came back to life and rocked
my New Large Advents. This model was built around 1974 and its
musical 50 wpc made it Sherwood's TOTL receiver at the time.
Unfortunately the Sherwood S-8900A should be the last US
built receiver by this excellent company and they gave it
a pleasant facelift. It is sought after for its galactic FM
tuner and can be equipped with a DynaQuad decoder.
The name Harman/Kardon still sends shivers down the spines of music lovers all over|
the world. After the tube era their developers relied on the use of broadband solid
state transistors, which account for this incredible brilliance across the entire
frequency range that can be found in all of their vintage amps and receivers.
This Harman/Kardon 330A from 1974 thrills the listener with its swinging
brilliance time and again. His tubey sound makes him a true sleeper
among collectors and its 20 wpc output turn out to be a more than
conservative understatement. Best components, the contrasting
green and red display as well as the wonderful woodcase turn
this HK 330A into a veritable sleeping beauty!
In 1973 the NAD company was established by german high fidelity retailers who|
joined up with a crew of skilled engineers based in London. The acronym NAD
stands for their journey into a New Acoustic Dimension where they should
find unheard musicality behind impeccable physical characteristics.
One of their earliest models is the NAD Model 140 built in 1975. Its turquoise
illumination paired with a brushed aluminium front plate account for its
distinguished look. It was assembled in Japan and delivered a balanced
35 wpc of output power. These early NADs are a rare sight nowadays.
Those who have read my short bio might remember that I bought my first true|
hifi receiver at the age of 14 after I had been successfully confirmed. That
was a pre-owned JVC VR-5505L which over the years turned out to be very
reliable until I discarded it because some of the knobs were crackling...
Almost exactly 30 years later my favourite receiver Harman/Kardon 330a
had developed a stability issue in the tuner section. Therefore I urgently
needed an adequate substitute. I rescued a JVC VR-5525L from the bin
and after a swift service it fed analytical 30 wpc to my 8 ohms JBLs.
Alas, I no longer was the young confirmee and soon I began to dislike
its linear sound. In order to emulate the HK I fiddled around with the
EQ. If my HK should be sounded I have grown fond of this effect.