PIONEER SX-1980 RECEIVER This appears to be an impossibly rare open box Pioneer SX1980 receiver and looks to have never been hooked up to speakers as I can't find any obvious sign of a mark on the speaker wire inputs... (SEE PHOTOS) The PRISTINE original power cord is also a give away that its rarely left the confines of its box. This was owned by an audiophile who collected dozens of stereo pieces and most were open box and new condition but from the 1980's. He also had Marantz in his personal entertainment system hooked up to a JB: Paragon and a HUGE pair of Polk SDA speakers...The large collection of audio equipment was also a good clue as to why some of his used items in his collection were rarely, if ever, used beyond an initial turn on. PLEASE READ CONDITION REPORT: THIS IS OPEN BOX and looks barely touched so we very carefully removed it from the box and the clear tape holding the paper wrap had "yellowed" from age.
There is NO DUST, NO MARKS, on metal or wood - NOT A BLEMISH on the Face top bottom or sides that we can see. BUT It's not PERFECT- PLEASE NOTE: The rear Black Back has a small 3/4 vertical smudge/scuff near inputs. I did NOT try to conceal the mark but it is whiteish and looks like a styrofoam smear... It was only plugged in to clean power for 2-3 minutes and was then turned on for photos and every dial and pot and light and meter moves "like new".
I even wore gloves to keep my oils off of it. That is the extent of testing. I did not want to risk getting the clean terminals all marked or dirty. I also did not want to scratch the headphone jack.I don't know how well unused solid state electronics age when they are kept dust free. I don't think anyone really does. But the way it was stored for decades in the back of a spare bedroom closet in room that was full of boxes to the ceiling probably ends to the credibility. I cannot confirm or guarantee whether it's never been used either, but we have had trusted customers inspect it and we all comfortable concluding that it appears to be a unit that he opened, maybe tested, and then was put back in the box only to be slowly covered and lost in time under other boxes.
The long hibernation in darkness is probably why there is no dust on it, save some tiny styrofoam flecks from the packing. We will NOT open the unit. I don't want to mark the screws or cabinet. A light can easily be shined in for a visual inspection of the pristine (and heavy) components. This is UNTESTED beyond it "powers on" condition.This is still a 35 year old plus receiver. PLEASE NOTE: I DID NOT connect any speakers as I truly don't want to blemish the perfect terminals. I will leave this decision for new owner, who may elect to keep it all original condition. Nobody really knows how unused electronics age when kept dust free but I imagine it's better than in the open air. That box was closed, the unit wrapped in paper and the whole thing was buried and lost to time. This unit is pristine and the new owner get the honor of hooking up speakers. If they even want to turn it on or they may choose to keep storing it as a collectible. BOX CONDITION: The box has some fading and normal wear on outside edges but it's dry, structurally sound and also super clean and dry inside. The original styrofoam is also solid but has a few dings to the styrofoam on one corner.
We can meet at any Wells Fargo bank, where they also have a notary to sign off on condition. The bottom line is we don't want this coming back... So if you are still unsure, ask questions and we will get right back to you.We make no warranties other than what we can see with our eyes - it looks new and came from a super clean box. Several of our audio collector clients have seen it and agreed with our conclusions. The item "Pioneer SX 1980 Vintage Stereo Receiver Mint Condition Open Box" is in sale since Friday, January 31, 2020. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\Vintage Electronics\Vintage Audio & Video\Vintage Stereo Receivers". The seller is "apronthriftgirl" and is located in Sebastopol, California. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.