Vintage audio equipment can offer better sound | Life

Q. Why do so many audio fans seem to prefer a vintage receiver over new receivers with modern technology? Are there actual reasons that older equipment can sound different or better?

I have a Technics SA-600 stereo receiver from the late 1970s. I purchased a new Denon surround sound receiver thinking it would be an improvement, but didn’t like it! It was just way too complicated to use, and even though the Denon supposedly had more power, music just didn’t sound as enjoyable as with the Technics. I used the same turntable, CD player and speakers for the comparison.

— K.R., South Bend, Ind.

A. When it comes to receivers and amplifiers, older can be better. The amplifier sections in new receivers often don’t have the power and electrical current…

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