Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver - Home Theater Forum and Systems - HomeTheaterShack.com

 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 02-03-11, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
Shackster
ryan
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 69
Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver

I am wondering if this is a nice piece?
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/ele/2186679539.html

How would this compair to a Pioneer SX-950
rentonhighlands is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 02-03-11, 04:44 PM
Elite Shackster
 
jackfish's Avatar
Jay
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 1,060
Re: Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver

It is an off brand Japanese product marketed by J.C. Penney in the US. I'm not sure who manufactured it, perhaps Panasonic or Nippon. It is rated for 33 wpc RMS so it is less powerful than the Pioneer SX-950 (85 wpc). Has a lot of features and functionality. I'd say it is a little overpriced for what it is.

13.3" MacBook Air, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, iTunes/BitPerfect
MacBook Air SuperDrive
Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB USB HD
Schiit Bifrost USB DAC
Emotiva ERC-1, USP-1 and 2 x UPA-1
Pro-Ject Xpression III and AT440MLa
Grado SR80i
Magnepan MMG Magnestand
Rythmik Audio F12
jackfish is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 02-03-11, 04:48 PM
Generic
Inactive
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver

Its hard to say, but I personally would not throw that kind of money at it. The connectors look cheap. Really cheap. Just because its old doesn't mean its good.

Do you need the receiver, or just a amp? If you just need power, I'd try this (for about the same price)

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-812

It just happens to look a LOT like this. Same design?

http://emotiva.com/bpa1.html

Whatever you choose, I'd choose new, or at least something more proven.

Good luck
post #4 of 6 Old 02-03-11, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
Shackster
ryan
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 69
Re: Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver

I agree with you both. Thanks. I understand that vintage does not mean good. I really like the way the SX-950 sounds. Always on the hunt for vintage gear.
rentonhighlands is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 06-02-12, 10:55 PM
New Member
Rob
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1
Re: Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver

Regarding the MCS 3233, I can tell you that it is a rugged reliable superb sounding piece of retro audio, from the days of "Quadra-Phonics, and a very attractive design to boot. I found mine at a used stereo store on the outskirts of the University of Oregon campus some time around 1983. A rather conservative output using two 3055 output transistors per channel, it still shakes the walls driving a set of antique Altec A-7's. Aside from one output transistor shorting back in the mid 90's, it has been trouble free. It is from the late 70 stereo era with a nicely brushed face and shiny machine cut knobs, and a flywheel weighted slide-rule tuner. It looks suspiciously like a smaller version of a Technics that I have had since the 70's, and I used a Technics schematic to service it. I would guess that it was made for JC Penny by Technics.
Rob Hinrichs is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 06-03-12, 09:59 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1
Re: Is this a nice piece? MCS 3233 stereo receiver

hoping I get the attention of the person who posted on 6/2/12. Which Technics model schematic did you use?
galwayn is offline  
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
3233 , nice , piece? , receiver , stereo

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now




PLEASE COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS BELOW... THANKS!

REQUIRED FIELDS ON THIS PAGE
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THESE

Username
Password
Confirm Password
Email Address
Confirm Email Address
Random Question
Random Question #2




User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO ENTERING AN EMAIL ADDRESS!

ATTENTION!

YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT!

Activation requires you reply to an email we will send you after you register... if you do not reply to this email, you will not be able to view certain areas of the forum or certain images... nor will you be able download software.

AN INVALID EMAIL ADDRESS WILL CAUSE YOUR ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

See our banned email list here: Banned Email List

We DO NOT respond to spamcop, boxtrapper and spamblocker emails... please add @hometheatershack DOT com to your whitelist prior to registering or you will get nowhere on your registration.


Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML is not allowed!
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 


For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome