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Welcome to the Silver Pioneer Reference Site! Updated 8-8-2004


 

 

 




Photo: hifinut1 on eBay

This site is dedicated to the era of silver finish Pioneer stereo components. That era spanned less than two decades--from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. The collectible era, which this site is dedicated to, covers the period between 1971 and 1981.  Then came the microprocessor which Pioneer used to do away with analog controls, i.e. knobs and toggle switches.  Finally came the "Black Plague" in the mid- to late 1980s with the proliferation of plastic. This visual theme  remains with us to this day in the U.S. market, although there are a few Pioneer components finished in silver that are starting to appear on the American market.

Aesthetically, Pioneer's components from this Silver Era period were distinguished by their handsome brushed aluminum front panels, solid machined aluminum knobs, toggle switches and pushbuttons, and beautiful walnut veneer with solid walnut trim.

Electronically, they offered superb performance that received rave reviews from both magazines and from the owners. The substantial feel of the controls bespoke quality. And the level of quality of the electronics inside were such that this equipment is still being listened to today. In fact, these Pioneer components are experiencing a resurgence of interest and are eagerly being purchased over the internet, getting snapped up at vintage electronic shows, flea markets and even thrift shops.

This site is meant to act as a resource of information for past, present and future owners of this equipment from the Silver Age of Pioneer.

Anthony Young

A Note About the Photos on this Site: Most photos used on this site were taken off the internet.   This site is non-profit and for information purposes only, dedicated to past, present and future owners of this equipment to promote interest in this period of Pioneer component history.  The Webmaster