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
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