I recently, within the last year, obtained a 636, some time after getting an 838, so I had a pretty good reference for what I could expect to hear upon auditioning. My 636 is in reserve stock as we speak, but its build quality and great looks could propel it into a postion of prominence in the michaelhigh stereo repertoire if enough catastrophies started snowballing! It has stellar specs for a 25 wpc receiver, and my unit is exceptionally clean and virtually mark-free, especially given its age, not quite forty years old. It sounds and looks great, and its looks belie its age by a country mile. The tuner is strong and sensitive, and pulls in stations most receivers would scoff at. That was always Pioneer's forte, their excellent and precise tuners. It has the usual control set - bass and treble, high and low cut, provisions for two tape decks, an auxiliary line level channel, AM and FM stereo radio, and one phono input with RIAA equalization. FM muting keeps the static down between stations, and there are provisions for three sets of speakers to be hooked up, with the ability to hear any two sets at a time due to impedance limitations.
The dial is familiar Pioneer blue, and brushed silver is the style theme, a classic 70's look. This screams "silver receiver" when you see it. There were many receivers in the 70's that wished they were Pioneers, and that reputation for look and sound made them famous and sought-after for decades to come. Their rock-solid reliability and quality control meant that they would certainly last well into the future with minimal upkeep, and mine has never been serviced and sounds immaculate. If only automobiles had this level of reliability...they'd be even more expensive than they already are!
Here's a quick rundown of the important specifications:
|Solid State / Tubed||Solid State|
|Power||25 Watts / Channel @ 8 Ω(1)|
27 Watts / Channel @ 8 Ω @ 1 kHz(2)
|Power Bandwidth||5 Hz - 60 kHz(1)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||0.5 %(1)|
|Intermodulation Distortion||0.5 %(1)|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||70 dB (Phono)(1)|
|Sensitivity||2.5 milliVolts (Phono)(1)|
|Tuner Sensitivity||1.9 microVolts(1)|
|Tuner Capture Ratio||1.0 dB(1)|
|Tuner Total Harmonic Distortion||0.2 % (Mono)(1)|
0.4 % (Stereo)(1)
|Tuner Signal-to-Noise Ratio||70 dB(2)|
|Tuner Frequency Response||20 Hz - 15 kHz +0.2 dB, -2.0 dB(2)|
|Tuner Stereo Separation||40 dB(1)|
|Tuner Selectivity||60 dB(2)|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||19 x 16 x 6 in.(1)|
[48.26 x 40.64 x 15.24 cm]
- Source: Source: 'Audio Scene Canada' 1976 Canadian Hi-Fi Buyer's Catalogue - December 1975
- Source: Source: 'Stereo Review' Stereo Directory & Buying Guide 1976 - c. 1975
Tomorrow we'll feature yet another audio/music topic of interest, so keep your tubes hot and your antenna up! See you then!