In the spirit of Easter, I performed a bit of a resurrection this weekend. No, I didn’t raise anyone from the dead – but I did bring back to life an old Sony AV1070 receiver. Outside of missing a knob, this beast still works. I purchased it as a refurb from Crutchfield in the fall of 1991. It served as my parents’ entertainment system for several years, and I took it with me when I moved away from home.
Flash forward to last week: we had a garage sale, and my forlorn receiver was up for sale for a very paltry amount ($10). We didn’t have any takers, primarily owing to the fact that I no longer had the remote control.
In many ways, I’m relieved to know that the receiver never sold. During our garage sale, while I was looking for more stuff to sell, I stumbled upon an old RCA to 1/8″ jack in one of my cable drawers.
Today, I cleaned up the receiver and brought it back in. Outside of the missing knob, it still looks pretty good.
Our entertainment system consists of a Samsung 32″ TV, two 1991-vintage EPI stereo speakers (purchased with the receiver), a Nintendo Wii (Netflix server) and a 2006 Macbook Pro (which is used to play DVDs).
The only issue I’ve run into is finding a better method of plugging in my stereo wires directly into my receiver and speakers. There’s a slight intermitent crackle coming from the speakers which I’m trying to troubleshoot. I suspect it might have to do with the fact that I’m plugging in copper wire directly in, instead of using some type of connector.
I’ve heard that banana jacks can be used, but I’m not sure if they will work with my stereo. I’ve taken the photo below, in the hopes that someone can tell me if banana jacks will work.
Maybe someone savvy with stereos can advise?
Update: Fixed the crackling noise – the receiver sounds GREAT!