1978 $USD RRP: $550.00
Inflation Adjusted $USD RRP: $1,996.00
Today they remain virtually unknown but Vector Research was a small company based in Chatsworth California that produced high quality audio gear and was in direct competition with the likes of NAD, Luxman & Harman Kardon. This Receiver, the VR-7000 is an absolutely stunning performer that outshines many renowned brands and models priced for thousand’s of dollars.
The original lineup from Vector Research were produced by Crown Radio of Japan and share more than a passing resemblance to many NAD and Rotel units from the same era. Vector Research clearly was taking aim at the top brands by developing products for the high end of the market with units priced at the time for $1000.00USD MSRP (that’s > $3,600.00 USD in 2014 coin!). However be wary of the later models from Vector Research which were manufactured by NEC, they are just not in the same league as the originals.
The VR-7000 is very conservatively rated at 65 Watts RMS Per Channel at 8 ohms and 105 Watts RMS Per Channel at 4 ohms with 0.01% THD.
This Receiver is one of those rare surprises, its sound is simply stunning and in more than one opinion it out performs many of the big names. Snappy and precise with enough power to back it up, the sound is zero coloration and ultra fast, not even Yamaha high power amps sound this fast! By the way it sounds the damping factor for this machine appears to be in 200-300 range. You will be impressed, because it makes passive speakers (this means, all consumer models) sound as if they were active speakers.
This is a rare and magnificent amp, the second best model in the line and the first generation Vector Research built to pro standards. Today you would pay hundreds of dollars more for any comparable vintage amp in the same class such as a Marantz 2265.
- All three sections of this receiver are designed as if they were separates.
- The box and knobs/switches are all metal.
- Block diagram is printed on top of the case, only a few high end Sansui amps had that feature (AU-11000, AU-20000, Professional and Definition series)
- The DC circuit layout uses twin pairs of matched discreet black/green NEC output transistors; huge power transformer allows for easy handling of transients and real-time resolving of dynamic peaks in full-scale music.
- Perfect for pop, dance and rock, and excellent with everything else.
65 WPC RMS /8 Ohms
105 WPC RMS /4 Ohms
220 WPC Dynamic power /8 ohms
Power Consumption Rated at 420 Watts
Dimensions: 17 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
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