David Price looks back to a simpler time as he auditions Onkyo’s ultra-modern take on the classic stereo receiver, the TX-8150
Ah yes, the stereo receiver, how quaint! The last time the breed was really fashionable, many of us were wearing flared trousers and dreaming of buying our first Ford Capri. Once upon a time, receivers sold like hot cakes from dealers’ showrooms. Audiophiles generally regarded them with derision because some were pretty poor, but others were simply the same circuitry used in a company’s high-quality separates, put into a single, neater-looking package. Beyond the rarefied world of seventies hi-fi magazine reviewers, they had really wide appeal.