Onkyo TX-SV7M Surround Receiver
While the TX-SV7M was made in Japan, it was strictly an export model for the North American market. Japanese audiophiles had little interest in receivers and preferred integrated amplifiers. I was also surprised to learn the TX-SV7M wasn’t the flagship model in the Onkyo receiver line. It was far from it, in fact. Those were the days of high-powered stereo receivers, and all of the major Japanese manufacturers put their energy into making the very best-sounding stereo receivers. It didn’t take long for that situation to reverse, and the receiver manufacturers embraced the home theater market.
(Thanks go out to AudioReview.com for the use of the TX-SV7M picture, and for information from Onkyo’s product manager for the U.S. at the time, David Birch-Jones.)