Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1973-74)
The Pioneer SA-5200 has all-direct-coupled quasi-complementary circuitry features a differential primary stage plus high-dependability NPN and PNP silicon transistors.
This assures outstanding frequency response, power bandwidth and low distortion characteristics. The power section has a muting circuit to avoid unpleasant clicking noises when the power is switched on and off, also protecting the speakers.
A combination of specially-designed equalizer circuit for reduced low noise, and styrol capacitors for outstanding frequency response with lowest possible RIAA deviation - one of the most important characteristics in record listening. The tone control section is a CR circuit employing a highly-balanced potentiometer for excellent mid-range level control with no beat problems.
Dual sets of speaker output terminals work with the selector switch to let you use two pairs of speaker system together or separately. The system provides music enjoyment in two rooms using this SA-5200. Fully-balanced low-volume listening, thanks to the special loudness switch.
Turntable, tape deck (reel-to-reel or cassette), tuner and AUX input terminals: all these program settings let you enjoy any kind of sound source. Form your favorite stereo system, part by part.
Hook up two tape decks and you're ready to edit anything you record, choosing your favorite numbers only. You can also duplicate from reel-to-reels to cassettes.
Rich sideboard, smart, clean top and sharp front panel designs blend with any decor. Front panel switches and controls are rationally spaced out for easy use, years of durability.
Power output: 10 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 15Hz to 30kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.8%
Damping factor: 30
Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 70dB (MM), 90dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line)
Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω
Semiconductors: 22 x transistors, 6 x diodes
Dimensions: 415 x 132 x 328mm
Accessories: connection cord, polishing cloth
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Reviewed May 01st, 2015 by Trevor98
Sweet little amp, surprisingly powerful and clean...just don't use acoustic suspension (sealed) speakers with it, as they require too much power to really light up.
Bought one of these when I was in 10th grade (1975). Ran it forever...loved it.
Reviewed Dec 24th, 2012 by Boomzilla
Back in the '70s, I bought one of these new. I had it hooked to some pair or other of JBL bookshelf speakers. The combo sounded fantastic.
In a fit of audiophilia, I decided that the Pioneer's 10 WPC was insufficient and sold the SA-5200 to my roommate. With the proceeds, I bought a Sansui integrated with about 60 WPC. I was horrified to hear that the Sansui sound just suuuuuuuucked compared to that of the Pioneer. Live and learn...
Now, in 2012, I have a pair of Klipsch La Scalas in the living room (modified with some Crites crossovers). Remembering how good my old Pioneer SA-5200 sounded, I picked up another via eBay. WOW - my memory did not fail; the SA-5200 sounds positively AMAZING!
I have a variety of amplifiers about, and tried them all with the La Scalas. Other amplifiers auditioned included an Emotiva XPA-2, a Crown PS-400, a Jolida tube/ss integrated amp, a Qinpu Chinese tube/ss integrated amp, and a pair of VTL compact 100 tube monoblocks. Of the bunch, only the VTLs delivered dynamics like the Pioneer.
I don't know why the Pioneer SA-5200 sounds so dimensional and dynamic, but it is one of the very best amplifiers I've heard on my particular speakers. If you have highly efficient speakers, I'd recommend the Pioneer at 1/10 or less the price of SET tube amps. If you don't like it, just resell it & you'll get your money back.
The depth of image, width of image, and sheer dynamics of the Pioneer SA-5200 must be heard to be believed. I recommend it highly.