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JVC A-S3

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1979-80)

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JVC A-S3

Specifications

Power output: 22 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 40kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.08%

Damping factor: 50

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 85dB (line)

Dimensions: 420 x 89 x 286mm

Weight: 5.1kg

Year: 1979

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Reviewed May 01st, 2018 by Cor

A mate handed me one of these over two decades ago when my workshop amp suffered a catastrophic failure. He said I'd like it because it should be easy to fix, being solid state and all. The thing was twenty years old at /that/ time.

In all these years it's never /needed/ fixing, or anything. It just works. My main system has chopped and changed over the years, but in my workshop (with speaker set 2 in the kitchen (workshop B!)), fed into a set of Wharfedale Delta 30.2 with replacement Wharfedale drivers (which amazingly, improved the sound of the speakers!) this amp is rock solid.

It has a lively, punchy sound with plenty of detail and can easily fill a small flat with enough volume for a party (2 x Stereo Speakers, remember). It's been fed with all sorts of inputs over the years, usually PC outputs, laptops, phones and tablets; straight into the back. It can always handle it.

I've never grown tired of listening to it, either (I've been known to spend 30+ hours in the workshop) and as a back-up amp, I couldn't ask for more. It isn't perfect; but it is loud and pleasing to the ears. And reliable! The amount of times this thing has been bashed and dropped and had stuff dropped on it... Well, what it lacks in sonic perfection, it makes up for with sheer reliability! It is built like a tank.

Mine was free, but you see them going second-hand for silly money. The pots will need cleaned, but chances are it still sounds as good as the year it was made. For £40 or less, jump on it!

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Reviewed Oct 02nd, 2014 by pepedugard

I use this amplifier with a pair of Celestion loudspeaker (Ditton 130). Very surprising. Power is immediately here. A simple design. Very good product.

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Reviewed Oct 10th, 2012 by marianreggae

es un gran equipo, buena fidelidad, etapa de phono en clase A...

 

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re: A-S3

I inherited this amp 10 years ago , and it still works beautifully, a little surprised how old it was (1979) . They made them fine back then.

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