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Technics SA-300

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1978-79)

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Technics SA-300


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 35 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.04%

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

Signal to noise ratio: 78dB (MM), 95dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω (minimum)

Dimensions: 430 x 142 x 300mm

Weight: 7.7kg

Year: 1978


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Reviewed Sep 06th, 2017 by suburbanbeat

This, I believe, is currently one of the best values in vintage receivers. In 2017, these are easy to find for around $75 and cheaper, and I personally think that for the money, there are few better looking and performing vintage receivers.

At 35 watts per channel, it certainly isn't a powerhouse, but it's perfectly capable of producing really pleasant sound in any average-sized bedroom or smaller living room. I admittedly don't have a lot experience using different receivers, but to my ears, this receiver sounds pretty damn good when used with my ADS L420 speakers and Technics SL-BD20D turntable. The bass is clear and the highs are pleasant.

The knobs and switches all feel nice. They flick and turn easily without feeling cheap. The volume knob is discrete, meaning that the volume is raised and lowered in steps. Some prefer continuous volume adjustment, but I personally like the discrete adjustment. It does, however, sometimes mean raising the volume to the next step makes it too loud.

There are some instances when it's obvious that this receiver wasn't top of the line in its day. Many of these do come with issues, including silent channels, static when adjusting knobs and switches, and non-functioning controls. I assume that the components that went into this receiver weren't the best and now require repair, which in many of these cases is as simple as applying a little Deoxit. Oftentimes the lights have crapped out on these units, but replacing those is actually really simple. I've posted a thread on AudioKarma about how to do this and where to source the bulbs.

Also working against this receiver is its small size. It's width is the typical component dimension, but it's depth is pretty short, which makes placing a turntable on top of this thing pretty difficult. I tried to do this with a Marantz 6300 and it required quite a bit of finagling. Just something to be aware of if you plan on arranging your setup in this way.

All in all, this thing sounds, looks, and feels really good, and punches way above its weight at its price point. Just be prepared for at least some Deoxit-ing and other maintenance.



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