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Technics SA-700

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1978-79)

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Technics SA-700


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 40kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.04%

Damping factor: 50

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 180mV (DIN), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 83dB (MM), 95dB (line)

Channel separation: 63dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line), 30mV (DIN), 1V (Pre out)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 510 x 160 x 390mm

Weight: 16.1kg

Year: 1978


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Reviewed Jun 09th, 2017 by jim292

just bought one and luv it it sounds great gotta get wife out of house to use even a small part of its potential

Reviewed Jun 06th, 2017 by cbald58

I've had this receiver since 2006, and never has there been an issue other than a scratchy toggle or volume control. A truly valiant workhorse with all the lights working and also serving as an A/V amp. This is accomplished via a switchbox on the AUX. Paired with Infinity Series Fluance speakers and a Polk PSW-505 sub, and a Realistic 15 channel stereo EQ (not to be underestimated, btw), it does the job. I have several vintage amps, but this guy is the prime, although followed very closely by my Luxman R-1050 in the office. It drives a pair of BA 150's.
Honestly, I think the build quality from the 70's and early 80's was far superior, but current amps are superior with regard to sound quality and bells and whistles. That said, hook up Alexa to your AUX switch box, and a whole new world opens up for your old tech. Enjoy!

Reviewed Apr 30th, 2017 by RaceInc

Beautiful piece of audio equipment. I just got an auxiliary cable and started enjoying using my IPhone though the unit. Don't get me wrong, doesn't sound as good as the OEM, but it's nice to have that option and play your music through it. I love the dials, lights, and polished aluminum face.

Reviewed Dec 12th, 2014 by rodbinkc

Classy receiver that'll get down with the get down !

Reviewed May 11th, 2013 by mareklug

I have had this SA-700 since I bought it new in 1978 to power Syngergistics S-72A towers (two). I just got myself the FiiO D3 Digital to Analog Audio Converter - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC (Amazon, $29.98) and a 25-foot optical cable (L-com Digital Audio Optical TOSLink Cable Optic 25 feet, Amazon, $3.79 + Toslink Female to Mini-Plug Male Adapter (also made by L-com, Amazon, $2.52). I connected the mini-plug end to my 9,1iMac (early 2009 24 3.06 MHz/ATI Radeon 4850 build-to-order, with 8 GB RAM and 1TB HD; it has a digital audio out in the same physical jack as the analog headphone jack, and it auto-senses what to output, disabling volume control; all iMacs do since then or a year earlier). The sound I got is exceptionally fine when playing FLAC that is of good quality (Dido, _Life for Rent_). I am sending back my unopened refurbished Onkyo A/C receiver, TX-NR515, back to Onkyo, and getting back my $248.16 (a very good price, but still). It could not possibly deliver better power/sound to my Synergistics (they are 4 ohm-rated; the Onkyo wants 6-ohm at minimum) than my 2009 iMac/1978 Technics SA-700/optical-DAC-RCA plugs combination. :)

Reviewed Jun 18th, 2012 by ChrisOG

Hands down the best receiver I've ever owned. Nothing I've bought since laying down the $150 for it (money very well spent) has come close to the loudness and clarity of sound this beast has. Unfortunately a power transistor on the left channel blew and I need to find a replacement now.



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Why does the service manual pages go 1,4,6,7,10,11,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27????Missing the important pages 12-17.

re: SA-700

Truly one of the best vintage receivers out there. Outperforms the most expensive modern amps. High end Yamaha etc can be very clear but over $1000 easy. And this Technics still seems to "push" more air. Love it.

Yes it has plastic knobs etc and cork sniffers snub that but inside the build is all top notch.

Technics SA-600 or 700?

Can anyone speak to the similarities and differences between the SA-600 vs. SA-700 receiver? Many thanks.


As far as I know, the only difference is watts/channel. SA-700 is 100 wpc and the Sa-600 is 70 wpc. I just bought a SA-600 so I have been doing some research on Technics receivers. Hope this helps. Jack

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