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Technics SU-V98

Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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Technics SU-V98


Power output: 110 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.03%

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

Signal to noise ratio: 73dB (MM), 94dB (line)

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

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 430 x 119 x 255mm

Weight: 7.2kg



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Reviewed Nov 17th, 2017 by tomez2

I obtained this integrated amp as a throw-in on a pile of used audio gear I bought as a lot for $100. I was going for another high end piece (Pioneer SA-7800, see review) in the lot, and discovered this gem after sitting on my shelf for a few years. I decided to see if it even worked to sell it. Surprise, it not only worked, but might be a keeper.

This only gets an 8 out of 10 because of it's cheap and cheesy front panel, crappy speaker connections, and stupid choice of power cord. This thing looks like an 80's plastic fantastic P.O.S.!!!!! An electronic volume and balance control and bizarre useless corresponding display that is poorly backlit and adds to the cheap look. OH, and the super Bass button adds the finishing touch to the horrible looking design. This thing is butt ugly.

BUT WAIT - the internal circuit design is simple, well built. Very Heavy as well.... and sounds great! Better in fact, than my Carver TFM-15cb. Seriously. Very smooth and sweet treble, powerful well controlled and defined bass, and a natural midrange.

There are other bonuses as well;

It has pre-main in/out jacks

A decent MM phono section

2 Tape/processor loops

The mechanical tone controls are at useful turnover frequencies. 50hz for bass, and 20k for the treble. Not the usual 100hz and 10k. Nice

While considered mid-fi, the electronic volume has a plus side........ no dirty scratchy sounding potentiometer issue. A pleasant and surprising plus on this old integrated.

A shallow, compact design for an office desktop application, or concealed placement.

Finally, most of these were sold with a matching tuner and special connection cable that will allow remote control of both the tuner and amp. These paired units can be found cheap on eBay. If the remote is not included (which for some reason is most always the case on eBay) a harmony remote will do the trick.

Technics/Panasonic reliability


Ugly, Cheap looking

Power cord

speaker connectors

Reviewed Sep 07th, 2014 by travs_hifi

This is a great little stereo amplifier. Don't let its small size fool you though, it delivers the goods at 110W per channel into 8Ω. Make sure you grab a compatible Technics tuner if you want remote control function though. Mine came with ST-S98 Tuner.



re: SU-V98

I just bought this receiver and was wondering which speakers would go with it ? I would highly appreciate if you can suggest some top end and also an affordable set up ! I would be so thankful .

tomez2's picture

re: SU-V98

any speaker with an impedance of 8 ohms or greater.

re: SU-V98

A forgotten gem from the late 1980's for sure! A great sounding, powerful New Class A, two-channel amplifier. No frills, plenty of inputs and a nice digital VU meter. Pick one up and you'll feel the quality--it is a heavy little amp for its size! A couple of notes:

1.) For the remote to function you will need a compatible Technics Tuner (mine is ST-S98) and the proprietary remote cable that goes from the tuner to the SU-V98. Also, you will need to have the RCAs connected from the tuner to the amp or the remote will not work. You can leave the Cassette lead on the proprietary remote cable disconnected if you want; it is not needed for remote function.

2.) The fan on this unit does not kick on until output reaches >/= 40Watts output. So don't be alarmed if your fan isn't running at lower volumes, just make sure it has room to breathe.

silkyd's picture

re: SU-V98

yes. this is nice amp for sure....is it possible to use a programmable remote for basic functions?

re: SU-V98

It is not possible because the tuner has the IR receiver for the remote.

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