Harman Kardon 330B

Jan 27th, 2016 Posted in 330B, Harman Kardon | 1 Comment »

Harman Kardon 330B Faceplate

 

The Harman Kardon 330B was a modest offering from the company. It was designed as a budget receiver that still produced hi-fi level sound. It produces 18 watts per channel so if you want to shake your foundation then it's probably not for you. However, for a low end, budget minded receiver it produces some really nice sound and sold for only $199 when introduced.

 

Harman Kardon 330B Dial

 

The 330B was introduced around 1973, followed by the 330C, and was somewhat of a staple for many years.  You'll find many people who still own and rave about their 330B and many others who regret selling their 330B. That should tell you something about their performance. They are very minimalist in their design. A simple red power button, black switches, and corrugated knobs run across the front. The tuning knob is only slightly larger than the other knobs. The split front panel with brushed aluminum bottom and black glass top give it a different look. An optional walnut cabinet was also available.

 

 

Harman Kardon 330B Back Panel

 

The 330B is a really well built receiver for it price. It weighs about 21 pounds and measures 15 3/8" W x 13" D x 4 1/2" H.

 

Harman Kardon 330B Inside

 

While many audio manufacturers of the time insisted that the human ear couldn't hear below 20 Hz and above 20 kHz Harman Kardon felt differently. They specifically designed their amplifier circuitry to reproduce frequencies well below and above these alleged limitations.

 

Harman Kardon 330B Ad

 

The Harman Kardon 330B was manufactured as a lower end budget receiver and most stereos of that type don't sell for much these days. But, the 330b holds its own. A really nice, serviced 330b can sell for more than $200. A good working unit will run about $100 to $150.

 

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Technics SA-300

Jan 27th, 2016 Posted in SA-300, Technics | No Comments »

Technics SA-300 Faceplate

 

Well, we can't all be monsters right? The Technics SA-300 is no monster, but it does fulfill its purpose. This little guy produces 35 watts per channel with no more than 0.04% total harmonic distortion. So, with some fairly efficient speakers it can produce some nice clean sound for moderately sized room. Plus, it looks nice too! The brushed aluminum face plate and black inset knobs give it a high end, sophisticated appearance.

 

Technics SA-300 Left

 

Offered from 1978 until around 1980, the Technics SA-300 retailed for about $300. It features a 41 click step volume control, low distortion bass and treble controls, high filter switch, loudness compensation switch, and dual function tuning meter.

 

Technics SA-300 Right

 

The SA-300 really does look nice when lit up. The amber back lighting of the tuning dial is both clean and elegant.

 

Technics SA-300 Dial Lamps

 

The output stage on the SA-300 is direct coupled which means it uses no capacitors. This results in a nice, tight, solid bass response right down into the lower frequencies. And, believe it or not, the SA-300's FM front end utilizes a dual gate MOS FET design and a 3 gang linearly variable tuning capacitor. This gives it excellent sensitivity and interference rejection.

 

Technics SA-300 Inside

 

It weighs just over 15 pounds and measures roughly 16 x 6 x 12. The cabinet has a walnut grain vinyl over pressed wood. The SA-300 is a pretty good little receiver. No, it's not going to blow the doors off of any room but it will make a good garage or studio unit. Some people feel the sound is nice and clean while others have called it two dimensional.

 

Technics SA-300 Back

 

The Technics SA-300 is a decent receiver but it's not in high demand. It has its place in the vintage audio world as an entry level receiver or everyday workhorse in the garage. It doesn't handle low ohms well and requires pretty efficient speakers. If you find one at a good price though, it can still be a desirable piece of equipment. A fully serviced unit in really nice condition should run about $100. A decent working unit will cost $50 to $75.

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