Technics SA-300

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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6 thoughts on “Technics SA-300

  1. Do you know where I can purchase the 3.3 amp speaker output fuses for the Technics SA-300 receiver?

    Thank you

  2. Looks like 3.3 amp aren’t so common. You could try 3.15 amp. It might blow quicker if you really crank the receiver up but they should work. I don’t know what the length of that particular fuse is so you’ll need to measure it in millimeters. HERE are some 3.15A 125V 20mmx5mm fuses on eBay. I’m sure there are some longer versions available as well. RadioShack or Mouser probably have 3.15 amp versions as well. The slightly lower amperage shouldn’t be a problem – they will just blow slightly easier than the 3.3amp versions. Just make sure to match the voltage, which I believe is 125 volt for the SA-300, and the length and width (probably 5mm x 20mm) so that they will fit properly in the fuse holder.

  3. I have this receiver in great condition except one side of the stereo does not work with the speaker we tried. Is it worth it to fix or should I just sell it cheap? Its been in storage for over 20 years.
    thanks

  4. Years ago I had an SA-300 and one of the power amps blew out. I replaced both left and right with RCA Darlington 50Watt power amps. The power supply handled them just fine and the receiver works great to this day.

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