Technics SA-818


This is the classic Technics SA-818. The SA-818 put out 110 watts per channel rms. It listed for $850.00 when introduced in 1980 and weighs just under 41 pounds. The SA-818 and it's younger brother the SA-616 only lasted one year as they were totally redesigned the following year.

One of the SA-818's features was called Synchro-bias which was a change in the circuitry to eliminate distortion from transistors switching on and off. It's rated maximum Total Harmonic Distortion is .005% or less.  Not bad. It also had Quartz Synthesized Tuning and a new Class A amplifier section.

The SA-818 also featured LED meters instead of the older analog needle meters (Vu). Unfortunately non-functional meter LED's are a common problem with these units as they get older. In good working condition these receivers can sell for over $300.



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I am the original owner of a SA-616 and am thinking of a sale. Do you know if anyone is interested? It is in very good condition and I would like it to go to someone who has an appreciation for the quality of classic equipment.
Thank you! Matt

January 28th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

i just got a technic sa 818, the lights all power up but the red pertection light comes on, do not know what this is. is there a reset switch inside or something, looking for info. thanks Kevin

February 3rd, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hi Kevin,

Try checking out Someone there should be able to help you out. I’m not that familiar with the SA-818. Looks like a nice receiver though.

February 3rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm

En réponse a Mat. Si tu as tu peux toujours me rejoindre sur émail et on discutera. 🙂
Pour votre problème Kevin je ne sais quoi, petit truc qui devrais être vérifier par un bon électricien, vaux mieux pas laisser le mini problème devenir grand.

Admin translation: In response to Mat. You can always reach me at and discuss. Kevin 🙂 For your problem I do not know what little thing that should be checked by a good electrician, better to not let the problem become big.

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:01 am

Where can I find a technics sa-818 to buy ?

May 11th, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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