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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Technics SA-225

 

Technics SA-225

 

This Technics SA-225 receiver was made during the transition from the analog era to the digital era in the early 1980's. Similar to other receivers of that time it has both analog and digital features. As you can see it utilizes both an analog dial and a digital display for tuning. It looks to be kind of a half hearted attempt with the analog dial as it's really too small to be of real use. Obviously Technics wanted to make the move away from analog but didn't seem to want to shock customers too badly by making the transition too quickly.

 

technics-sa-225-left

 

Similar in many ways to the SA-222 the SA-225 puts out 35 watts per channel. Certainly not a top of the line model from Technics but it does have some nice features including a Quartz Lock tuner, push button tuning and separate Bass and Treble controls.

 

technics-sa-225-mid

 

The SA-225 also has 7 memory preset buttons to store your favorite stations. This, of course, became a mainstay of many future digital receivers. The Auto Scan feature is another aspect of the digital revolution that became ingrained in later receivers. Simply turn the Auto Scan on and the tuner will automatically scroll through stations until it finds one with good signal strength.

 

technics-sa-225-right

 

Red and Green LED's were favorites of the transition era receivers. As you can see Technics used them on the SA-225 signal strength meter. Volume, Balance, and the Tone controls are all controlled with a knob while the rest of the controls are push button. Inside the unit it's pretty sparse. The battle over who could produce the biggest baddest receiver were coming to an end and consumers were looking more for value, features and compact size.

 

technics-sa-225-inside

 

The Technics SA-225 is not top of the line but there are collectors who favor that generation of receivers. The Pioneer's and Sansui's garner most of the attention but this Technics receiver will still sell for around $150.00.

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