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