Technics SA-5170

Technics SA-5170

The sky blue color of this receivers dial face makes it immediately recognizable. This is the Technics SA-5170 and a number of Technics receivers have this look.  It is pretty distinct when lit up as well as you can see below.  This isn’t a powerhouse of a receiver at 25 watts per channel but it’s a good little performer. It features:

  • Tape in/output
  • Phono input
  • Aux input
  • Speaker selector for main and remote
  • Loudness button
  • FM muting – on/FM auto off/FM mono
  • Separate bass and treble controls
  • AM, FM, phono and aux selector
  • Tuning meter

Technics SA-5170

This little receiver was manufactured from 1977 through 1978 and sold for around $230.00.  I’m guessing it was fairly popular as I tend to see a lot of them around and at one point owned and restored one. If you’re into the big receivers then the Technics SA-5170 isn’t for you. But if you want an affordable, simple, easy to use, receiver that will catch your eye when it’s lit up then maybe you should check one out.

Technics SA-5170 Back

I wouldn’t say there is a huge demand for these receivers but I managed to sell mine fairly quickly.  A unit in really good working condition should sell for $75-100. Most will have some damage to the veneer and or pressboard so it isn’t all that easy to find one in excellent condition.

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    1. You can try eBay but make sure you buy one from someone that’s experienced in shipping receivers. I recently saw one sell for $130 shipped that had been serviced and new lamps installed. That’s a pretty good deal. Only buy one that has been fully tested. Any repairs that have to be made by a shop will cost almost as much as the receiver.

  1. I have one for sale in great condition I will take 75 plus shiping for the unit you can contact me at 903 808 0046 mr martin

  2. What a great little receiver (& a great value). The sky blue dial and clean 25 watts per channel is perfect for our bedroom, paired with Micca MB42X bookshelf speakers & a little Grace digital receiver for Internet source audio (I program The Cove on Live365.com). 1977 was a great year for vintage gear – this one’s a favorite.

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