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
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.
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 $80-200. Most will have some damage to the veneer and or pressboard so it isn’t all that easy to find one in excellent condition.