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  $300-$600.

9 thoughts on “Technics SA-818

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Any info on the BLACK FACE models of this receiver? Was there a choice between the 2 at time of purchase or like the Pioneer Models were they made for the Euro-Military market? Thanks!

  6. It is my understanding from Albie at Cherry Vintage Audio, Greenville, SC that only 100 of these black-faced SA-818 were sold, and all of them came from a US Air Force Base BX in Germany. Another characteristic of these special receivers, other than the dark face, actually a very dark brown, is that the serial number will end with the letters “FEE”. Albie and I just made a receiver trade and I ended up with one of them. Very nice receiver! If you would like additional information, check out his website and shoot him an email about it. Thanks!

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