Toshiba SA-7100

Toshiba SA-7100

Toshiba’s candidate in the monster receiver category was the Toshiba SA-7100. The later SA-7150 was is similar but had one of the early digital tuners as opposed to the analog dial on this unit. The big Toshiba receivers are probably under appreciated by the collecting community and don’t bring as high a price as some of the more well known brands but they are built well and sound great. this receiver put out 110 watts per channel in to 8 ohms and 140 watts per channel in to 4 ohms.

Toshiba SA-7100

The SA-7100 has a neat flip top cover for the tone and balance controls and switches. Overall very nice styling and performance.

Toshiba SA-7100 Back

The Toshiba SA-7100’s can be picked for a lot less than a comparable Pioneer or Sansui. If they are in very good cosmetic and working condition they can be found for less than $800.00.

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11 thoughts on “Toshiba SA-7100

  1. These are some of the most well buit receivers ever made and some of the most rare ones because you dont see the market flooded with them like others So well built they put the others units to shame and they sound great doing it

  2. I picked my up in mint condition for $450. Sounds fat yet clean. So powerful! I love the looks under appreciated means you don’t have to spend $1500 on a monster anymore. Two thumbs way up.

  3. I just bought one a couple of months ago for $350 CA.
    It has a few minor cosmetic issues but overall in very good condition.
    I bought a Toshiba in 1978 along with other Toshiba components totalling $1750 which was a considerable amount back then with paper route money I saved, i think it was the SA-775.
    It was a power house and clear sounding.
    I used it for many hall parties of 300 to 500 and was very capable unit.
    I remember when my mother had a tea party and when she poured hot liquid in the cups, the bottoms fell out as the cabinet was 10 feet away from my stereo for years.
    Since cleaning and replacing some burned out bulbs, it performs very well and with 4 speakers the sound is very clear and lots of bass and rarely turn it up past halfway because basically it is just too loud for where I live and sure that 90% of most people would do the same.
    I own a Marantz 2215B and Marantz Model 1200, but love the Toshiba just as much.
    I just cant say anything bad about it.

  4. I bought a Toshiba SA-7100 in 1978 from Pacific Stereo in Bellflower Calif.
    I am still using it!! The only issue in 42 years is some burnt out lights. It has never been serviced. The speakers I bought with it were EPI 300s With passive radiators. They eventually died but I liked the sound of them.My record player, still working is a Dual CS 540 with a Audio Technica cartridge with shibata stylus.

  5. I bought mine for $400 about 1 year ago and I absolutely love this receiver! It has a fantastic amplifier and with 140 watts @ 4 ohms, it can power all of my speakers from my ML and Quad bookshelves to my floor standing Sonus Faber Venere 3.0’s. The front brushed aluminum cover panel opens up to expose the bass/treble and high and low filter buttons and switches. It feels like an automatic SUV tailgate opening up. With a push of your finger, the metal panel opens up from the top down with I am sure a spring, and closes manually with ease. This is a very big unit and with the all aluminum front panel and the wooden sides, this will always be a very nice addition to any decor. If you can find one, and love that warm sound from the late 70’s, don’t hesitate to snatch it up, you won’t be disappointed!

  6. I bought a sa – 7100 Toshiba in 1980 and still using it today , I need a pair of speakers, can anyone suggest a good brand ?

    1. I purchased my7100 a few years ago and have it driving four infinity 4ohm speakers
      One pair of RSb and a pair of RSe ,
      I wouldn’t attempt to run these four infinity speakers with my pioneer SX1250 or my Kenwood KR9600, it’s definitely a keeper and worth a lot more than what you can find them for, keep an open mind when it comes to brands like Toshiba, Sony and Hitachi

    2. I’ve been driving a pair of infinity RSb 4ohm
      And a pair of infinity RSe 4ohm speakers with my SA7100, I love this receiver. I sometimes will run all four speakers and this receivers has no problem doing so, caution must be taken of course checking for excessive heat but that’s never happen , I wouldn’t attempt to do this with my pioneer SX1250, the SA7100Toshiba Is well built and reliable, it’s a keeper and has a permanent home in my collection,

  7. Picked this bad boy up today for $1400 (ouch) but fully restored, what a great sounding beast!

  8. A/D/S Analog Digital Systems model L780 speakers.

    I have the Toshiba SA-520 and built some nice stands for my A/D/S’s and A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. Along with these front speakers every once in a while I will play speakers B which are Klipsch KG2’s and either set sound as good as HiFi gets in my opinion, darn near as tube-like warmth and great highs, without any harshness as one could ask for!

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