Fully restored 1980 Technics SA-303 AM/FM Receiver / Amplifier

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Another nice 1980 Technics (Panasonic) SA-303 AM/FM Receiver/Amplifier ready to play! Again, incredible build quality from Panasonic's audio division and this receiver really shows how well built these were...even in the latter years of the power wars when manufacturers were trying to out-do each other.

ALL of the capacitors in the unit were replaced using audio grade capacitors (in the areas where it counts!). This includes the filters, power amp, pre-amp, tone board and tuner. This thing sounds incredible now! It will run on just about any speaker setup. It has a few very minor scuffs. The cabinet is partially made from wood with a nice walnut veneer and is in pristine shape. It is very well ventilated and the faceplate is made from very thick GLASS and is just about perfect. The 8-volt (10 of them!) incandescent lamps for the display were burned out and replaced with OEM-style lamps as LEDs just do not look right on this unit. The AM and FM tuner was aligned and easily catches stations with an external antenna hooked up to the posts on the back.

All inputs were cleaned and tested. Vinyl, especially, sounds up front and accessible. It has Bass, Treble, Balance, Loudness, etc. The tuning knob has a heavy flywheel weight which makes it feel very substantial and smooth.

This beautiful receiver puts out a very clean 40 watts per channel under a normal 8ohm load. It sounds crisp and clear and has a brilliant soundstage, if not a little clinical, but still inviting and nice. A pair of nice, efficient bookshelf or medium sized speakers would pair nicely with it. AM/FM tuner has been aligned.

See some of the restoration here:

Here's what was fixed/replaced:

Fully disassembled and cleaned. Inputs cleaned.
All capacitors replaced, including filter capacitors. (I only use Nichicon, Panasonic and United Chemi-Con capacitors)
2 final output transistors replaced.
AM/FM tuner aligned.
Tuning window cleaned and polished. Very small nicks...very difficult to see. It's in excellent shape.
All controls disassembled and cleaned/conditioned.
Replaced all (10 lamps) burned out lamps with OEM style lamps. LEDs do not look quite right with the light diffuser.
Circuit boards inspected for any cracking, burning, etc.
Bench tested for 72 hours under an 8 ohm load.

Product Specs

Condition
Very Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Brand Technics
Model SA-303 AM/FM Stereo Receiver
Finish Silver
Categories Receivers
Year 1980
Made In Japan

Very knowledgeable and fast response seller! Love my new receiver!!

Priscilla J. - March 24, 2020

Great purchase and communication throughout final delivery of this audio unit! TimeRider is to be commended for his dedication to detail and for making available a quality restored product. Just what the doctor ordered for updating my "old school" home audio environment. Love it!

Troy P. - March 03, 2020

Awesome product. Great customer service.

Bobby C. - March 02, 2020

Excellent communication! Great seller! Thanks so much

Royce P. - February 19, 2020

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