Jim advised me that my beautiful, gorgeous, unbelievably handsome walnut SongTowers shipped out yesterday. With any luck, I might have them by this time next weekend!! There is no doubt in my mind these represent his high water mark, his finest effort of all time. Well, enough about that so let me get to my question.
In reading the last few posts about amps I started to think about them again. I recently purchased an Onkyo SR605. Everything I read at AVS and other places indicated this was a great A/V receiver for the money. It is not in the class of stuff you guys are talking about of course but it suits my purposes and I'm thrilled with it. I'm sure it will push the SongTowers quite well. It replaced an old Panny receiver that worked flawlessly for me for over 15 years.
Well, thats the background. I started thinking about what the Panny replaced and went up in my attic to pull out the old receiver I bought what I have to think was over 30 years ago. It is a Technics SA 800, the little brother to the famed 1000 that was said to be one of the most powerful of its time. In fact, these were part of the 1970s fad of "monster receivers". I think mine is 125w if I remember correctly. I recall fondly how great it sounded with my old Advent speakers. Of course, my ears were fairly new back then too.
Make a long story longer, I fired it up. Alas, only the mono switch works. When I switch it to "stereo" mode, sound comes out of only one side. I took it apart, cleaned it as best I could, sprayed electrical contact and cleaner lubricant and did all I could to get it to work but to no avail. Usually a good cleaning is all it takes but it had been wrapped and in a box for probably close to 20 years and was quite clean inside to begin with when I took it apart. I called a repair shop and they want $90 just to look at it and a minimum limit of $300 to try to fix it. The heck with that of course.
So, I guess what all this is asking is do any of you have experience with this receiver or this sort of problem? Any ideas? Although the Onkyo is much more advanced in many ways, I would love to do an A-B test of my SongTowers with the Technics. If nothing else, it would make this old guy happy to have that great Technics humming through my SongTowers, even if only for a short time. Just think how the old would meet the new. I bet it would sound fantastic! Any suggestions would be appreciated.