Originally Posted by fookoo_2010
OK, I get excited when someone seems to put down the SA BX-500. Now it isn't the world's greatest AVR, but price has its compensations.
Ha, no I wasn't really putting it down just commenting on it's looks.
I've never heard it or used it to be able to put it down. In fact I did kinda miss Technics receivers once they stopped making them (I think in the early 2000s).
I mean most other brands they change their looks entirely every few generations. There are often still some similarities, but when I saw this it was like going back into the past, lol. It really seems like they could have released this in 2001 and had it fit right in with their lineup.
Now I'm just sidetracking (backtracikng?) down memory lane, lol. The AX920 generation and those just before and after that, they did have the problem of the overheating (they have a cooling fan but it is controlled by output level, not heat, and they get quite hot at idle which led to many heat-related failures of those receivers back then). The failures can still be read about on old user-review sites like Audioreview, I believe. The fix was to open it up and then connect up the fan to +12V inside the receiver or connect it externally to an adapter plugged into one of the switched outlets, so the fan ran all the time and kept it cool
Today my AX920 I have plans to put it into action in a bedroom after having it sitting doing nothing for years. Of course it seems rather like a toy in comparison to my more modern receivers, but back in the day when I was younger how awesome I thought it was, lol. It's still a competent receiver though, well competent enough to power a bedroom sound system--better than bothering with an HTIB at least, I think. Oh and it's free since I have it already
Anyway back on topic
is this BX500 model (or a newer one) still sold? I've never seen it before this as I said. It'd be interesting to try one out in a store or something...