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I gave up on that amp on Craigslist and did another search for amps that you mentioned. I found a MARANTZ PM 325 STEREO AMPLIFIER that I got for $69 shipped. Did I jump the gun or is this worth the price?
That amp was made in the early 1980s, which was when some Marantz stuff started going downhill. It's only 30 watts per channel as well, so don't expect to power a wide array of speakers with it either. From what a quick google search told me, it's "Mediocre" at best. Personally, I would not pay $70 for it, but it's not really too big of a loss. In this hobby there are ups and downs, just be glad you didn't take too big of a hit today.


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As a further cost saving measure you can use a cheap, used Minidisk recorder as a DAC, connect the digital output to the input of the MD recorder and connect the outputs to your amp, hit record on the Minidisk recorder and the converted signal will be passed right to the Amp, you don't even need a tape in the Minidisk player.
Great advice!

I myself have a Minidisk player, but I was never really able to use it as DAC because the kind of optical cable it required was a Mini-TOSLINK, and I was missing a required adapter cable to make it work at the time.

Actually, just a few days ago, I dug up a TOSLINK to Mini-TOSLINK cable, so I might as well give it a shot later.

On a somewhat related note, sony minidisk players sound absolutely phenomenal compared to most modern ipods and what not. And this is coming from a iPod owner.
Edited by PhaedraCorruption - 12/31/10 at 5:05pm
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I gave up on that amp on Craigslist and did another search for amps that you mentioned. I found a MARANTZ PM 325 STEREO AMPLIFIER that I got for $69 shipped. Did I jump the gun or is this worth the price?
Look at pawn shops instead of craigs. Much better prices and most of my awesome vintage audio equipment, equalizers, amps, speakers, was all found at pawn shops.
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Look at pawn shops instead of craigs. Much better prices and most of my awesome vintage audio equipment, equalizers, amps, speakers, was all found at pawn shops.
True, and I would try to mainly look at garage sales as well, often they sell them for pennies or even give them away for free, as they are just sitting in the attic.

In general, acoustic equipment does not really carry many technological advancements that drastically change performance/sound quality over time. The build quality does change however, and unfortunately, it often changes for the worst.

Just like fords, they don't really make them like they used to.
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Pawn shops and garage sales it is then, thanks.
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This is some junkie audio stuff in my basement. Could i use any of it with my computer? i am a audio noob
im guessing all of this stuff is just for music and dvds so it wouldn't work but i am just checking thanks


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This is some junkie audio stuff in my basement. Could i use any of it with my computer? i am a audio noob
im guessing all of this stuff is just for music and dvds so it wouldn't work but i am just checking thanks
You can use the receiver as a a headphone amp. I can't guarantee the quality of it, but it can't hurt to try.
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Some of Onkyo's receivers are not bad. My stereo TX-8511 has great caps(ELNA) and powerful a powerful toroid.
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just looked up the specs for it technics sa-r210. only 40 watts per channel so like you said in the other post, not goodhttp://www.stereomanuals.com/vintage...receivers2.htm
well thanks for the help
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just looked up the specs for it technics sa-r210. only 40 watts per channel so like you said in the other post, not goodhttp://www.stereomanuals.com/vintage...receivers2.htm
well thanks for the help
Don't judge anything by watts alone, some of the best amps money can buy are as low as 30 Watts per channel, there's a lot more to it than just a Watt rating.
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Don't judge anything by watts alone, some of the best amps money can buy are as low as 30 Watts per channel, there's a lot more to it than just a Watt rating.
Quite. The same way one should not judge a camera's quality based on mega pixels.
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