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Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today

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Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:50:29
wseaberry
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cant find much on it anybody know anything I would love to hear about it?

I got it at Goodwill for 25 buck and it works fine, needs a good cleaning although there is no scratchiness in any pots. It looks to be missing a few light on the tuner panel.

Sounds good, very neutral especially with a Arcam Alpha 8 cd player hooked up. Detail is good. Playing through Polk Monitor 60's is there a vintage speaker that matches this receiver well?

Thanks in advance
Bill

 

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RE: Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today, posted on January 13, 2011 at 14:20:54
cjpremierfour
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Using the Orion Blue Book (1991). Your receiver, the SA 5205 was sold between 1978 and 1979 for $360. It was 45 watts per channel.

FYI: Optonica sold receiver's that were 25wpc on the low end and 125 wpc on the hi end. The 25wpc receivers started at $260, the 125wpc
receivers were listed at $800.

The Optonica receivers, which were hugh monsters were very good for the price!

 

RE: Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today, posted on January 13, 2011 at 16:08:47
wseaberry
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thanks, I have had some time to listen and so far I really like stuff like Jeff Beck.

its in my office and I am sure the room is affected it dramatically, I put it in near-field to help with that but it's only a 10 x 10 room with no room treatments.

When I get my Marantz 6100 back from the shop I'll check out the phono pre amp in it.

Thanks again
Bill

 

RE: Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today, posted on January 14, 2011 at 21:55:24
Hi-Fidelity
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I picked up a used Optonica turntable a little while ago. I was looking for something with a heavier tonearm to use with a mono cartridge (Denon DL 102). So far, so good.

I did a lot of research and discovered it was actually Sharp's entry into the world of turntables during the late 70's.

 

RE: Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today, posted on January 14, 2011 at 22:02:39
wseaberry
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that's a nice looking TT, does a mono cartridge make a big difference in mono LP's?

If so I have a second TT maybe I should get a mono cartridge for it I love mono sound

 

RE: Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today, posted on January 15, 2011 at 16:10:34
Hi-Fidelity
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Thanks, I only paid $35 for it (without a cartridge). Your receiver is cool looking... I really like that black face with the white letters and radio tuning piece.

If you have a decent mono collection, by all means get a mono cartridge.

I believe (I may be wrong) a stereo cartridge picks up vertical information on the walls of the groove, while a mono cartridge picks up horizontal info in the groove. Mono records do sound less noisy with a mono cartridge, and are much more forgiving with scratched records.

 

RE: Pick up a Optonica SA 5205 today, posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:08:23
Crazy Dave
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That looks a lot nicer than the Optonica table we sold in our shop in the late 80's. That one looks like Denon made it (or maybe JVC). How are the bearings on the arm?

Dave

 

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