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Panasonic digital receivers

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 14:34:31

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As it is no longer the flavour du jour, panasonic digital receivers are popping up on Ebay at very low (used) prices. With the passage of time do the early raves still hold? Can they be beaten at the price?
Also, there are many models from the XR25 up... how far up the food chain is the "sweet spot"?


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RE: Panasonic digital receivers, posted on January 4, 2017 at 14:44:39

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I recall that I had one about 15 years ago, purchased from B&H Photo in NYC. I don't remember the model but it was less than $300. Lots of inputs and outputs in a slimline cab.
It was okay, but I used it only in stereo and it didn't stay long--about a year. I wouldn't pay much for one today.


I have a SAXR57, posted on January 5, 2017 at 02:47:53
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It has been in service in bedroom system powering a pair of B&W DM 110 speakers for over a decade of almost continuous play with no problems and it sounds good.


RE: I have a SAXR57, posted on January 15, 2017 at 02:04:52

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Switching amps like those in these receivers- "digital" amps, class D amps, whatever label you like, often sound better than mid-fi class AB amps like those found in most older receivers, etc. But (generally) not as good as really good audiophile amps.

Depends on the speaker too, to some degree. These "digital" amps are not very sensitive to speaker impedance, so a speaker that sounds woolly or boomy on a tube amp may sound quite neutral on a class D amp. (Which you may or may not like!Sometimes the ohms-law impedance interaction between a speaker and an amplifier can be just the sound you're looking for...) Class D amps are also pretty good at supplying current into difficult loads, again, more so than run-of-the-mill mid-fi, and so some speakers that would sound not-so-great on a 1980's receiver might sound quite a bit better on the Panasonic digital unit.

So, these Panasonic jobs would probably sound better in most uses than older mid-fi, but there are better sounding amps out there (for more money...)


I have an SAXR45, posted on January 15, 2017 at 08:37:49

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Location: No. California
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It does service as home theater. Dislike that speaker connections other than FLR are push-in type. It is a tad bright, but otherwise very good. I really ought to feed it a good digital signal and I bet it would sound even better. I have matching blueray player and it is very sharp looking. Wish I could get a matching tuner for it, but they were never made. I don't like the flat sound of it's tuner section.

I'm looking for a black one to put in my playroom. They are getting harder to find. Usually one pops up on craigslist every year, but unless it is close by, I wait for the next listing.


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