I am using this Yamaha CA-810 Integrated amplifier to power the JBL L60T loudspeakers described in a previous post. Built from 1977 to 1979. A heavy amp with a conservative rating of 75 watts per channel. While the amp was being reconditioned, I was told by the service tech that this amp easily produced more wattage than its specified rating without breaking a sweat.
Typical of well-built integrated amps of the 70’s, it contains top shelf interior components and a well thought-out design. It has a unique and useable loudness control which allows you to attenuate from any main volume setting while still keeping the lower bass frequencies boosted. It also has a great phono section for those still spinning vinyl.
All switches and knobs have a robust feel and, no doubt, have great build quality. These amps, if properly maintained and serviced, will truly last indefinitely. Pair this with any input source, be it analog or digital, and you will have a fantastic system.
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what would you recommend as a classic amp/speaker setup for someone looking for a basic home system to stream music through. just something that looks nice and can be loud enough when needed
There are many vintage/classic receivers or integrated amps available through places like Ebay that would work great for streaming music. I think the thing to look for would be the condition. If it looks like it has been taken care of and still has all its functions working you should be fine. Ask questions about its age and use. It is actually best to find something that has still been in use than something that has sat unused for years, as the components like capacitors can dry out from lack of use.
Modern speakers will work fine with vintage equipment and that’s an area where you can find current new/used speakers that will perform well. Good brand names such as JBL, Klipsch, MB Quart, Mission are just a few brands that are easily found used and will work well. I applaud your quest for good sound. A good vintage system will out perform any of the “docking” systems for devices available today!