is the Yamaha RX-530 still good? Or too old?

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  1. James.Scutt

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    Hi All

    I have just purchased some Jensen SPX-7's and I have found this old Yamaha amp which is a total of 350watts (2 channel). does that make it 175watts per channel?

    I'm just wondering if it is too old to power the new Jensen's? components wise etc. Am i still going to get nice sound? Since the amp is like 15yrs old.. i think...

    (http://bdimports.com.au/spx7.html)
    (can't find link for the Yamaha amp)

    Thanks all
    James.
     
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    SORRY .... DOUBLE POST
     
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    James,

    Do you mean the RX-V530, like THIS ONE

    This is from the U.S. website; sometimes Aussie/Asian models are different. This site doesn't list an RX-530.

    Anyway, the RX-V530 is 75 watts per channel for 5 channels. You would get 75 watts output to each Jensen hooking up as stereo. Should handle it if you dont blast at ear-splitting levels (!)

    Is this all you are going to do -- set up a stereo for music system? Never hook-up a DVD player for movie surround sound?
     
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    no no it is the RX-530 as it says on the front of it!
     
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    the RX-V530 is the surround model I think...
     
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    then I have no idea what the RX-530 will do. Where did you get that 350 watt specification?

    If that was 175 watts per channel (stereo) this would be one heavy amplifier like 28-30 lbs.
     
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    I just assumed it was 175watts per channel because it said 350watts on the back of it... [​IMG]
     
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    James, the plate of ther rear of the Yamaha (and nearly all appliances) tells you the amount of electrical power it uses at some peak or sustained level chosen by the maker for the test. This is called POWER CONSUMPTION and has nothing to do with receiver audio output.

    This older RX-530 likely is rated in the 45 watts to 60 watt range per channel for stereo output. I'd look for a less old receiver and one with more audio output power, like 75 or 80W. Yamaha still is a good one here for used...

    (I'll ask again: Is stereo music playing the only thing you are going to use this receiver for? Never Dolby 5.1 DVD movies w/ tellie?)
     
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    James,

    What you have is a vintage Yamaha receiver, not amplifier. Yamaha’s amps traditionally had have a “M” or “MX” designation, and their two-channel integrated amps an “A” or “AX” designation.

    Your RX530 is circa 1989. It was the bottom-of-the-line offering for the year, and was rated at 50 watts per channel @ 8 ohms (great estimate there, Bill!).

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
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    Ok thanks very much guys!
    "...This is called POWER CONSUMPTION..." - no need to be a smart ass.

    I will look for a newer amp. And Bill, I will in the future jave surround.. but thid current setup is in my bedroom at the moment so no real need.

    James
     

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