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Teac AG-H300 has expired...what can I replace it with?

MTBMike

Novice Member
Hi everyone,

I returned from holiday to find my lovely Teac AG-H300 has expired. I've established the transformer works fine, and there's power to the switch, so the issue is clearly deeper and electronics related. I'm not inclined to investigate further (at least not right now!).

It's demise has left me in a bit of a spot....

I immediately thought about sourcing another used amp, perhaps another Teac or a similar-looking (but functionally different) Onkyo 725. However, a quick search through popular online auction sites show they're a bit few and far between, and I cant guarantee another won't go pop. So that go me thinking it could me an opportunity to upgrade to something newer.

Space restrictions rule out full-size amps as a replacement (like the Onkyo A-9010) so I need a recommendation for a physically small replacement amp. I'm not sure what 'size' the Teac falls under these days - it's about ten years since I actually paid much attention to HiFi tech, but the Teac is 215mm wide by 270mm deep, which is about half the width of a standard unit. The height isn't as critical.

I've looked around, and the main snag i'm coming across is the lack of inputs on smaller units these days. I've been running a Technics SL-150 turntable through the Teac, so I need either a phono input or at least two aux inputs to allow me to also run my Echo through the same amp. I have a pair of Gale Gold Monitor 6ohm speakers. The AG-H300 was an 85w amp with 8-16ohm rating for the speakers (apologies if the terms aren't used accurately, i'm just trying to provide info!).

I wouldn't class myself as a true audiophile, but I can tell the difference between my old Teac and my brother's A-H300 (which was much warmer and nicer in my opinion).

To that end, could someone offer me some ideas as to what I could be looking at? Ideally id like to budget no more than £300.

Cheers
Mike
 
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Hixs

Distinguished Member
Rega Brio-R @ 400 odd used.

Cyrus are worth a look. Their gear is small in width, but fairly deep. Old kit though.

CYRUS 8 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER | eBay - just for viewing purposes.
 

Ugg10

Distinguished Member
Yamaha wxa50 May fit the bill but looks like they are currently being phased out so there may be deals about.
 

Legzr1

Prominent Member
If you liked the Teac sound and form factor then I’d seriously look on eBay for a 500 series amp. Similar size and operation but a more grown up sound and they’re an absolute bargain at the prices they bring. Build quality is supposed to be a notch above the 300 series - hell, less than £150 should get you two - one to use, one to keep as a spare incase the worst should happen.

I have a 500 system with amp, CD player and DVD player(!!) that must be 20 years old and it’s still doing sterling service in the garage.
 

MTBMike

Novice Member
Thanks for the advice so far everyone! I was expecting my Teac to last a lifetime, so yesterday was a pretty depressing day. I'd have been less upset if my car had ground to a halt!

I spent a good few hours digging around the web last night....

I don't know anything about Cambridge Audio or Cyrus amps - i've only experienced Teac, Technics, Denon and Onkyo, but i'll make a point of looking into them today. The Yamaha WXA-50 was one I came across when looking at Network Receivers (again, something i'd never even really heard of before). Mrs MTBMike wants a less cluttered approach to our lounge, and the Yamaha was a really neat little option and means I can actually ditch the Echo, so a network receiver might be something i'm going to look at further today, particularly as the setup is mainly used for internet/DAB radio, streaming from iMusic and occasionally playing my vinyl. I've just read it has a built-in preamp too, but I don't know how the sound will compare to what i'm used to though. I see that it has different sound modes, and auto-adjusts levels, but without traditional bass/treble adjustment I'm worried it might sound too bright or tinny, which might be a deal breaker, but i'll worry about that later.

I looked at replacing the Teac with another on eBay, but they still command £120 for the amps. To be honest, i'd forgotten about the 500 series, so i'll add those to my standing searches. I know it's cheap at the price, but I'm slightly reluctant to drop half the price of something like the Yamaha on another vintage amp, just for it to go pop in a couple of years. I know it shouldn't, but if the day it does arrives, Mrs MTB will say the immortal words 'I told you so', followed by 'don't expect me to replace it', all without looking up from her book.

Richer Sounds opens at 11am, so i'll head over there and see what the guys there can offer me!
 

Legzr1

Prominent Member
Sorry, didn’t realise they held their value so much (the 500 range). They were half that price a few years ago!!

I suggested them because I bought my daughter a decent little Denon one box thing (it’s small and white and streams music so that’s all that mattered...) and the Teac 500 sounds so much better.

Obviously there will be no warranty but the 300 series was built to compete at a price level whereas the 500 had much more thought put into it.

Good luck.
 

MTBMike

Novice Member
Sorry, didn’t realise they held their value so much (the 500 range). They were half that price a few years ago!!

I suggested them because I bought my daughter a decent little Denon one box thing (it’s small and white and streams music so that’s all that mattered...) and the Teac 500 sounds so much better.

Obviously there will be no warranty but the 300 series was built to compete at a price level whereas the 500 had much more thought put into it.

Good luck.

This is my concern completely! The Teac had such a lovely sound (the older A-H300 is nicer than the AG-H300 too) and i'd love to pick up another (300/500, it wouldn't matter), but i'm just concerned about buying a used amp and having it go again. Perhaps i'm just a bit raw from this one biting the dust.

I went to Richer Sounds this afternoon, and the lad wasn't overly keen to try and sell me anything to suit. He described the Yamaha as 'a little square metal box, sounds good, do you want me to order you one in?', before trying to sell me £600 of Sonos kit. I said thanks and walked away..... I saw the Denon One's in there, but wasn't keen on them - don't know why, it just didn't inspire me.

I think i'll have to pick up something cheap and cheerful on eBay, and come back to looking at newer stuff later in the year. The Onkyo 5XX and 7XX series have caught my eye - i'd need a preamp, or live without my vinyl for now (and sneak a preamp through the post next month), but at least it would get me some sound back. I feel like i've had a limb cut off!

If anyone has any alternative suggestions to the older Teac/Onkyo's please keep them coming!
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
Teac AG-H300 - Photos -

teac stereo receiver - ag h300 0 teac - Hifishock

teac stereo receiver - ag h300 0b teac - Hifishock

Teac AG-H300 - General Specs -

TEAC AG-H300 - Manual - AM/FM Stereo Receiver - HiFi Engine

35w/ch to 8 ohms

Current budget - ~ £300

Now we start to define the requirement in a New Amp -

- You have Dimensional Limitation - correct?
- How much power do you realistically need?
- What specific features do you want the Amp to have?
- How flexible are you on the budget?
- What other equipment are you using with the system? Turntable, CD Player, Other?


Keep in mind that modern amps can have many more features that didn't even exist when you originally bought your amp. Network Streaming for one.

What other electronics are you plugging into the system - Turntable, CD Player, other? That will help us determine then number of Inputs the new system needs to support.

The Marantz M-CR611 is pretty powerful for a mini-amp, and has CD, Network Streaming, and Bluetooth -

Marantz M-CR611 Mini-Amp FM/DAB/DAB+, 45w/ch, CD, Network Streaming,... - £329 -


Marantz M-CR611 Black Hi-Fi Mini System w/ Wi-Fi & Bluetooth - Mini Systems - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

Marantz UK | M-CR611 Melody Media

TEAC does still have several nice products on the market, but to know which one, we have to define the requirements beyond Size.

Teac - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

TEAC CR-H101 Black Stereo Receiver w/ Bluetooth, FM Tuner - Mini Systems - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

TEAC CR-H101 Silver Stereo Receiver w/ Bluetooth, FM Tuner - Mini Systems - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

Notice that the suggested TEAC CD-H101 (£339) has a limited number of inputs, which is why we need to know specifically what inputs you need. What external devices you need to attach to the system? Keep in mind that the Teac CD-H101 has a built in CD Player, so that is one less thing you need to attach.

But the Marantz M-CR611 has a CD Player and Network Streaming which give you access to Internet Streaming Services like Spotify, Pandora, and to 34,000 Internet Radio Stations (including BBC) around the world.

I think Maximum Value with Maximum Features, and generally regarded as Maximum quality (all things consider) the Marantz M-CR611 is probably your best bet. Though check the dimensions, the face is relatively small but they are a bit deeper than average.

Maximum Dimensions (W x H x D) 292mm x 111mm x 305mm

Again, we need a clearer picture of your specific needs, and the number and type of inputs you require.

Focusing mainly on Network Streaming, the Yamaha WXA-50 (£329) has 50w/ch Amps, 1xAUX in, 1xOptical In, and Network LAN In (Network Streaming, Bluetooth). I have no idea whether or not that works for you, but Network Streaming give you in essence an unlimited near infinite library of music to draw from.

Yamaha WXA-50 - Peter Tyson

Yamaha WXA-50 MusicCast Stereo Streaming Amplifier - Mini Systems - AudioVisual Online

MusicCast WXA-50 - Overview - Yamaha - UK and Ireland

Just of few questions and suggestions, hoping to establish perspective.

Steve/bluewizard
 

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