- Apr 12, 2018
I had an A-7 Driving my AR speakers.way, way back in 1977, when I was a poor undergraduate student, scraping together pennies to buy a stereo integrated amplifier, my (long) shopping experience focused in on two roughly comparable models: Onkyo's A-5 and Yamaha's CA-610II. The latter cost, if memory serves, $20 USD more than the former ($270 vs. $250, again, if memory serves).
I went with the Yamaha for, probably two reasons: it had meters and the local Yamaha dealer, Soundscape, was leaps and bounds more pleasant deal with than the snooty store that carried Onkyo (at the low end of their wares). The latter dealer is long gone; Soundscape, AFAIK, is still extant.
Still have the CA-610II, although it's been packed up and not in use since we moved to NH.