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Akai AA-5210 amplifier
Akai amplifier made in the early 1970's that used to be a competitor to the early Luxmans, as the SQ-707 and SQ700X.
This is a good and well built amplifier, with 20 Watts per channel power capacity.
The amp was made for the European market and it has DIN speaker terminals as well.
Akai made a Dolby version as well, it has a discrete Dolby unit inside and is called: AA-5210DB
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This amplifier is typically built following the electronic amp-designing and building practises of that time,
the wiring and topology is not to modern standards, some materials are not to todays standard.
It is easy to upgrade this amp to modern standards.
Change the power supply to star topology.
Change or add sufficient uF in the main power supply, initial C1 2200 uF is not up to modern standards.
Check wire gauge of the power supply.
Check all caps in the power supplies.
The resistors of 10 Ohms R20, R20a in the power amp are always burnt, replace them for 1 Watts type.
The capacitors C1(a) and C5(a) should be replaced by audio caps.
If you are in Europe set the voltage selector to 240 Volts.
Check DC offset and idling current of the power amp.
Check wire gauge of the power amp, and speaker wires: they are rather thin.
Check TR1 and TR2, they break down easely.
Check all caps in the power amp.
Do usual parts checks for all pre amps.
The transistors can get noisy and the caps may have broken down after many years of service.
Good sound after the update of the entire amplifier.
© PE1MMK Hans Hilberink, last update: 15-03-2013.