View Full Version : Onkyo A-10 score???

11-30-2011, 07:28 AM
I was at my goodwill store yesterday and spotted a silver amp like thing. Upon closer inspection it said it was an Onkyo A-10. It was sitting right above a matching Onkyo T-9 tuner. A quick search on AK and immediately I was trying to get sound out of it. Saw another person eyeing this monster and before he could give it a second look I took it and paid for it. Total out the door was $54. Is this a score? This thing weighs about 40 lbs an the original print instruction manual was also included. It was taped to it. Says its rated at 85 watts @ 8 ohm. Upon bringing it home, hooked it with my project debut III and had good sound. I think it could use some deoxit.
Was this a score for $50? And a keeper???

11-30-2011, 07:32 AM
Absolute score, congrats!

SPL db
11-30-2011, 07:43 AM
Did you see a police car behind you when you pulled out of the parking lot?

Because you stole that thing! :D

An A-10 with the matching T-9 tuner? Very nice score! :thmbsp:

11-30-2011, 08:19 AM
I forgot to mention. I did not pick up the tuner. It was priced at $45 separately. Wasn't sure if I need to pick it up or not. I'm sure it's still there. Is the tuner worth the pick up too??? (for $45)

11-30-2011, 08:30 AM
I'd have picked it up. Good looking, and frankly, I think having a matched set raises the value... Although, $45 is near the top of the price range...

11-30-2011, 08:35 AM
Cool. I'll stop by again after work (or at lunch) to that store. If it's there might pick it up too.

The conundrum I have now:
JBL L40 or Paradigm Studio 20 v2 (have both)
Onkyo A-10 and Luxman L-450...
How do I match the speakers to the amps??? :)

11-30-2011, 08:42 AM
Very nice score! I like those big heavy Onks. There's nothing wrong with running both sets of speakers. Your amp can certainly handle it. You may find they sound really good together. If not, keep both pairs hooked up and run them separately. Have fun learning which type of music each excells at.

11-30-2011, 08:44 AM
...How do I match the speakers to the amps??? :)

Hook 'em up.
Listen to 'em.
Decide which combinations you like.

11-30-2011, 01:25 PM
Went and picked up the tuner too for about $50. Can't believe the tuner was about $8 less than the amp. I do have 5 days to return it in case it isn't operational. :)

11-30-2011, 01:47 PM

11-30-2011, 02:37 PM
I will put up pictures once I get home from work :) might even open it up for the cleaning.

Taylor Player
11-30-2011, 02:38 PM
The T-9 is a great, but underrated tuner. The quartz lock feature can be turned on and off by your finger touching the dial....kind of cool.

11-30-2011, 02:42 PM
Nice pickup. You now have one of the nicest volume knobs in all of vintage audio. Seriously, that thing is a work of art.

11-30-2011, 06:03 PM
Here's some pictures...
The T-9 Tuner
The A-10 Amp
The Tuner & Amp stacked together
The Tuner Opened Up
The lights lighted up
The A-10 Opened up
The Volume Knob

11-30-2011, 06:17 PM
Nice. Does that volume knob go to 60? Must be loud. :D

11-30-2011, 06:18 PM
Nice! Just need to dig up that level knob.

11-30-2011, 08:05 PM
Nice! Just need to dig up that level knob.

I'm sorry? Dig up that level knob? Sorry, I did not quite understand...

11-30-2011, 08:08 PM
It appears as if the tuner is missing a level knob in your first photo.

11-30-2011, 08:33 PM
The only problem I had with the T-9 was with the lights and getting a stereo signal.

Looks like your pointer light is working.

I believe the indicator lamps are 6v 30 mA.
Meters are 6.3 50mA
T-9 service manual:

If you have problems getting a stereo signal even after replacing stereo light, check this thread starting with post #17. I followed Stuey's advice:I adjusted variable resistor R214 and got stereo.

11-30-2011, 11:12 PM
For now I wasn't even getting any signals. Am I supposed to attach something to it???

11-30-2011, 11:40 PM
Almost anything on vintageknob could be considered a score

The A-10 does get some mention in this A-7 article.

12-01-2011, 01:05 AM
For now I wasn't even getting any signals. Am I supposed to attach something to it???
Attach an antenna or a 2-3 foot piece of wire to the FM antenna terminal in the back. You should be able to get some signal.
Set the sensor to low. This controls how sensitive the tuning knob is to your touch. The Tuned lamp should turn off when you touch the tuning knob. If it doesn't, try normal or high.
Set the deemphasis to 75usec for US.

If you want to use the output control in front to be able to adjust the volume, attach RCA cables from variable output of the tuner to the tuner input of the A-10.

I see hifiengine also has the SM: