I just bought an Onkyo P303 preamp.

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by theophile, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. theophile

    theophile Pheasant Plucker. Subscriber

    Now before anyone thinks I've suddenly developed a dislike to my newly acquired EW modified Kenwood 700C.

    NO WAY.:no:

    I take an interest in posts which talk about the quality of phono-stages within solid-state vintage preamps(Japanese especially).So I quietly took note of the following post about the Onkyo P303 a little while back.


    I've looked around for one for a while now,and haven't seen one anywhere.I've seen lots of P304s,but no P303s.Well I saw one for sale yesterday,and I took the plunge and bought it.
    I haven't heard a P303,but the P304 has some very complimentary consumer reviews at ecoustics.com.
    My philosophy is;I can only rely on another person's opinion up to a point,but in order to come to a firm conclusion I have to have direct first-hand experience.If I had a friend with an endless supply of vintage gear I could possibly borrow the items I'm interested in,in order to obtain that direct experience.Since such a person isn't in my circle of friends,I have no recourse but to purchase in order to satisfy my curiosity.
    I made the commitment to purchase about 3 hours ago,and am now waiting for the unit to be sent.
    I'll keep you all informed.:smoke:
    PS Just watched the Aussies slaughter the Poms in a one day cricket game.:banana:
  2. beppe61

    beppe61 Active Member

    Hello Steve !

    Have you received the Onkyo ? is everything OK with it ? :scratch2:
    Are you pleased with its sound ?
    Just let it run in for a while before judging.
    Thank you very much.

    My warmest regards,

  3. theophile

    theophile Pheasant Plucker. Subscriber

    The Onkyo hasn't arrived yet.I'll post you a PM when I leave my impressions of the unit(well run-in,of course).
  4. beppe61

    beppe61 Active Member

    Thank you very much Steve !
    I wish you all the best with your new purchase.:thmbsp:
    My warmest regards,:D

  5. bully

    bully member

    Near Lafayette, Indiana
    Orion sez the P-303 is from 1977-82 and retailed for $410.
    I haven't heard Onkyo preamps, but have had three Onkyo receivers from that era. Very nice preamp sections, nice phono sections.
    I, too, will be interested in your thoughts.
    My first power amps were Onkyos, the M-5160 & M-5140.
  6. kzim229

    kzim229 Active Member

    I just bought a P303 also, on the strength of the same recommendation from Hadrian333!
    Should arrive in a few days. Will post update then.
  7. bailebc

    bailebc Active Member

    Ellerslie, GA
    So how did the preamp turn out? I am interested in the P-303 and would love to hear how your experience went.
  8. theophile

    theophile Pheasant Plucker. Subscriber

    I'm not certain to whom you were posing your question,nor am I aware of whether you are already familiar with the following post,but I'm certain that others who come across this thread may wish to read the linked thread started by myself.Of extreme interest are the posts by the designer of the Onkyo P-303,Mister Tom Ishimoto:



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