TEAC AG-790 Receivers

4/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $159.99

Product Description

Delivers 100 Watts per Channel to 2-Channel Stereo / Digitally-tuned AM&FM Radio with up to 30 Memories / Remote / Phono Input

Teac AG-790 Stereo Receiver Component - This is designed to be the central component of a home stereo Sound system and requires speakers or Headphones (not included).

  • Delivers 100 Watts per Channel Audio power for distinctly clear stereo sound
  • Digital FL display shows radio station numbers, selected Input and clock / timer
  • Built-in digital AM and FM radio allows you to select up to 30 stations for quick access using a built-in Memory Programming mode - also permits manual Tuning
  • Sleep Timer
  • Banana speaker terminals for a more secure and easy connection Capability of attaching up to 2 pairs of speakers which may be controlled with a speaker selector Switch
  • Front-mount jack for Optional stereo headphones
  • Loudness function permits full tonality at low listening levels to provide consistently high-quality sound to suit any listening situation
  • Phono Input
  • Includes wireless remote control

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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by johnfd a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2010

    Bottom Line:   
    I have been using this receiver for several years as the standard unit for my whole home audio business. This receiver is excellent for this purpose. It provides more than enough power for up to 8 pair of speakers in 8 rooms of a home. I feed the output to impedance matching volume controls of commercial grade and on to the pair of speakers in each room. The speakers that we usually use are middle of the road in price and value. 150 watt max. with 92dbl. dual cone, 8 inch mylar with a small dome driver usually silk. Does a wonderful job. The output from the receiver should be set no higher than 28 db. then all you have to do is use the volume controls in each room to set your comfort level of listening. Setting the ouput to high levels will result in crashing the finals in the amp. and it will shut down electronically because of overload. Do this enough times and it is goodbye receiver or at least make it due for repairs to the final output stage of the amp. Other than that it has been a good overall inexpensive receiver for the average listener. We should not be too critical of what we buy at this price level. It seems these days everybody wants a MacIntosh Amp. for the price of a Big Box Store Special. Give us a break and be satisfied with what you pay for.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2005

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by wborges3 a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2005

    Bottom Line:   
    After recently purchasing a new Samsung 27-inch flat screen TV for the bedroom it became apparent that sound quality was going to be an issue. It wasn’t an issue because of any faults with the TV. It was because the sound quality of the downstairs HT system, which consists of Outlaw and Paradigm components, has spoiled us rotten. So, some new sound components were needed to complement the new TV.

    However, I wasn’t going to spend a whole lot of money on another room full of equipment. The challenge was to provide the highest quality sound with the fewest number of pieces at the absolutely lowest price. These criteria meant that the system would not be surround sound; no, it would be simple two-channel stereo. It goes without much elaboration that this was an important factor for my wife . . . she likes what the equipment does, she just doesn’t want to have to look at it.

    The speaker selection was easy, BIC DV62s, a speaker that I’ve recommended to budget-constrained friends and relatives on numerous occasions. The BIC’s are deadly accurate within their usable frequency response, reasonably well made, and cheap at about $130.00 a pair when purchased from various Internet vendors. The speakers are set on Wood Technologies 32-inch real oak stands that are available online for about $90.00 delivered.

    The receiver choice was a little trickier. Over the years I’ve built and used two Heathkit receivers, one of which was the legendary AR-1500 with its tank-like construction and incredible tuner. I’m also still using an NAD 7240PE receiver out in the garage. This classic component would be in the bedroom system if it only had a sleep timer, a remote, and was still able to output an FM stereo signal to both channels. The aforementioned Outlaw component in the HT system is the rock-solid, almost 40-pound 1050 receiver.

    So, you probably understand the dilemma by now. In comparison to these benchmarks, there is not much currently available in the way of quality stereo receivers, especially inexpensive ones. The standouts in this class are the Onkyo TX-8211 and TX-8511. However, they both failed the inexpensive criterion and neither has 5-way speaker connectors that allow the use of banana plugs. The Sony and JVC entries are just too cheesy for the money in terms of build quality, although they probably both perform well. Kenwood made a really good stereo receiver featuring their outstanding K-Stat amplifiers up until 3 or 4 years ago, but they’re no longer available.

    Searching the Internet I came across the TEAC AG-790 receiver. It accepts banana plugs, has a discrete component amplifier design, uses some pretty heavy-duty heat sinks and a big transformer, has a very flexible sleep timer, effective remote control, and it fits the inexpensive criterion, i.e., $110 at J and R Music World, which is an authorized TEAC dealer. As a bonus, it even has a phono input for those of us who still have vinyl. By all appearances this 21-pound two-channel receiver is built. Top it off with a 1-year parts-and-labor warranty and this baby is a contender.

    Fortunately, early in life I sold audiophile components. So, I understand that if anything will go wrong with a component it will do so in the first 30-days. Otherwise, it will last long enough to give to your grandchildren. This understanding was critically important because the receiver was DOA. The delay-on relay between the pre-amp and power amp was faulty. However, rather than rant-and-rave at J and R and incur another $50 in to-and-from return shipping charges, I took the receiver to my friendly neighborhood authorized service center for warranty repairs. They fixed it for free and it is now running just as it should.

    So, how does it perform? Wonderfully, thank you for asking. It has all the clean, clip-free power needed to drive the BICs flawlessly for any kind of program in a medium-sized room, including action movies and demanding live-concert and symphonic CDs. There are a couple of quirks, though, that prospective buyers should be aware of. The first, and most minor, is the loudness compensation. The sucker hisses, so don’t use it. Turn-up the bass instead, if you are so inclined. (Just remember that real audiophiles don’t use loudness and tone controls anyway.) The other more significant quirk – but only if you live in an FM fringe area and get your programming over-the-air – is the rather insensitive FM tuner as compared to the moderately good tuner in the NAD 7240PE. Fortunately, this is not a problem for me because there is a Hafler Isis FM tuner in the downstairs audiophile music system, which is almost as good as the old Heathkit AR-1500’s tuner section.

    In conclusion, the TEAC AG-790 stereo receiver is an excellent buy, if it fits your needs as it does mine. If you can live with its minor quirks, buy it. If you can’t, spend more money.

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2005

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   J and R Music World

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