Best Sansui Integrated Amps

Discussion in 'Exclusively Sansui' started by bjarmson, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. bjarmson

    bjarmson Well-Known Member

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    I'm a collector who values quality over quantity (main amp is a Kenwood Supreme 600, also own: Kenwood KA-9100, Yamaha CA-1000, Sony TA-5650-VFET, Pioneer SA-8800). I've never owned any Sansui equipment, but at some point I'd like to add a high end Sansui integrated to my collection. Which ones do you Sansui folks prefer. Are the earlier ones (AU-999, AU-9500) as good as the later ones (AU-919, AU-20000-et al, AU-X1)? Are there any sleepers to look for? I'd prefer something with all discrete components, without some sort of proprietary component (like the Kenwood KA-9100's power module) no longer attainable (without buying a parts unit). Suggestions, comments, criticism.
     

     

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  2. Stene

    Stene The Introducer

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    I guess that AU-X1111 Mos Vintage is one of the very best
     

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  3. reggaenaut

    reggaenaut Addicted Member

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    I have a au919 which I love, but Stene that au-x1111 is some beautiful beast.
     
  4. rickr15

    rickr15 Super Member

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    That is a beautiful piece of gear. I've never seen one of those before. What are the spec's?
     
  5. jfzea

    jfzea Active Member

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    I have Sansui amplifiers from 1978 to 1987 and in my opinion the best sounding is the AUD11, you can hear it for hours with no fatigue. May be it hasn't the best aparent power but the sound is very natural.
     
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  6. Gilbert2

    Gilbert2 www.ls3-5a-forum.com

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    Not in order, my preferreds are AU-20000, AU-X1, AU-999 and maybe the

    best is AU-111 but unfortunately I did not listen to it... I hope to find one on

    last edition 99' :tresbon:
     

     

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  7. Stene

    Stene The Introducer

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    AU-X1111 Mos Vintage

    Babel Fish Translated
    AU-X1111 Mos Vintage

    < Power amplifier section >
    Effective output (10Hz - 20kHz and both ch operation) 150W + 150W (6 ohms)
    110W + 110W (8 ohms)
    Dynamic power 320W + 320W (2 ohms)
    240W + 240W (4 ohms)
    190W + 190W (6 ohms)
    THD(10Hz - 20kHz) 0.008% (8 ohms)
    IM distortion factor (60Hz: 7kHz = 4: 1, SMPTE) 0.008% (8 ohms)
    Damping factor 200 (8 ohms)
    Frequency characteristic (1W) DC - 300kHz (+0dB and -3dB)
    Input sensitivity/input impedance (1kHz) (5 kohms)
    Signal-noise ratio (A network) Above 115dB
    Envelope strain: Below measurement limiting value
    TIM strain (SAWTOOTH): Below measurement limiting value
    Slew Rate: ±150V/ μ sec (8 ohms)
    Rise time: 0.5 μ Sec
    Headphone output: 400mW (33 ohms)
    Load impedance: 4 - 16 ohms

    < Pre-amp section >
    Input sensitivity/input impedance (1kHz) Phono MM: 2.0mV/47k Ω
    Tuner, CD and Tape Play 1, 2 and 3, Line1, 2: 150mV/47k Ω
    Maximum permissible input Phono MM: 200mV (1kHz)
    Output voltage (1kHz) Tape Rec (PIN): 150mV/47k Ω
    Output impedance (1kHz) Tape Rec (PIN): 600 Ω or more
    Signal-noise ratio (A network) Phono MM: Above 88dB
    Tuner, CD and Tape Play1, 2 and 3, Line1, 2: Above 110dB
    Sub sonic filter: 16Hz (-3dB, 6dB/oct)
    Presence (Volume -40dB): +2dB (200Hz)
    Audio muting: -20dB

    < In addition >
    Rated electric power consumption (electric supplies control method) 350W
    External size Width 470× height 178× depth 486mm
    Weight 35.1kg
     
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  8. rickr15

    rickr15 Super Member

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    Sweet :thmbsp: Thanks for the info Stene. Just another one to add to the "I want" list of unobtanium goodies.
     
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  9. Bigerik

    Bigerik AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Slightly more available, but still rare, is the AU-D11 II. STUNNINGLY good sounding integrated amp. Picky as all get out to keep running. Not a piece to bring in to just any tech. BUT, when it is set up right and working right, the sound is astonishing!
     
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  11. RHX68

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    AU-517 is a one time classic, I thought this amp (Japanese domestic model AU-607) marked another milestone of Sansui. For all the later 07 series, this is the first amp that Sansui take the effort to switch to low tim, high speed, and all DC design. I had my AU-517 which I really love, musical and listen for all day which never tired. For all music content like Jazz, pop, rock, it sound beautiful and honestly amplify the original content. I definitely keep it and think that it should be a sleeper (as not many people concern about this amp at this moment). By the way, I also own a AU-819 & Kenwood Model 500 which sound also beautiful, both are a comtempary classic during 70's. It's fun to switch over 1 and the others for various music content. Cheers.
     

     

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  12. bozak ron

    bozak ron Super Member

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    As a collector you should look into the AU-9500, one of Sansui's first attempts at a solid state amp. At 85 watts per channel, it has more than enough power and possesses a wonderful tube-like sound that is very pleasing to the ear. One of Sansui's best from the early 1970s.
     
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  13. john_w

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    For more on the AU-9500, AU-717 and AU-919: You will see my comments and comparisons (at length) if you do a search on these (from this site - not just Google) - especially the AU-9500. Maybe you already have. In any case, I won't elaborate.

    As to your general question about early vs. late models and quality, it depends on what you're looking for. The AU-9500 is the King of Features and overall power (for its rating), and still has very good sound quality. I think most early TOTL Sansuis tend to run that way from what I've seen and heard. On the other hand, and the later models like the 919 have richer, more accurate low end and low-mids, and best overall sound. I still have both and won't let go of either! Being a collector, I'd get the AU-9500 and at least one later model.

    If you're into making mods, the AU-X1 might be the way to go. From what I've heard here, it has the best sound but is very unstable unless you mod the circuitry a bit. (Search on that one as well.)

    This is actually the first I've heard of - or at least noticed - the X1111. Makes sense if it's a rare, mostly Japanese market model as described. But that pic is so beautiful, that unhealthy curiosity thing is starting to take over. I may need some intervention. :scratch2:
     
  14. nosirrah

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    IMHO the AU999 is just very slightly inferior to the AU-9500, either unit will give years of excellent service and retain that tank-like build quality. I like the seperate power switch on the 999 for down the road reliability, but the 9500 does sound a bit "fuller" {tube like?"}
    Parts are always an issue, one of my 999s needs a couple switches which so far have been unobtanium...
    Just found an AU7500, not yet working but I will keep you posted.
    Casey
     
  15. Morden2004

    Morden2004 Relaxin'

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    Ah, yes, my favorite amp is ...


    Here is a shot of 'the bridge of SS Morden2004', and holding up that 19" LCD monitor and parked between those speakers is my Sansui AU-999!

    **Image no longer available**

    Paul
     
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  16. gusten

    gusten Addicted Member

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    I have seen an AU-X911DG on a site,and I´m a little interested as I am with
    most Sansui´s, but there seem to be very little info to find.
    I have an AU-x701 and I´m not impressed with it´s quality.
    Could the X911DG be a better choise?
    gusten
     

     

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  17. Stene

    Stene The Introducer

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    There is some info at http://www.sansui.us/Issues_IntvsDomestic.htm
     
  18. Redcatcher199th

    Redcatcher199th FREEDOM Isnt FREE TYVETS

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    :ntwrthy: ...........WOW now that is beautiful can I hold it ....?? lol

    I am in lust now ........... :music:
     
  19. Redcatcher199th

    Redcatcher199th FREEDOM Isnt FREE TYVETS

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    hey Paul I have seen one of those before .............hehe .are those Advent

    speaker's I got a pair just like those if so sure do make a big sound for small speaker's :music:
     
  20. Morden2004

    Morden2004 Relaxin'

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    No, those are a cheap pair of Legacy (???) speakers but do sound quite good up close.

    I'm not too concerned with high quality for this, my working location, as they are used mostly for computer burp's and squawk's and the odd VioP call.

    Paul
     

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