Sansui 3500 receiver

Discussion in 'Exclusively Sansui' started by JeffCov, May 16, 2011.

  1. JeffCov

    JeffCov Active Member

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    Hello everyone. I picked up a Sansui 3500 receiver a couple of weekends ago. I have been using a Marantz 2245 and a Pioneer SX-680 (and a couple other Pioneer's.) This is my first time using a Sansui and I have to say that I think that I might have a new favorite (for now at least!) I have only seen a tiny bit of info on the 'net about this model-and found a thread here on this site: http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=284657
    Does anyone else have this model? Did I find myself a pretty good Sansui or is this a run-of-the-mill model? Is there a general consensus on this particular model?
    Here is a pic I found on net of the owners manual. I can add pic of mine when I get home tonight

    Thanks,
    JeffCov
     

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  2. henri-61

    henri-61 Member

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    Geez Jeeff..I guess after a year with no responses tells you something..I am curious about the 3500 as well..there is no such thing as a crap unit from this era of Sansui..so it must sound good..what's the wpc?..they and the 400 are the rarest of the U.S. units available..I have a few Sansui's, including the holy 5000x..and now I've been road testing a Marantz 2270 and honestly,soundwise..the Sansui's have more of a natural sound body and better balls..even an 800 sounds sweet..throw up some photo's and give that sucker a life.
     
  3. JeffCov

    JeffCov Active Member

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    Henri- I am still using this unit in my main system. If I recall correctly, it is rated at 30-35 watts per channel. I could be wrong, though. One thing is for sure...I really like this receiver. I switched from a Pioneer SX-680 (and SX-535) to a Kenwood receiver to a Rotel RX 400A then to a Marantz 2245 before trying the Sansui. I tried the Marantz again a couple of times, but there is something about the Sansui that is very pleasing to my ears. I guess I was trying to make myself love the Marantz like so many others do, but it was just not meant to be- oh well. I will get some pics of it later today/tonight and post them here.

    Here is my current set-up:
    Dual 1019-->Sansui 3500--> (A) speakers are Fuselier "Custom" Speakers-->(B) speakers are DCM CX-17. I also use a PS1 as my CD and a Pioneer CT F8282 for cassette tapes.

    JeffCov
     
  4. JeffCov

    JeffCov Active Member

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    Sorry about the delay, but here are a couple pics of my Sansui 3500. I am still using the camera on my phone. That is why my pics will never be considered for any photography awards. Well, that's not the ONLY reason...

    I will take a few tonight that will include the Fuselier speakers in the picture.

    JeffCov
     

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  5. rasenthiran

    rasenthiran Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Agree with Henry,i Just bought the Sansui 800 last week and impressed with the sound and power it produce. The amplifier looks smaller but it has plenty of power on it.
     
  6. Stene

    Stene The Introducer

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  7. demondog

    demondog Active Member

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    Hi, while cleaning the attic I just ran across a picture of the Sansui 3500 I bought new, and used back in 1971. Came across this thread in a Google search while trying to refresh my memory.

    I can't add any real information from my days using it as the front amplification in a mostly Sansui quadraphonic system, but wanted to say that I sold it off to buy a Marantz 2270. I never did any direct comparisions, but thought the Sansui sounded great, and the upgrade to the Marantz was mostly for its 70 wpc.
     
  8. coteri

    coteri New Member

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    Hi
    i just buy this baby and it sound fantastic with all of my speakers, i'm not fan of Sansui gear but this 3500 sound realy good and warm with lot of power
     
  9. pablogago101

    pablogago101 New Member

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    Hi! Did you get a manual of this model? It seems early sansui models are very good sounded. Also seems turner lights are a bit dark compare to 70's Marantz.
     
  10. larryderouin

    larryderouin Do I get Food, Med's, or more gear this Month? Subscriber

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    The 3500 is very close if not identical to the 2000A/2000X. Controls on the Front are identical, back side is the same. The output power on the 3500 is a watt or 2 higher than the 2000X. I'm wondering if the 3500 might have been for some markets that the 2000A/X wasn't for. To me the 3500 looks like a Silverfaced 2000A/X.

    2000A. 2000X is externally indistinguishable until you see the LEGEND in the Corner.
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    2000A spec's. 2000X slightly higher.
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