Sansui 7 vs 8/8 deluxe

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  1. Rmac587

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    Fellow compulsive people:
    I currently have a very nice sounding 881 and a rebuilt Au-717, but I'm really tempted by a recapped 8 Deluxe on that auction site. That said, there is also a very nice 7 that would be much cheaper. Excellent condition with new lamps, but not recapped.

    My question is this: are they so similar that it makes sense to simply try the 7?
    Thanks in advance! -Rob
     
  2. captouch

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    To me, it really depends on what your intended purpose is for the 7 or 8/8 Deluxe. If it's just to have a good example of the single digit series for collection and occasional listening, I'd go for the 7 as it's much cheaper.

    The 8/8 Deluxe kind of gives you bragging rights as a TOTL receiver, but I'm thinking it won't sound significantly different than the 7. And the rebuilt 717 would be hard to beat I think. So unless you have places for all your receivers/integrateds such that it makes sense to spend a lot for a recapped 8D, I wouldn't be inclined to spend a lot of $ for something that might not be either your main unit or something that was very frequently used.
     
  3. Rmac587

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    Sound advice Cap. I acquired the 881 from Eiraved (awesome guy SoCal AK folks) in a trade and it sounds wonderful, rich, warm, articulate, really nice. But Eiraved noted that it has a different "presentation" than other lines. That made me curious. Given that I already have the other two, I'll pass on the 8.

    I MAY get the 7 and have them go head to head with the 717 and 881, and keep the best one.
     
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    From what I've heard, the AU-717 is really nice. It wouldn't surprise me if the 7 sounded better than the 881 (I'm assuming the 881 is also original like the 7 would be), but I'd be surprised if either beat a rebuilt 717. But you never know, I've never heard a 717 myself. :)

    I do have a 8D myself, and it's a very nice sounding receiver, but it's always a question of how much something costs and whether its cost can be justified for its intended use.
     
  5. Rmac587

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    Geez, Cap, if you were in the SoCal area I'd just say take the 717 for a while to demo and see how you like it. It's sitting on a shelf....

    I'm thinking you're right on the "cost" vs. "intended use" issue. My main amp right now is a NOSvalves Scott 299b. That would be VERY hard to displace.
     
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    And my 8D is sitting on my Expedit just being ornamental. :) I guess we have too much gear. My main speakers require plenty of power/current, so even if I wanted, the 8D couldn't really fill that space.

    I'm from SoCal and will be visiting there during Xmas, but I don't really have a good way to demo it at my parents' place.
     
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  7. Rmac587

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    If you're close to Fullerton just.cruise over my way. I'll be between semesters / teaching and pretty flexible.

    My mains now are my Forte I, but I'd REALLY like to hear the 717 with some JBL L96 or something in that ballpark. I was in contact with Mech986 about some 44xx and may have to follow that up.
     
  8. MER71

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    I have heard the 6, 7 and 8D. The Eight Deluxe sounds much better then the 7. To save money, grab the 7, unless money doesn't matter.
     
  9. Rmac587

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    Oh man, Mer71, you're enabling me.... and I'm ok with that.
     
  10. Overundr1

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    Egads a sitting 717 lol. Try it with your forte's for a pleasant surprise :)
     
  11. Rmac587

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    Even better Over, I've done all of Moray James's "over the counter" modifications to the Forte and installed Bob Crites diaphragms and crossovers. They are a dream.

    The Scott 299 is tough to beat with them!
     

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