Switched back to Sansui

Discussion in 'Exclusively Sansui' started by chevelosm, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. chevelosm

    chevelosm Khosaku Kikuchi's Grandson

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    Just wondering if any members have or had other brand of amps or other gear in the past but switched back to Sansui and why?
     
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  2. Hyperion

    Hyperion Roobarb & Custard Subscriber

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    A solid dyed-in-the-wool Sansui man me :) (for 'amplification' at least)

    I started out with one or two home built amplifiers (and speakers), but I wanted something better. I remember being asked to repair a Sansui amplifier, an AU-3900 I think it was, and after seeing the internal construction, how nice the controls were, and liking how it sounded I was hooked. I eventually bought an AU-717, although the Technics SU-8080 was also on my short list. I have since collected a few Sansui's, and become quite proficient at repairing and reconditioning them, I can't see myself switching to anything else anytime soon.

    I also own a Technics SU-A900 Mk II which I quite like - but it is no match for any of my Sansui's ;)
     
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  3. kevzep

    kevzep Its all about the Music Subscriber

    Well, I'm a McIntosh guy, I don't see myself getting rid of the Mc gear to switch back to Sansui, but I am most certainly going to be adding some Sansui to the arsenal.....
    Starting with the G7700 I sold my mate 6 years ago......he's selling it back to me!! This is a good start....
    I'm going to freshen it up, align the tuner, get some nice LED in the panel.....
    Also going to be adding an AU999 with all my mods, get that one nicely cleaned up, I think that one will be the Bedroom system......nice...I'll add a TU999 to it, love the green in the display....
    The G7700 will be the amp I have in my Lab to listen to while I repair and restore.......
     
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  4. pete_mac

    pete_mac Super Member

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    Do the 999 Kev, especially with all of your tweaks, and the Stereofun's driver board tweaks. They are very very very impressive. I love my Alpha X-balanced Sansuis, but I'd happily live with a reworked 999.
     
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  5. BLAH BLAH

    BLAH BLAH AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Still cannot go past my Kevzep 999 for my main amp...
    Chasing up a phono pre-amp to extract more musical magic from it in vinyl...
     
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  6. Overundr1

    Overundr1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Being a bit of a collector its interesting to change the word (had) to have and revisit the OP's question. The Sansui gear stays in active rotation, the others come out for exercise once in a while.
     
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  7. 911s55

    911s55 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Not really switching back just changing location and speaker pairing.

    Just this morning I pulled my AU-7700 out of the main with Klipsh Forte's and put in a Kenwood KA-8006 and the Sansui went to the 2nd with Smaller Advents or JBL 4301b's. I was a bit surprised at the difference in midrange between these two amps.

    Recently scored a 2000x that needs some TLC but pretty sweet sounding. I got rid of an Eight and a AU-717 a couple of years ago, a bit heavy handed on the bottom for me but I still dig Sansui's, just gotta find the right one's and match em up.

    These and a Tandberg 2040, Harmon Kardon 930, Yamaha CA-800, Kenwood KA-8100 and Scott 299C make for plenty of variety, but I still look for and at others.
     
  8. kevzep

    kevzep Its all about the Music Subscriber

    Yeah I'm actually looking forward to it to be honest, I have one here that has all the bugs, so I'll sort it out and get it running....
    I'll also do the Constant Current differential pair mod as well....thats next level stuff...
     
  9. chevelosm

    chevelosm Khosaku Kikuchi's Grandson

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    I had a 999 back in 2011 which I sold due to it sounded hollow with no headroom. When I sold it I was heart broken as I knew it had potential to sound so much better. When I'd seen the mods here on AK, I had to hear what this little bugger can do. It's one of my favorite looking Sansui's too.
    I'm so looking forward to hearing the difference once the mods are applied. Got all the parts to do the mods.
     
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  10. BLAH BLAH

    BLAH BLAH AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Looking forward to hearing other owners of 999's with Kevzep/Stereofun's mods give it their listening opinion...:lurk:
     
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  11. moefuzz

    moefuzz Active Member

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    I've had medium duty amps/receivers from Sony, Harmon Karbon and Pioneer while the main G9700 was under the weather.
    None of the interim stuff could stand up to my usual wattage in the cottage levels attainable with Sansui.
    All met an early death at the hand of maxim-moe (they were used when I found them).

    As far as listen-ability, nothing has come close to the sound of Sansui
    and even though I have several '97s, I am very impressed with the G7700s that see regular service
    both in the house and in the shop.
    I don't know what it is about the G7700 but it is very sweet sounding and it can easily punish the neighbors via dual voice coil 10" Rockford Fosgate Woofers in the car audio wedge enclosure I use in the shop.



    jmho,
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    Moe of the north
    (not that north)



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  12. stereofun

    stereofun Super Member

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    I used to dig Luxman - but that was more 80' ties stuff like L- 410 and especially the beefy class A L-550 (which would double as a heater on cold winter nights in Denmark ;-)

    Then I emmigrated to the U.S and money was tight.....so I went vintage, and picked up some nice Marantz before prices went haywire: 2285B, 2265, 2245, 2230 - I initially liked the sound of honey, but soon enough realized that I needed some beef too. Enter Sansui 4000.

    I still remember my awe after first rigging up this transistor dark age relic in it's brawny dusty wooden sleeve. Heavy, somewhat clumsy looking compared to the pretty Marantz. But once hooked up......well I live in an old six slinger town deep in the Arizona desert - and with that said - a new Sheriff just rode in.
     
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  13. Jon D

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    I grew up with my dad's 4000. That's what was in my bedroom when I was sixteen. Man I tortured that thing. When I first got my own home I had all home theater stuff. One day I picked up an old fisher someone couldn't even sell for 20 bucks at a garage sale. I got it free. Once I heard it I was done with the black face reciever. After owning a few classics, my favorite was my hk 730. I was always messing with my dad telling him it would smoke the 4000. One day I came home with the 4000 for the showdown. It was clearly more powerful than the 730. It also just had this sound. More robust and punchy. Something none of my other receivers had. Better build quality as well. These days, I am a sansui guy. Have an Eight Deluxe and an Eight. If I buy any more they will probably be sansui as well. Maybe make the move into tubes one day and get a 1000a.
     
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  14. Killer Fox

    Killer Fox AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I was looking for a Pioneer SX-1010 a couple months ago and contacted a guy with one but it had been sold. He offered me a nice looking AU-999. Turned out he is a great tech too. I did some research on it and had him recap and do the mods before it came to me. I've had it about a month now and I'm really enjoying it. It seems to just let the music flow.
     
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  15. freQ(*)Oddio

    freQ(*)Oddio AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    in all my years of listening and reading receiver threads, Sansui always seems to have a "wow" above and beyond expectation when switched into temporary, or permanent duty, I am lucky to have a pristine 9090db i purchased about 15 years ago, that comes out and impresses every single time , beyond expectation, big smile !:thumbsup:
     
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  16. moefuzz

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    Such Beautiful and Heartfelt Replies


    more please
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  17. Overundr1

    Overundr1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ok, I have a soft spot for the Pioneer sx-939, mine is fully restored and minty minty in the looks department. Ran that side by side against my Sansui 8080db, also fully rebuilt. Very similar sound between the two with ultra low listening due to the loudness contour nod going to the Pioneer. However, the Sansui tuner has far better sensitivity and tonal quality if you still are into fm (I am). Once you wind them up it seems the Pioneer starts to muddy up the detail while the Sansui just gets with the program. In the looks department they are both from the blue dial era and both have led upgrades, essentially a tie until you take a gander at those yellow power meters bopping along. Admittedly I went over the top with the 8080 with a custom flame maple bonnet. Either unit would please many listeners and make a fine audio centerpiece if you are into receivers. Both gals sit on the shop shelves these days though watching their bigger siblings strut their stuff (SX1980 and G9000) but thats a story for another day.
    Here they are from a couple of years ago keeping me company while I was restoring an SX-1980.

    sx9398080db.JPG
     
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  18. avionic

    avionic " Black Knights " Subscriber

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    I've worked on many Suiy's . But still go back to Yamaha.:thumbsup:
     
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  19. Overundr1

    Overundr1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Lol just looked at the original OP's sig line, egads, must be a Sansui shortage in Australia now, what a great collection you have sir :)
    Dave, bet those bridged B6's into NS1000's will hold their own against just about anything :beerchug:
     
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  20. KKnight

    KKnight Active Member

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    Now THAT'S a great looking wood cover (bonnet) on the 8080 Lee! Remember asking and talking to you about 'custom made wood enclosures' over the years but never heard anything about how and who.
     

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