That. Sansui 800

Discussion in 'Exclusively Sansui' started by birchoak, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. birchoak

    birchoak Hi-Fi Nut Subscriber

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    I had heard bits and pieces about this smallish receiver and finally bought one some years ago. Today I dusted it off and hooked it up to some bi-wired Paradigm towers in my basement as I was conducting some listening tests (very scientific, I assure you) of different amps and receivers. A Yamaha A-760 integrated amp sounded very good, with lots of good bass; a Denon receiver someone gave me (missing volume knob) surprised me, sounding as good as the A-760 (but without the cryptic switches and silver-faced Yamaha mystique), and a recently purchased Harman Kardon A300 tube amp presented itself beautifully, perhaps the most balanced of the bunch. Then, because I was thinking of selling it, I hooked up the 800.

    Wow. Same speakers, same listening space/position, same day, same sun position (ok I'm being silly now) and better bass than all of the above units. The best way I can describe the Sansui's sound is that I heard more information at the lower frequencies; its lower end simply had more authority than the other amplifiers. Madonna's Hung Up is a workout for any amplifier, as is Fat Boy Slim's That Old Pair of Jeans, but the 800 delivered the goods, up to a point. It did run out of steam much sooner than the others, more likely due to its age and questionable state of the filter capacitors than its lower power rating, methinks.

    So, I am not selling it and just ordered a bunch of capacitors. It is such a sleeper! Everyone wants the Eight or the 9090DB or one of the G-Series monsters, and that's just great for people like me. Bring me the underdog; I'll feed him! I'm guessing the 800 flies under the radar because it doesn't look particularly threatening and appears to be a low powered budget model. But it ain't! Holy cow does it put out sound! A wall of sound! You look inside it and think to yourself, what is in here that is making all that sound?

    Chime in with your Sansui 800 impressions! Am I mental? Deluded? Probably, but I think I'm right about the 800.
     
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  2. Pioneer Vir

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    I have one that I use with Infinity Qb speakers. One of my favorites to listen too. I think it's an absolutely great receiver.
     
  3. ChicagoTom

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    Owned it. Loved it. Sold it for some goddam silly reason.

    Bought it again, this time in mint condition and in a lovely wood case.

    I've bought and sold several dozen receivers (mostly 15-30 wpc) over the past 5 years, and the Sansui 800 is right at or very near the top of my list. Take a look at Pat Font's thread on the Sansui 505. The late, great Jim of QRX Restore told me that the 800 is pretty much a 505 with a tuner!

    Only one thing I don't like about the 800, and that is the lovely green tuning dial only glows when listening to the radio, which I pretty much never do. I want to see that beautiful dial ALWAYS. I'm pretty sure my tech can rewire it accordingly. I'll do that someday.
     
  4. desertlizard

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    I've only heard good things and seems they can still be had cheap.
    I do think any of the single digit receivers are amazing, 800 I need to try.
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  5. birchoak

    birchoak Hi-Fi Nut Subscriber

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    I agree on the dial not lighting up--there's got to be a fairly easy way to supply power to it so it's on all the time.
     
  6. mroboto

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    If I remember corectly, it uses type #47 bulbs for tuner display, you will wish to convert to LED if you find a way to keep them lighted all the time.

    This tuner amplifier have really good bass indeed, with great sensitivity speakers, I used it in the past with Wharfedale 12" bass drivers , 8" mids and dome tweeter and was sounding excellent, hard to beat.

    Not so excellent with the cheapest smallish Radio Shack speakers I had at a moment, too low sensitivity for his 22 watts.

    The only pain for me with this 800 , is the bias adjustment is not very easy to understand with manual and schematic when you are not very acquainted with electronics, that's one of the the resaons why I screwed it up when I was younger.

    Still have it but not in working condition for years, I still keep it hoping someday I will repair or have it repaired and restored.
     

     

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