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Item:higher end Sansui amp - Alpha Range, 717 - anything around 80w
Price Range: $600 but depends
Item Condition: New or Used
Just looking to upgrade the AU-217 to something more high end.
Alpha range / DR
Bigger AU series (517, 717, 999)
Late 70's / Early 80's. Not interested in the valve sound (101 style) or 90's onwards.
Prefer Melbourne, but consider interstate / postage.
Price is flexible, particularly downwards
Thanks - found 'as-new' Sansui 417 for the right price. Now have a decent 30 y/o amp to power my decent 30 y/o speakers.
I can't afford equipment in this era yet ...
I've had a Sansui 1000X receiver for a year or so and it has a long standing "white noise/hiss" problem in one channel, this occurs all the time even when the volume is turned right down.
I recently linked the Sansui 1000X pre-amp out into the main in of another amp and it sounded great - no hiss whatsoever.
I am now thinking of repairing the amp, I assume a re-cap of the main amp board(s) rather than pre amp is in order but I was just wondering if there could be another cause. I don't know much but read somewhere that the output transistors could also be a problem.
Would anyone out there have an informed opinion on this.
Hi fellow SNAers,
I'm looking to setup a vintage Sansui system to go with my pair of Ditton 25 or DM602 speakers, I'm also hooking it up to a JVC DD turntable.
I'm looking for something from around 80watts/channel at 8ohms and up.
The following integrated amps have sort of caught my eyes before:
I'm also interested in acquiring a matching Tuner to go with the amp/system.
If you have any of the above items and are genuinely looking to sell please send me a PM with asking price and details.
I'm happy to negotiate a price that is in line with the item's condition.
If you are unsure about selling your item please refrain from contacting me.
Thanks in advance.
I've just finished a restoration of a lovely, near mint example of a Sansui AU-888 which is quite a rare amp indeed!
The AU-888 is a slight revision of the AU-999 with some minor circuit tweaks here and there, a new front faceplate design and 5WPC less than the AU-999.
One important point of difference between the 888 and 999 is that the chassis of the 888 doesn't have the large hole beneath the filter capacitors which enables the installation of my favourite Nichicon Super Through filter caps. Unfortunately we've had to retain original-spec caps here (albeit a very clean set out of a MINT AU-999 which are in fantastic condition). The original caps were bypassed with small 1.5uf polypropylene caps.
This particular example had a fault in one channel which was rectified by the Sansui Grand Poobah (skippy124) and I then set out the restoration path.
I didn't get too many 'before' pics, but the amp was as you'd expect with a layer of dust and crud inside:
And some after pics. In addition to the usual suspects (Nichicon HE, Panasonic FC/FM/FR, Elna Silmic II and Nichcon ES bipolar) I used some Nichicon KL and Kemet low-noise/low-leakage caps in certain signal path locations. The amp certainly sounds great afterwards! All of the notorious 'flying saucer' transistors were replaced with modern equivalents.
The original power cable has started to deteriorate, with the copper oxidising and the plastic dielectric oozing some kind of liquid. A replacement AUS cable and heavy duty cable gland was fitted.
Bias adjustment time!
Time for final assembly, cleaning and detailing. The front face was unmarked but a bit grotty, so it was thoroughly cleaned. Each knob was removed, detailed and refitted. The timber veneer cover was treated with Gilly Stephenson's timber product. The result is superb - it's a lovely looking bit of kit and in magnificent condition - as good as any Sansui I've ever worked on or seen.
Who doesn't like polished output transistors?
One really important detail on an amp in this kind of cosmetic condition is the metal plate over the voltage adjustment cover. It has a plastic protective layer installed in the factory, and it discolours, stretches and looks plain nasty over time. Once this is removed and all sticky goo cleaned off carefully, it looks a million bucks and is in keeping with the overall condition of the amp.
Sooooo... how does it sound? Well, without having a restored AU-999 here to compare it to, I'm going by memory only. That said, I think it sounds fantastic and would be very, very hard to pick any difference between this and the AU-999. If anything, the 888 may juuuuuust nudge ahead...
Sansui AU-222: Crackling Right Channel
I was interested in listening to an old Sansui amplifier â€“ so purchased an AU-222 from a popular auction site.
I set it up in my study â€“ and the sound was, until the weekend, smooth, warm and elegant. Loved it.
Then the trouble started.
The right channel is popping and crackling.
Changed speakerâ€“ no improvement.
Changed speaker cable â€“ no improvement.
Cleaned all the pots this arvo â€“ and crossed my fingers â€“ but no improvement.
Unfortunately that right channel is still crackling away as I write.
The noise is unaffected by changing the volume level â€“ so itâ€™s just as crackly at no volume â€“ and high volume.
Same deal with balance â€“ send it all to the left channel â€“ and the grumpy right channel keeps on crackling/popping.
I am mourning the loss of my baby Sansui, so I thought I would post here in the hope that someone may have another solution a novice could attempt?