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Just thought I'd start a new post - topic talking about Sansui Hi-Fi gear. Show off your gear, add photos of what you have or are wanting or even dreaming of owning!!!

 

Sansui 1000A tube receiver.

 

 

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Here are some pics of The Fez's LOVELY AU-20000 which is here for the full dayspa treatment (but we're not going as far as a triple-bypass, boob-lift, tummy-tuck etc as this amp is in such great nick

I forgot how good a full-house AU-999 can sound! This one has all of the cream - the latest and greatest tweaks, including Mundorf input caps and the bigger 10,000uf Nichicon Super Through filter caps

Okey dokey... @@The Fez 's AU-20000 pictured earlier has been serviced and is now singing beautifully!   A few controls were crackly and the connected/separated switch had the typical corrosion and

2x resistor?

 

Edit: Sansui used these resistors in the early SS amps also, like the AU-777. At the very least in that amp also.

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I have an AU-101 and a AU-317....Neither are actually connected right now :sorry: . But plans are being formulated while the moneys are being saved :)

Both bought from very nice SNA members too. No pics right now, I'll try and add some soon.

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Random pic - QRX-777.....

 

Sansui QRX 777 Quadrophonic Receiver

1975
Rare european QRX-7001 version with black aplications on the front panel. This QRX is a complete allsource 4-channel receiver of extremely high performance standards. All decoders are on board. The giant power supply and the dimension wide of 540mm results in a weight of nearly 25kg.
35 watt per channel x4
60 watt per channel x2

 

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I have some too but they're about to be flogged off to make some room and hopefully a little bit of moolah for an upgrade.

 

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Does anybody know if the Sansui tube receivers (1000 - 1000A) mains came out multi voltage?? or just 117V?

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@@skippy124 probably has all Australian stock on his Bunnings shelving :lol:

 

I reckon. Lucky Skippy's local Bunnings didn't request a stock transfer from my local Bunnings :P

 

I managed to get one rack last weekend. Worth every cent. My wife even said that looks so much better, more organised, easier access. She then said what will you do with the remaining empty shelving  :rolleyes:  mmmmmm we'll they'll need to be filled then sweetheart :lol:

 

I showed her @skippys - pete multi shelving setups and she said NO WAY :( one is enough

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I have some too but they're about to be flogged off to make some room and hopefully a little bit of moolah for an upgrade.

 

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Good luck with the sale luc.

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When I removed the cover I cant believe myself.

Quality of build is beyond belive. Every component is separated by copper shielding.

Even the screws everywhere is copper. It definatly was a statement for Sansui.

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In keeping with the OP, this is one of my favorites. This was my first Sansui (well actually my first one was a AU-4400 when I was sixteen....)

 

Sansui 5500 receiver - manufactured May 1973 - 3 tape loops, 4CH & NR loops, connections for 4 sets of speakers. Rated at 60w per channel, tested at 72. Power transformer the size of a canned ham. A fairly rare unit. 

 

 

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Not enough input/output options ...

 

 Yeah - got a few. A while back I was looking at vintage receivers, and started thinking about all the switches and knobs on them.  I researched a bit, and from memory I think the monster Technics receiver SA-1000 won the most "knobs" award with 28 different options!

 

Anyway >>> On Sansui I had a really clean AU-4900 at one time. Nice little amp..

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Am I the only one that would love to see/hear/own a modern reproduction of some of these Sansui classic designs ?

I imagine them to be schematically identical, but made in a modern fashion with modern manufacturing techniques.

Or is this slandering talk and I'm about to see a warning from admins about this traitorous actions ?

I'd love to know what others think of the idea positive or negative. :)

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Am I the only one that would love to see/hear/own a modern reproduction of some of these Sansui classic designs ?

I imagine them to be schematically identical, but made in a modern fashion with modern manufacturing techniques.

Or is this slandering talk and I'm about to see a warning from admins about this traitorous actions ?

I'd love to know what others think of the idea positive or negative. :)

Its a hard one but I think it can be more of a negative as i love all my gear from the 70's for that reason, for its time line, that classic sound. It would be very interesting to hear a new reproduction of a classic.

 

I'd like to see Sansui to be what they used to be though, making top hifi gear non mass produced.

 

The one that i can think of is the AU-111.

(Original 1965 - Reproduction 1999)

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Here are some pics of The Fez's LOVELY AU-20000 which is here for the full dayspa treatment (but we're not going as far as a triple-bypass, boob-lift, tummy-tuck etc as this amp is in such great nick as-is).

 

170WPC of Sansui's finest crammed into a beautiful example of 1970's industrial design, prior to the backside falling out of the yen.

 

I honestly never thought I'd see, smell, touch, kiss and fondle an AU-20000 in the flesh, so thanks to The Fez for helping to tick another box on my Sansui bucket list :)

 

Later this week... post-service and health-check... comes LISTENING TIME. :love  This will be VERY interesting indeed, as I have one of skippy124's BA/CA-F1 pre-power combos here at present, along with my beloved AU-X701. Three different generations which represent the evolution of Sansui circuit design - 'Definition' series, DD-DC series, and X-balanced/Alpha series. 

 

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Am I the only one that would love to see/hear/own a modern reproduction of some of these Sansui classic designs ?

I imagine them to be schematically identical, but made in a modern fashion with modern manufacturing techniques.

Or is this slandering talk and I'm about to see a warning from admins about this traitorous actions ?

I'd love to know what others think of the idea positive or negative. :)

 

I've often thought about making one. The problem is that you will never recreate that exact sound because the Sanken transistors are out of production, and have no exact substitutes. The Sansui power transformers contribute heavily to the sound.

 

A modern version would in my opinion sound more detailed than the originals, but will lose some of that classic sound. I think it would be a very interesting project. The QRX-2000 output stage is very similar to the JLH Class A 10 Watt amp, and has a similar character to the sound, but a little less detail. Circuits have no copyright, but the PCB and chassis design have copyright.

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I've often thought about making one. The problem is that you will never recreate that exact sound because the Sanken transistors are out of production, and have no exact substitutes. The Sansui power transformers contribute heavily to the sound.

 

A modern version would in my opinion sound more detailed than the originals, but will lose some of that classic sound. I think it would be a very interesting project. The QRX-2000 output stage is very similar to the JLH Class A 10 Watt amp, and has a similar character to the sound, but a little less detail. Circuits have no copyright, but the PCB and chassis design have copyright.

You could do it better with the tube designs, as modern equivalents of the transformers are available from http://www.tube-amps.net/Hashimoto_Products.htm

 

Edit: can never be reproduced exactly but it would be closer I think.

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Hashimoto and Sansui were intimately entwined in the early days, and there is still some of the Sansui DNA present in Hashimoto today.

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Hashimoto and Sansui were intimately entwined in the early days, and there is still some of the Sansui DNA present in Hashimoto today.

Sansui started out with transformers early on, Hashimoto came from core designers from Sansui, or have i interpreted it all incorrectly?

 

I did read of a comparison they did with the original AU-111 OPTs and the modern equivalents, and if I recall correctly the new ones have the same Sansui sound signature and the only difference is the new ones are a little more extended at the frequency extremes.

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You can pay for the transformers. I'll pay for the valves

If I pay for those transformers, they go into my existing amp :P

 

But seriously, if i had an income that could work it I would jump on board with that... but would want you to get some very nice NOS valves to even things out :)

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