Sansui G-2000

Sansui G-2000 Face Plate

 

The Sansui G-2000 was added to the Sansui receiver lineup around 1977 and retailed for about $240.00. It was advertised as a High Specification AM/FM Receiver at a Competitive Price. The 'G' series of receivers from Sansui are some of the most popular Sansui gear nowadays. The G-2000 is at the bottom of the line in terms of performance but is still built exceptionally well and looks great too.

 

Sansui G-2000 Knobs

 

The G-2000's features are limited with just Bass and Treble tone controls, a Loudness button as well as FM Muting, Mode, and Tape Monitor buttons.

 

Sansui G-2000 Meters

 

Sansui had an eye for symmetry and the front panel looks very balanced. The meter located just above the Volume and Tuning knobs add to the effect. The knobs also have a beveled edge that add a touch of class to its appearance.

 

Sansui G-2000 Lamps

 

16 watts per channel is all this little guy puts out but that's plenty for use in a garage or bedroom. Just be sure to pair it up with some reasonably efficient speakers.  Looks great lit up doesn't it?

 

Sansui G-2000 Parts

 

Sansui was known for their build quality even for the bottom end of their receiver lineup. It has push/pull output circuitry, a FET front end, and a PLL differential demodulator for FM. It weighs around 16 pounds.

 

Sansui G-2000 Inputs

As I mentioned earlier the 'G' Series from Sansui is very popular with collectors. However, given the G-2000's low power output and limited features it's the least coveted of the lineup. A nice, fully functional G-2000 will sell for around $175. Compare that to the G-9000 which sells for about $1700.

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Kenwood KR-2090

Kenwood KR-2090

 

BOTL, or bottom of the line, receiver sounds a bit harsh for this little Kenwood KR-2090. While it only produces 16 watts per channel it's not a bad performer. Introduced in 1978 it was an affordable option for budget conscious stereo buyers.

 

Kenwood KR-2090 Meter

 

It has the classic Kenwood styling of the late 1970's with silver face plate, large knobs and large, dark gray dial face.

 

Kenwood KR-2090 Knobs

 

The Kenwood KR-2090 featured:

  • Tape in/out
  • Phono input
  • Aux input
  • Loudness on/off
  • Selector switch for AM - FM auto muting, FM mono, phono, aux
  • Separate bass and treble and balance controls
  • Tuning meter

 

Kenwood KR-2090 Lamps

 

It's a Kenwood so of course its tuner is far above average. Kenwood's engineers incorporated a 3 gang tuner with a FET front end for high FM sensitivity.

At the time of production the KR-2090 had the lowest distortion of any receiver in its class and the quietest phono section as well.

Buyer's could also pay a little extra for the optional CB-11K walnut veneer cabinet, B-11 walnut veneer side panels, or D-5 carrying handles.

 

Kenwood KR-2090 Inputs

 

The KR-2090 isn't flawless. It does have a known problem with the power switch which many of that Kenwood line have (KR-2090, 3090, 4070, 5030, and 6030). However, it is fixable so isn't fatal if yours quits on you. Some cleaning and wiper replacement usually remedies the problem.

 

Kenwood KR-2090 Parts

 

The smaller receivers aren't nearly as popular as the larger more powerful receivers but they still have their place in the vintage audio realm. Many favor the smaller Kenwood stereos such as the KR-2090 because of their tuning prowess. You certainly can't beat the price. For about $100 or so you can get a really nice and fully functional KR-2090. That makes it a very attractive option for those new into the vintage audio scene.

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