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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Sansui QRX-7500

Sansui QRX-7500 Front

 

In the early to mid 1970's Quadraphonic sound was just coming to the forefront. Sansui was one of the leaders of the 4-channel movement with their QR line of quadraphonic receivers. Around 1974-1975 they introduced the QRX line which included this beauty, the Sansui QRX-7500. The QRX-7500 was the top of the line at the time in terms of power output at about 30 watts per channel (4 channels into four 8 ohm speakers).

 

Sansui QRX-7500 Meter

 

The receiver features a built in CD-4 album decoder, SQ decoder (phase matrix), QS decoder (regular matrix), two phono inputs, and outputs for two sets of four speakers.

 

Sansui QRX-7500 Knob

 

What's the difference between the QRX-7500 and QRX7500A? Well, it all has to do with the decoding.

The QRX-7500A was a "hybrid" unit as Sansui moved from the discrete component vario-matrix decoder circuits to their custom Vario-matrix IC's that were used in the QRX-7001/8001/9001. There were two distinct ICs. The 'decoder' IC and the 'control' IC which enhanced the separation and decoding ability. The QRX-7500A has the decoder IC but not the control IC. The later receivers had both.

In all there are three variations of decoders built into the Sansui QR/QRX series over their entire production period. The QRX-7500 utilizes the basic QS decoder as originally designed. It's sometimes called an "RM" or regular matrix decoder. The basic decoder is capable of 3-12db of inter-channel separation. The QR series receivers, the QRX-4500, QRX-5500 and QRX-6500 also have this early decoder design.

 

Sansui QRX-7500 Lamps

 

With the QRX-7500A Sansui introduced the partially developed vario-matrix decoder circuit containing two of the three custom ICs required for full Vario-Matrix decoding. The circuit performs similarly to the 'basic' decoder mentioned above because the missing 'control' IC is the biggest factor in increasing inter-channel separation and this design doesn't have it. This decoder is capable of 3-12db of inter-channel separation. So, the QRX-7500A has the newer IC designed circuit but lacks the full Vario-Matrix capability of the later design. The Sansui QRX-5500A and QRX-5001 have the same design.

The fully developed Vario-Matrix Type A design with all three IC's was used in the QRX-6001, QRX-7001, QRX-8001, QRX-9001, QRX-777 and QRX-999. The QSD-1/2/1000 decoders also have the Type A decoder. The Vario-Matrix Type A decoder was limited by design by Sansui to 20db of inter-channel separation, though, in theory, Sansui claims that it is capable of infinite inter-channel separation.

 

Sansui QRX-7500 Inside

 

The slightly later QRX-7001 is the improved version of the QRX-7500 with the better decoder circuit as well as a beefier amp section. The QRX-7001 produced 35 watts per channel in Quad mode.

 

Sansui QRX-7500 Back

 

The Sansui QRX-7500 is a great quad receiver. It has its limitations given the early decoder design and some issues with solder joints on the circuit boards but overall it is a good performing unit. The QRX-7500A may be a better choice since it has the IC decoder design but if you really want a great decoder then you'll want the QRX-7001, QRX-8001 or QRX-9001. Expect to pay a premium for those however. Any of these units would most likely need a restoration and perhaps some modification which isn't cheap. Once done you would have an exceptional performing receiver though. For a full restoration check out QRXRestore.

QRX-7500's sell for around $300+ while the A version sells for around $400+. The QRX-7001 is around $500 and the QRX-9001 around $800-$1000.

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