Sansui Six

The Sansui Six Am/FM stereo receiver was produced from 1972 to around 1974. It retailed for $399.99. It was the smallest of Sansui’s single digit receivers and produced 34 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It also produced a very impressive 0.3% harmonic distortion.

The Sansui Seven, Eight and Eight Deluxe had more power and more features than the Six but the Six is a very well built receiver with plenty of power for a small room. It has an attractive wood case and aluminum face plate. The 4-gang FM tuner is very good.

One drawback to the Sansui Six receiver are the labels on the buttons. The glue holding them on tends to dry out over the years and they fall off. However, there are replacements that can be found on eBay.

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The Sansui Six has a number of features that aren’t often found in small receivers. Dual phono inputs are one. Pre out/main in jacks, engraved writing on the face plate and indented tone controls are some others. And, as I mentioned above it has a real wood case. It also has provisions for a noise reduction adapter (Dolby) and a 4-channel adapter as well.

The Six was made in Japan and is all hand soldered. The amp boards and EQ board are socketed which makes it much easier to work on. The tone controls use selectors with fixed resistors as opposed to potentiometers which is another advantage.

The general consensus is that the Sansui Six has a detailed and refined sound that is both musical and punchy. The bass is not deep but is very fast and defined. A three-stage direct-coupled low-noise equalizer and a completely direct-coupled OCL pure complementary power amplifier help in this regard.

Overall, the Sansui Six is a great receiver for a smaller room. It is reasonably priced as well at around $300 to $400 for a nice working unit.

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Pioneer SX-880

The Pioneer SX-xx80 series came after the SX-xx50. This Pioneer SX-880 is a classic example of that generation of Pioneer receivers and was the last of the 800 series. It premiered around 1978 and retailed for about $425 at the time.

The main aesthetic difference between the two series are the dark faced meters with white lettering. This change was made to improve visibility. The SX-880 produces 60 watts per channel with total harmonic distortion at 0.05%. It can handle a speaker impedance of 4 Ohms.

The tuning section utilizes a 3 gang variable capacitor tuner. Other features include:

  • Bass and Treble tone controls with tone defeat.
  • Low cut filter which cuts out ultra low frequency noise below 15Hz (like low pitch rumble from a turntable)
  • Independent left and right power meters
  • FM Muting
  • Stereo and Mono modes
  • Two tape in/outputs
  • One phono input
  • One Aux input
  • Duplicate switch
  • Loudness switch

The general consensus is that the xx80 series does not have quite the same quality build as the xx50 series did. As an example the Pioneer SX-850, which the SX-880 replaced, weighed 42 pounds (19.1 Kg) while the SX-880 weighs in at just 27 pounds (12.2 Kg). The SX-880’s dimensions are 19″ x 12.75″ x 5.5″.

Another issue with the SX-880 is that Pioneer used a number of IC’s in the design. Many of these IC’s are not easily found today so when one goes bad it can be difficult to replace.

While the Pioneer SX-880 has a few weaknesses it is still a very nice receiver with classic vintage styling and plenty of features. The 60 WPC is enough to fill most any room with sound. The SX-880 is also cheaper to buy than the SX-850. The SX-850 sells for around $500-$1000 while the SX-880 comes in at around $300-$600.

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