Sansui 2000X

Sansui 2000X

This is the very highly thought of Sansui 2000X. When working properly there aren’t many receivers that sound as good as this one does within it’s price range. It was produced from around 1971 up until about 1975 and puts out about 35 watts per channel. Quite a few of these receivers were made so they aren’t exactly rare but the demand is high so they still command decent money on the auction market. A common refrain for this receiver is: Sounds bigger than it is!

Sansui 2000X Left

The features on the 2000X are fairly basic but are all you really need in a good receiver.  Here are it’s basic features:

  • signal meter
  • tape in/output
  • two phono inputs
  • aux input
  • loudness on/off
  • reverse
  • mono
  • muting on/off
  • MPX noise canceller on/off
  • low and high filters on/off
  • selector switch
  • separate bass and treble tone controls
Sansui 2000X Knobs

One of the most commonly asked questions about the 2000x is what is the difference between it and the 2000A and 2000? Well, not a whole lot actually. The Sansui 2000 came first and the 2000A and 2000X were slightly improved versions of that model. But, the 2000 really didn’t have any issues that required improvement. It’s a good solid receiver and rated at 30 watts per channel. The 2000A puts out 32 WPC and the 2000X 39 WPC. Not too big a difference.

Sansui 2000X Right

The 2000 has a different front panel layout with the push buttons in a different spot than the 2000A and 2000X. The 2000A and 2000X both have a MPX Noise Canceler button which the 2000 does not. There are also some minor circuit board modifications.

Design wise the 2000A and 2000x have full blackout across the face with a black tuning knob. Here is the 2000…

Sansui 2000

All of the 2000 models used somewhat lower quality capacitors which, if original, would probably be best replaced by now. Also, they are known for having some transistors that have gotten noisy with age. Specifically the 2sc458 transistors.

There are a number of modifications and upgrades that can be done on the 2000X. If you’re technically oriented you may want to check out Conrad Hoffman’s site where he details how and why to do the mods. Also, a good discussion on replacing the transistors is HERE (though it covers the 2000 the idea is the same).

Sansui 2000X Back Panel

The Sansui 2000X is a well regarded receiver. If you have it recapped, and some of the upgrades noted above done, then it will be a fantastic performer for you. If you’re going to upgrade it then look for a cheaper one that has great cosmetics since you’ll be paying more to have it serviced anyway.

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35 thoughts on “Sansui 2000X

  1. hi! I have 2000A and im very hapy with it!! But i noticed a small “hiss” at both channels.How can i fix this issue? Thanks!!

  2. Not sure but typically that can be fixed with some DeoxIT on the pots/buttons. Is easy to do. If its a cap issue, etc. that’s a bit more involved.

  3. Đơn giản, các kỹ sư Nhật khi đó đã mắc một sai lầm cơ bản, tôi đã phát hiện ra và khắc phục triệt để tiếng rít này. Hãy tìm đến C004, 1000Mf, 50V tìm ngược về gốc dây dương (+) tại F-1195 nối chân mày với mát máy (-), chỉ cần một tụ 2200mF 50 V. Mọi việc sẽ thành công.

    Simple, Japanese engineers then made a fundamental mistake, I have discovered and thoroughly overcome this hiss. Look to C004, 1000Mf, looking back to the original wire 50V positive (+) F-1195 in connection with the cool air-brow (-), just a gathering 2200mF 50 V. Everything will be successful.

  4. mình cũng đang sử dụng chiếc ampli sansui 2000x ,mình nghe hết 1 album là nó có tiếng sôi ở loa như tiếng radio ,cho mình hỏi lỗi đó là do cái gì .xin cảm ơn

  5. hello here frank i have the 3500 solid state reciever, never seen and there is not mutch to fined on the net, is this a good reciever i have been loking on the original sansui side but olso there nothing, is this a special one i like to here from you thanks

  6. This is really a rugged, reliable receiver. I stumbled across mine (quite literally, as it was sitting on the floor) in a thrift store. Asking price was $5.00 US. I figured for a fiver, I could see if it would even power up. Short story, it has worked great for over 3 years now.

    I just recently replaced the 458s on the tone board and amp. It’s still running the original caps, but I am hearing signs that they’ll need to be replaced soon. Still, not bad for a 48 year old receiver.

  7. I still have my 2000x bought new in 1974. It will still blow the windows out of the house… back in the day, I was told by a tech it had 77 watts RMS per….Over the last 46 years it has destroyed 5 pairs of speakers including big Cerwin Vegas, blasting everything from Led Zep thru the 1812 Overture! Bought another (off ebay) ten years ago and it serves duty downstairs, and as an amp for dance parties neither one has been serviced or altered, Highly recommended.

    1. First step would be to clean the potentiometer with electrical contact cleaner. It’s probably just dirty. We use DeOxit. Will require removing case. There are tutorials online on YouTube and That will probably fix the issue. I’ve solved scratchy or staticy controls many times with DeOxit.

  8. I have a 2000x that I got in Korea out the PX on post. It has been a kick ass the Tuner does not work anymore can that be fixed?

    1. If the tuner died, more than likely a transistor. There are a couple 2sc458’s on there that when they go, you could lose function. Yes it can be fixed, replace faulty components and align. Find a trustworthy audio repair shop.

  9. I have a Sansui 2000x purchased in Germany in 1972. I haven’t used it for many years, but–unlike the TEAC A-450 and the Garrard Zero-100 turntable bought at the same time–I’ve kept it; just unable to toss it. I’m sure it would benefit from cap replacement and a good cleaning, but is otherwise presentable. I believe I have the original box and manual; schematic too, I think. Essentially, it’s looking for a good home. If someone were willing to pay the shipping from Northern Virginia, I would be happy to help give it a new life somewhere.

    1. Henry
      I would really appreciate the opportunity to own your Sansui 2000x. How can we put the delivery together?

      1. Hello, Chip —

        Where are you located? I’ll use the information to determine the shipping charges. You’re welcome to specify method, of course–whatever is the best option for you in terms of cost and convenience. If you’d like, I can send photos as “proof of life,” as it were.

        — Henry

        1. Hello Henry did you end up shipping your Sansui after all? If not I’m interested I’m out west in California.

          1. No, still here and available. I was not able to locate the box (a veteran of several ocean voyages but possibly a victim of a rare garage cleaning), but do have manuals and schematic. Happy to discuss shipping details at your convenience. In the absence of the original box (likely no longer ship-worthy anyway), I would obtain help from, say, UPS to box it properly.

            — Henry

        2. Hello, Henry. Probably a long shot here, but was going through this post and definitely interested to put a new roof over its head if you still have it. Thanks and take care.

      1. I have one, in exceptional shape. how much you willing to pay ? Also have the original speakers that came with it.

    2. Would absolutely love to give it a home in Englewood, FL if she is still available! My ‘Nam PX-purchased Kenwood TK 140X finally gave up the ghost. AR turntable and 3AX speakers still running strong however.

  10. @ Henry Collins- would be honored to inherit your 2000x and would pay for FedEx to pack it for you. If this sounds of interest then text or call me in MN at two16 five70 seven173. Phil

  11. The “left” side speaker (A, B, or both) can hardly be heard. I know it isn’t the speakers because I reversed the wires. The “right” side is as strong as the day I bought it in 1972. What part do I need to change? Is this a job for a layman and can I buy the part on line? Thank you. Phil (AZ)

  12. Open the case and clean all switches and pots with deoxit D5. See YouTube videos on how to do this. It fixes alot of issues.

  13. I opened the case, blew out the dust and sprayed the Deoxit D5. No change. Must be another issue. Thanks Bill for the reply.
    Phil (AZ)

  14. i have a 2000x, i picked up at garage sale… nice physical condition and cleaned up nice, all switches and pots thoroughly cleaned with deoxit. unfortunately it has a constant hum, that doesn’t seem to be affected by the volume, but very noticeable. other than that, the two channels produce good sound with plenty of punch, the bass / treble / volume / balance all good. i think it has all original caps, and suspect a recap will remedy hum… anyone have any thoughts on this.

  15. Dear Bro.
    I have the sansui 2000x and saw that the sound wasn’t okay so i checked the speaker wires. Just that, when it shook a little i heard a noise ‘gbrrrrr’
    and the sound stopped with only the right channel speaker side working with a very very low sound.
    I was told by a friend that it is the transistors ‘Sanken 25D202’ which has gone bad.
    Pls. Is that also reffersd too as butterfly transistor?
    I am in Ghana and what can hou do to help me? I like the system very much and needs your directives.
    Best Regards
    Daniel Wiredu

  16. I have a 2000X that I inherited from a friend who was moving. Question – the backlight for the tuner dial only seems to stay on for the tuner functions (AM/FM Mono/FM Auto) and goes out when you switch it to any other input source. Is this normal? It seems logical, but what a bummer that the dial doesn’t stay illuminated any time the power is on! It’s a great cosmetic look and I never use the radio tuner.

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