Sansui 7070

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If you were a Sansui fan back in the golden era of audio you would dream of having the 9090DB which, at the time, was the flagship of Sansui’s lineup. However, if you were on a budget then you might have had to settle for the middle of the lineup which would have been this receiver – the Sansui 7070. While the 9090DB powered out a hefty 125 watts per channel the 7070 put out a respectable 60 watts per channel.

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Ahead of the Sansui 7070 were the above mentioned 9090DB, the 9090 and the 8080. Below it were the 6060 and 5050. It features a simulated walnut grain veneer, two output meters and two tuning meters. It also has triple tone controls. It does not have Dolby circuitry like its bigger brothers the 9090DB and 8080DB though it does have a Dolby / 4ch adapter on the back panel. It has inputs for Phono MM I+II, Tape I+II, AUX and Mic.

Sansui 7070 Receiver

The 7070 was produced from late 1976 until 1979 and sold for over $500.00 when first released. It was a very popular unit for Sansui.

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The 7070 weighs in at just over 36 pounds and is 19.76 x 6.14 x 14.60 inches. The 7070 is a well built receiver and in addition to being fairly easy to work on parts are easy to find as well.

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There are a few drawbacks to the 7070. Its case is press board with glued on vinyl cover and this tends to crack, flake, and peel over time. It’s also known for some cold solder joints which can cause the lights to intermittently go on and off. Most of these problems can be easily fixed however.

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The lamps in 7070 are listed in the service manual as:

0400200 Dial Pointer Lamp   6.3V   75mA

0420040 Lamp  7V  320mA

0400450 Stereo Indicator Lamp  7V  100mV

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Sansui receivers are, of course, very popular with collectors today. The 9090DB is one of the most sought after receivers around. Those not looking for a monster receiver can find a unit such as the 7070 or 6060 to be very desirable. In very good working condition they will sell for around $300.00. Even a parts unit can sell for $100. Still, $300 for a working stereo is a good value given the features the 7070 has.

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22 thoughts on “Sansui 7070

  1. I have two reconditioned 7070’s that I bought from eBay in 2003. Each was about $150. Fantastic amps… been using them constantly since I got them. One drives a set of 6.5″ bookshelf speakers and the other a set of dual 6″ towers. Big, clean power with lots of headroom… AM tuner could be better though, but that’s me…

  2. I have a 7070 it lights up but will play for 10 seconds then stop but stays powered up.anyone know what it could be.or I will sell for what it is.

  3. I have had the Sansui 7070 for forty years. It has travelled with me through my journey of life . I purchased it when I was 19 and lived in a studio apartment. It played in my next (larger) apartment, my next 2 homes, and finally it is now playing in the living room of my 2650 sq. foot home. It sounded sweet in my little studio apartment, and it commands respect in my present home. In other words, it was quiet enough when I lived in a small apartment, and it fills my present two story home with sound that spills into my front yard and intersecting streets. The sound is as amazing now as ever, perhaps better. It only required service once!

  4. I have a Vintage Sansui Stereo including a Sansui 7070 receiver, Sansui SR 1050C manual belt drive turntable W/Shure Cartridge and stylus, a pair of Sansui 5500 Speakers and a pair of Sansui 7500 Speakers…
    I first heard Sansui in a stereo that my cousin brought back from his deployment overseas during Vietnam…I was determined to get one for myself..,I love it and it sounds spectacular!

  5. My wife just bought me a Sansui 7070 swear it’s brand new has box original paperwork does not appear to even be slightly used $465 she found it on a site and happen to be going to see her parents and the girl had it right down the road I am impressed I have a 7070 already little beat up but just recently serviced that I will be selling but my money short of a 90 90 or 80 80 this is the best unit available today

  6. I have a 7070 I need to sell, downsizing. It works well and have the manuals and a pair of
    Quadraflex ST-17 speakers. I purchased them at Pacific Stereo in Berkeley, Ca in 1978.

  7. Hola soy Danilo y vivo en Santiago de Chile, quisiera comprar un receiver Sansui 8080 db, alguien tiene algún dato o interés en vender uno? Gracias!

  8. I have a sansui 7070 that I have had since 1979 and it is new still in the box . I played it for 3 months and lighting struck near my house and my sansui has no sound and I just put it in the closet and just dug it out yesterday it is in new shape but has no sound can anybody help me please

    1. Did you ever get this resolved?

      First thing I would do is check all of the fuses.
      Then plug in a pair of headphones and see if you get sound.

  9. Hello I have a working Sansui 7070 which I bought in 1979 as a teenager. It works. One light in the blue radio bar has gone out and has been out for 20 years. If anyone is interested please reply. Thanks.

    1. is it still for sale? how much would you want for it?
      My son may be able to fix it.
      Thanks,
      Yvonne

          1. Hi Yvonne,
            I don’t get notification emails from this site either so I check back periodically. I’m located in La Grange IL. You can email me at artkr@yahoo.com. Thanks.

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