Sansui 9090DB

Sansui 9090DB

The Sansui 9090DB is a beautiful receiver. It hit the market around 1975 and had an MSRP of over $900.00. It features 125 watts per channel into 8 ohms and has a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz.

  • Speakers: A, B, C, A+B, A+C
  • Bass: 300Hz, Defeat, 150Hz
  • Treble: 1.5kHz, Defeat, 3kHz
  • Dolby Function: Dolby FM, Play, Off, Rec 1, Rec 2
  • Loudness: On/Off
  • Mode: Stereo/Mono
  • Tape Play: Deck 2/Copy 1-2, Deck 1/Copy 1-2, Deck 1, Source, Deck 2, Deck 2/Copy 2-1, Deck 1/Copy 2-1
  • Tape Monitor 1
  • Tape Monitor 2
  • Rec Cal Tone: On/Off
  • Meter: Power Level/Dolby Level
  • Selector: Phono 1, Phono 2, FM Auto, AM, Aux
  • AC Outlet Unswitched
  • AC Outlet Switched
  • Antenna Inputs: FM 75 ohm, FM 300 ohm, AM
  • AM Ferrite Bar Antenna
  • Pre-Out 1 (L, R)
  • Pre-Out 2 (L, R)
  • Main-In (L, R)
  • Phono 1 (L, R)
  • Phono 2 (L, R)
  • Aux (L, R)
  • Tape 1 Rec (L, R)
  • Tape 1 Play (L, R)
  • Tape 2 Rec (L, R)
  • Tape 2 Play (L, R)
  • Tape 2 Rec/Play (DIN)
  • Speaker System A (L, R)
  • Speaker System B (L, R)
  • Speaker System C (L, R)

The Sansui 9090DB is one of the more highly sought after classic receivers. They sell for $1700 to $3000 depending upon condition.

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25 thoughts on “Sansui 9090DB

  1. Just got one and it is a beautiful best One of the top receivers and the sound is very clear. The FM tuner pulls in stations like no other. It does not require an aux antenna. I have Pioneer, Kenwood and Sansui tuners and they all require an antenna.

  2. My dad purchased his new 9090DB in 1978. I now own it, and love the sound – especially when playing LP’s. It is away right now getting some much needed service – the first it has seen. I have a cheap replacement receiver in its place and it just makes me miss the sound that much more. I am already looking for another one for the upstairs computer room.

    1. My Dad purchased his at the same time. I was moving my mom and it got left behind. I’m still sick to my stomach about this.

  3. I rebuild stereo gear in Pueblo, CO. 719-367-1879. I just serviced a 9090db and am ready and capable to another.

  4. Hello to all from germany,

    my name is david, i live in berlin; i’m an owner of the sansui 9090db too, but my volume-pot is totally damaged. So, i’m searching hardly for a replacement.
    Can anyone help me?

    That would be perfect and would make my live great again, because i have no substitute for this great sounding receiver….

    Many greetings from berlin,


  5. Japanese equipment of this vintage were often far superior to American gear – because they had to be to get noticed. Many dealers were threatened if they carried “chink” equipment, and it took critical acclaim to change public opinion.

  6. Sansui perfected the fine art of very tight speaker control,its easy to shove power out and move a speaker cone but its hard to stop it quickly and control all its movements.The DB9090 does this very well and my G9000 and G10000 does it even better. I have never heard a better receiver than the Sansui,its got it all!

  7. My mom and step-dad say they don’t know what happened to the Sansui db9090 I had been storing with them in their garage. They’re the seers of all knowledge but yet tossed away something so coveted today and worth more than their 2nd hand junk they think are antiques. Lol.

  8. This fine receiver came out at least by 1970. I bought this, the SP-5000 speakers and Teac A6010 reel to reel. The 9090DB i probably paid $200-300. Don’t know how i did it given my pay as a SP4 in the Army (Viet Nam) was not much. I still have the 9090 and teac. Speakers were stolen.
    The beauty of the 9090db is the tape monitor button that let’s me use my bose 901s. Current receivers do not have that function because nobody records cassettes anymore so listening from the play heads while recording isn’t done.
    Just thought I’d mention the date to set the record straight, not a criticism. I was 21yo at the time.

    1. This is going to be a long shot but here goes.
      Your story is so interesting to me, you see my father who has just recently passed away, also has the same sansui stero system. My siblings wanted to give it to goodwill but I knew how much my dad loved it. I can remember as a little girl, my dad would put a record on and put those big black ear speckers things on my ears, they would cover my whole face. Anyways I managed to get it all. It’s crazy everything that I have, there is a microphone, receiver, speckers, ear sound cuffs, (not sure what to call them) lots of wires, record player, a reel to reel thing, and a box filled with what looks like music he may have typed, it’s on like a movie projector wheel. Don’t know what that’s all about. All with the name brand Sansui. Anyways my reason for telling you all this, your story is so much like my dad’s and it was just nice to read it. He also was 21 when he purchased his. He also was in the Vietnam. He flew over there on his 21st birthday. He was in the Air Force. All the equipment is in perfect condition, I even have the owner manual, alone with the cleaning cloth that must of came with it.
      I guess I was wanting to know if you could possibly tell me what all I have. Maybe some words of wisdom. I would love to use it and jam out like he used to but that won’t ever happend, so possibly selling it to the right person could be a possibility. I just hate to see it sit and no one see it, or better yet use it.

      1. I would love to have it BUT YOU SAW THE VALUE AND LOVE YOUR DAD SO KEEP IT.
        These look complicated but in reality you could probably hook it all up all by yourself. Just follow the instructions
        and make sure the volume is down when you turn it on. remember to hookup the cables like for like left in to left out and same for right. follow the instructions. your friends and family will love it. you may have a vintage stereo collector
        and music lover who could help you. believe me there is not much you can do wrong if you follow the instruction

  9. I see there’s an aux port and I would like to use it to play music from my phone/computer, but when I plug in a modern aux cord it barely fits, and no sound comes through. Am I missing something?

    1. I think the AUX inputs on the 9090DB are RCA. You’ll need a 3.5mm Stereo Male Jack To 2 RCA Female Plug Y Audio Cable if you’re going from phone to 9090DB. And, that’s if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. Some of the newer phones don’t (iPhone). I have an older Samsung S7 and use that cable to go from my phone to my Marantz 2220.

  10. I have a Sansui 9090db in great shape and a pair of Altec Carmel speakers.
    This is a package deal,I will not separate… $4000

  11. Greetings, I have a Sansui 9090db that I purchased new in 1977. Has some minor cosmetic damage, but works except for no output from the FM radio. Amplifier is good. It is complete and would make an excellent parts unit.

    $1000 or best offer, plus shipping from Michigan.

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