From Sansui’s G-x500 line, this is the Sansui G-3500 Pure Power Stereo Receiver. It was at the bottom end of the G-x500 line. Produced from 1978-1981 it retailed for roughly $275 and produces 26 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It has a little less power than the G-4500 (40 wpc) but, otherwise, is identical.
The G-3500 has the classic styling of Sansui’s G-x500 line with large symmetrical volume and tuning knobs at the center of the unit, beveled knob edges and textured button faces. When lit the stereo glows with a warm amber look.
One feature of the G-3500 is the Mic Mixing Level control. Sansui advertised this as being very useful when throwing home disco parties, which, during the time of production for this stereo, probably would have been very popular. The stereo has no mid range tone control but does have a loudness button as well as both signal and tuning strength meters.
It is rated for 8 ohm speakers and is not rated for 4 ohms. Total harmonic distortion is 0.1%. Its weight and dimensions are:
17 1/16″ x 6 1/16″ x 14″
One of the most common problems with the Sansui G-3500, and other G-x500 receivers for that matter, is that the bulbs die. However, replacements bulbs can be found on eBay in both incandescent and LED form.
Available on eBay
Overall, the Sansui G-3500 is a great little receiver with a nice sound and plenty of power for smaller rooms. The Sansui receivers built in the 1970’s are all very well made and nice looking. The G-3500 sells for about $150 to $250 which is very reasonable for a quality piece of vintage audio equipment.