Pure Power! That was the tag line for Sansui’s G-Series receivers from the late 70’s and they lived up to the advertising hype. Even this mid range Sansui G-5000 is one great performer. In fact, many audio enthusiasts make the claim that the early Sansui G series receivers are some of the best receivers ever made in terms of both build quality and performance. The audio industry was evolving at the time and technology was advancing to a point where audio equipment could do a far better job of amplifying sound in a manner that kept it as close to the original recorded sound as possible. Sansui’s DC circuitry did just that.
If you had grown up listening to music on late 60’s tube equipment or early 70’s Pioneer or Marantz gear then you might find the G series receivers a tad bright and less warm. But, personal preferences aside, they produce a more accurate sound than their earlier counterparts that tended to “color” the music. The G-5000 was produced from 1978 to 1980 and really is a great representative of the vintage audio years. It was a mid range offering from Sansui and retailed for about $470.00
A brushed aluminum faceplate, big tuning and volume knobs, big square push buttons, wide tuning dial and centered analog meters give it a great symmetrical look. When lit up the dial has an almost mystical amber / blue look to it.
For those interested in a little Sansui history, they produced the G-X000 series first, then the G-X500 series, and finally the G-X700 series over a span of about 4 years from late 1977 till around 1981 or 82. General opinion is that the early G-X000 series is the best built of the three. Cost cutting measures that occurred later reduced the quality of the X500 and X700 series. Also, the G-5XXX receivers aren’t necessarily comparable. The G-5000 is rated at 45 watts while the G-5500 is rated at 60 watts and the G-5700 at 75 watts.
Here are some of its other features:
- Tone defeat
- Speakers A,B, A+B, switchable
- Aux, Phono, FM Auto, Dolby FM, AM, Tape1/Aux, Tape2/Aux
- Bass, treble, balance, volume, tuning
- Loudness, FM muting, Stereo/Mono, Tape monitor, -20 dB mute
- Subsonic filter
- Mic mixing level
- 4-Ch adapter switch
- Headphones jack, Mic jack
- Signal and tuning indicators
- 2 extra power outlets
- Uses discreet Sanken output transistors
- 31 lbs at 18 x 7 x 16″
I had a poll on this website for a while asking what everyone’s favorite receiver brand was. I expected Marantz or perhaps Pioneer to dominate. But no, Sansui was the most favored brand. That is reflected in both demand and prices for these receivers, especially the early G series units. Of course, the G-22000 and G-33000 are virtually impossible to acquire for the average collector, and even the G-9000 can easily reach over $1000 when restored and averages about $600 to $900. The G-5000 is much more reasonable at $200 to $300. And, for the level of build quality and performance you can get out of them that is a pretty good deal.