Sansui G-8000

Sansui G-8000

This is the Sansui G-8000 and while it is the little brother of the Sansui G-9000 it is still one big receiver. Many comparisons are made between this receiver and the Pioneer SX-1250. Surprisingly I would guess that a larger percentage of those who’ve heard both receivers favor the Sansui G-8000 over the SX-1250. However, the Pioneer probably has a slightly better build quality and parts are more easily found nowadays for the 1250 then for the G-8000.

The Sansui G-8000 was manufactured around 1979 and had a list price of about $920.00.  It has a huge toroidal power transformer and four filter caps per channel. It is rated at 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Its dimensions are 22.04W x 7.91H x 18.70D and it has Bass, Middle, Treble Tone Controls and inputs for Phono I+II, Tape I+II, AUX, Monitor, Mic.

Sansui G-8000 Side

Most of the G series Sansui receivers have similar styling with a somewhat symmetrical layout and huge tuning and volume knobs. One interesting feature of the G-8000 is that the speaker outputs are on the right side of the unit and the various inputs are on the left side as opposed to the rear of the unit as with most other receivers.  This was probably due to the fact that the G-8000 has a large heat sink that wraps around the back of the unit.  Still, it could make it difficult if you plan on keeping your G-8000 in a rack or narrow space and cable and wires coming out the side of the receiver probably isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing look either.

Sansui G-8000

The Sansui G-8000 is one of the more popular Sansui models because it has quite a few features, is big, performs well and has a great sound. It’s not as expensive as some of the other top of the line Sansui receivers so it’s a good mix for someone looking for a higher end piece of equipment with a budget above entry level.  In good working condition this receiver will sell for around $800-900. If it’s restored then prices can reach $1500+.

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27 thoughts on “Sansui G-8000

  1. Hello,
    I own a nearly identical Sansui G-801 receiver.
    The only thing I notice that is different is that the writing on the face of my G-801 is in white lettering/numbering while the G-8000 is in black. Also, my speaker outputs while looking at the front of the receiver are coming out the left side. You should have mentioned that the receiver does have a nice cable tray at the bottom of both sides of the receiver to tuck all the wires into so they don’t stick out.
    Anyone out there know why Sansui made the G-801 and G-8000 since they are nearly identical?

    1. I think the G-801 is just the European version of the G-8000. As you mentioned it has the dark faceplate and white lettering. I think it also has a different veneer. Electrically they are essentially the same.

      Thanks for the info on the cable tray. I’ll add that to the description.

    2. Sveiki taip žinau jie yra venodi tik vienas yra europinis o kitas ne neauropinis tik tuo skiresi bijau suklysti g801 europinis o g8000 neeuropinis ar atvirkščia čia gamintogas taip sugalvojo del ekspūrto y kitas šalis?

      — Hello, yes, I know they are the same, only one is European and the other is not non-European, the only difference is that I am afraid to make a mistake, g801 is European and g8000 is non-European, is it the other way around?

  2. i purchased my Sansui G-8000 in 1979 new. I still have it in 2015 and haven’t had to change a single light or switch. It is immaculate and sounds as good today as the day I bought it. I would never even consider selling it it is hooked up to a pair of Klipsch LaScalas and a pair of Klipsch Heresy speakers. It sounds amazing I am so glad I had the spence at 19 years of age when I bought it and the respect to keep it all these years as I am now 55 years old. If you get the chance to buy one DO IT. You will not regret it. Especially if connected to awesome speakers like these It sounds great at low volumes but has enough power to level 2 city blocks !

    1. Just bought on had to have speaker terminals replaced with the srew type. Blew one of my EPI A500 speakers ordered so.e new ones Emotiva Airmotiv T2 + . Also have Marantz model 6300 turntables.

  3. I have a Sansui G-8000 had it since 1980 and it is my favorite. I now have a problem that I hope is not difficult to repair. My sound keeps popping in and out and when I turn the vol knob up and down it pops on and sometimes it won’t. where can I have it repaired?

    1. Sounds like the volume potentiometer could be dirty. Might just need sprayed with some contact cleaner. You can probably do it yourself if you want. There are videos on YouTube that show how to do it and there’s a good general instructional thread on AudioKarma HERE. Otherwise any decent audio tech can do it easily, assuming of course that a dirty Pot is the problem. If you do open the case and clean it yourself be sure to clean all the other pots and switches as well while you have it open. Good luck!

  4. Greetings, I have a immaculate, functional g8000 that is up for sale. I’m asking 400, non negotiable.

  5. I bought my Sansui G-8000 receiver brand new in 1979 while in the Navy, got it at the Navy Exchange in Rota, Spain, would you believe I paid just around $400.00. I still have it and played it once in a while, it’s hooked up to a pair of JBL L-250 floor standing tower speakers. I almost sold it but changed my mind, I’m into vintage tube amps also.

    1. Nice. I have my sisters G-8000. Its in my garage hooked up to a pair of Klipsch Fortes. Still sounds great. She bought it at the Army PX in Frankford Germany in 1979.

  6. I saw a G-8000 today in a local audio shop priced at $1,100. Quite a nice looking, expansive unit that requires more of a kitchen table for siting rather than the typical width audio rack. Inquired about the service history and was told it had “been serviced”. Asked about whether that included recapping. “No, not recapped” but the guy didn’t know the details. So what might “servicing” include then? Some Deoxit spray and spins of the pots? At quick glance the unit appeared in 8/10 condition. Could the transformer and caps still be in good shape?

  7. I to own a G-8000 this is my third Sansui my first was a 9090 in the 80s then sold that and upgraded to a 9090DB then found my current Sansui at a yard sale for “$25.00 from the first owner who got it over seas had some problems he didn’t know what was wrong with it I took in spend under $150.00 and now it’s the best amp I’ve ever had will never buy anything but Sansui

  8. That sounds great I just bought one today 8/13/20 I have a Sausui AU 7900 Integrated Amplifier that I have to have worked on .I have 2 EPI 500 speakers and 2Bose 501 series IV

  9. Help! I have a Sansui G8000 that works and sounds great!…its just missing the Volume knob and volume stop. Please help me put this beautiful receiver back to complete…Thank you!

    1. I found that EBay is the best place for finding parts. From a tweeter for my Yamaha NS-500M speakers to hinges Technics SL-1200 to Marantz knobs.Also tweeters for JBL E 100 and Morduant Shorts. Just may take some time and know which models are interchangeable.

  10. I have a Sansui -8000 1979, I would say pretty close to mint condition. I would like to sell . Not greedy . I would like at least $1000-$1200 .

  11. I bought a Sansui G8000 in 1981 from a pawn shop for $400. Had it for 12 years and reluctantly sold it to a friend due to an impending overseas move.
    I’ve tried to find another one for years but can’t quite bring myself to pay today’s asking prices, the least being $1800 for an original working, untouched unit… which sold. Can’t find another working unit for less than $3700 now. Bummer!

  12. Someone paid me to take their G 8000 open box condition. I sold it for 5000 dollars. This IS the $$ channel yes ? Nobody cares about how much but maybe the sonic and eye appeal. Thank you to those that have posted the rest of the set up speakers turntable etc. that is very interesting.

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