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 $500-600. If it’s restored then prices can reach $700+.

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13 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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 !

  4. Hello I just received a g8000 works good but it does not light up. Any suggestions?

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

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