Sansui G-901 DB

The Sansui G-901 DB is the European version of the G-9000. Instead of the shiny silver faceplate it has a more gun metal color. Introduced in 1978 it retailed for about $1250.00. Obviously, being the Euro version it can operate at either 110v or 220v.

The G-901 DB is huge. It weighs around 59 pounds and measures 8″ x 22″ x 19″. With size comes power and this Sansui produces 160 watts per channel at 8 ohms. And that’s with a Total Harmonic Distortion of less than 0.03%.

The receiver features Bass, Mid, and Treble controls, all defeatable, with variable turnovers for Bass and Treble. The analog tuner is backlit as are the power and signal strength meters. There is also a Loudness button, Mute button (-20db), High and Subsonic filters, Dolby FM emphasis, Wide and Narrow band selection, FM noise suppression. Headphone and Microphone jacks are incorporated as well.

It has multiple inputs on one side. Included are 2 phono, 2 tape, 1 aux, and 1 4-channel decoder.

And the speaker outputs on the other side.

There is also a huge heat sink on the back of the receiver.

The Sansui G-901 DB is built like a tank with high quality components. Check out the toroidal transformer on this thing.

The Sansui G-901 DB is a fantastic receiver. It’s very rare since it was an overseas model. It combines power, sound and performance all into a stylish package. They currently sell for about $2500.00 – $3500.00 in good working condition.

If you’d like to see more pictures of an extensive restoration of the G-901 check out Scott Thompson’s page HERE.

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5 thoughts on “Sansui G-901 DB

  1. I still have my 901db I purchased new while stationed in Iwakuni, Japan in 1978. It doesn’t get played much at all and lately i found that there is occasional static on one side. Sometimes the other channel gets static. Can this be remedied?

    1. I had the same thing, even the chanel would drop out. Took it to a reputable shop and they started with cleaning and it took care of it. It is a unit that is hard to get to and is totally enclosed except two very small holes. Good luck Sir!!

      1. Hello Rob. I was going through and deleting a bunch of old bookmarks in my phone and found you had replied to my post about my Sansui receiver issue. Regarding the part you mentioned that was dirty, is there a way to find out what that part name is? I know it’s been a minute since you posted (2022), so any help would be appreciated. I’m planning on passing my receiver down to my son soon and would like to get the issue resolved. I did take it to a shop which I had great confidence in, but he told me he cleaned this and that, but he couldn’t say for sure how long the fix would last. Well, it didn’t last long at all, so I’m back in the same boat as before. Do you happen to have the receipt still that might show the part name that was cleaned? Or, perhaps you could contact the shop you took it too and find out from them? I know its a long shot, but considering the sentimental value I have in my receiver, it is a shot worth taking. Thanks again!

    1. Greetings Volker. I apologize for the delayed response, but for some reason I am not getting an alert when someone responds to my post. I’m sorry, but I’m not interested in selling my receiver. I am giving it to my adult son, who greatly appreciates vintage stereos/electronics and music in general. There is no doubt in my mind he will take great care of the receiver and enjoy it for a long time. Perhaps some day he will pass it on to his son, or daughter. I pray the receiver will last as long for him as it did for me! Thank you for your interest, Volker.

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