Sansui G-3500

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″
16.5 lbs

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.

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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.

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Sansui G-3500 Stereo Receiver

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Sansui G-3500/10.6oz-4500/401 Original AM/FM Stereo Receiver Service Manual O152

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Sansui Six

The Sansui Six Am/FM stereo receiver was produced from 1972 to around 1974. It retailed for $399.99. It was the smallest of Sansui’s single digit receivers and produced 34 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It also produced a very impressive 0.3% harmonic distortion.

The Sansui Seven, Eight and Eight Deluxe had more power and more features than the Six but the Six is a very well built receiver with plenty of power for a small room. It has an attractive wood case and aluminum face plate. The 4-gang FM tuner is very good.

One drawback to the Sansui Six receiver are the labels on the buttons. The glue holding them on tends to dry out over the years and they fall off. However, there are replacements that can be found on eBay.

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Button Labels for Sansui Six, Seven, Eight, Eight Deluxe, or 7000 Receiver

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The Sansui Six has a number of features that aren’t often found in small receivers. Dual phono inputs are one. Pre out/main in jacks, engraved writing on the face plate and indented tone controls are some others. And, as I mentioned above it has a real wood case. It also has provisions for a noise reduction adapter (Dolby) and a 4-channel adapter as well.

The Six was made in Japan and is all hand soldered. The amp boards and EQ board are socketed which makes it much easier to work on. The tone controls use selectors with fixed resistors as opposed to potentiometers which is another advantage.

The general consensus is that the Sansui Six has a detailed and refined sound that is both musical and punchy. The bass is not deep but is very fast and defined. A three-stage direct-coupled low-noise equalizer and a completely direct-coupled OCL pure complementary power amplifier help in this regard.

Overall, the Sansui Six is a great receiver for a smaller room. It is reasonably priced as well at around $300 to $400 for a nice working unit.

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