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jmar 16th February 2007 07:02 PM

Sansui vintage ?
 
The old Sansui enclosures with the wooden grills were absolutely gorgeous.

Granted, the speakers sucked but I miss the art in enclosures you don't see much of anymore. (Wharfedale, McIntosh....EV to name but a few).

I've been thinking of getting one of the vintage Sansui models and maybe upgrading (all) the components and was wondering if anyone has seen anyone take this on before? (Maybe some old posts or web sites etc).

I know the idea of a wooden grill is bad news for many....but I don't see why a horn tweeter or some creative mounting configurations may be an answer.

I've just decided that I want some elegance and some "furniture" with my next speaker system.

PeteMcK 17th February 2007 12:39 AM

Some don't sick that badly, I've got a pair of cheaper 2 way Sansuis with an 8" driver that is really good, solid Bass down to around mid 40s, clear sound & quite efficient too.
Currently in use as my computer speakers.
They don't have those nice grills though...pity

Search around on vintage sites, There's plenty of info about which models are good, (Cant' find mine though, I think they're AA-3900)

Pete McK

HipoFutura 17th February 2007 01:48 AM

In the mid/late 70's I had Sansui speakers and loved them. As you say, the craftmanship was wonderful and they sounded fantastic! Granted this was before I became a JBL snob, but they did sound and look nice. I would encourage you with this effort. You will likely have to build a new baffle board as many of the Sansui speakers had beau coupe drivers in them. My vote is to pick up the drivers & xovers used in JBL L100. These are frequently on ebay. Find a set of Sansui enclosures of the right dimension and go for it. Don

jmar 17th February 2007 11:24 AM

That's a good idea...I always loved that L100 sound.

There seems to be 4 or 5 different models that they did with the lattice grills, ranging from bookshelf to floorstanding.

I thought the wider floorstanding model would be a nice project....like you say either with that JBL sound or a mini "voice of the theatre" approach.

Those enclosures need to make a comeback....at least at my house.

Frankly, I think if the lattice were wide enough it wouldn't effect the dispersion of a dome tweeter that much besides....who the hell "walks around" in front of their speakers? But a horn maybe the way to go.

Who knows...maybe just a crossover and tweeter change and I may be happy with Sansui drivers.

kestrel200 19th February 2007 04:05 PM

I have some vintage sansui speakers with the wooden grilles in great condition sitting in my garage. If you're interested I'd be happy to snap some shots. I's ure we could work something out my wife is getting a little upset about the # of speakers I have.

Mike

Scottmoose 19th February 2007 04:51 PM

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Some of the top end Sansui speakers were seriously impressive for the time, and remain so to this day. Best of all was when 4 were hooked up to a quadraphonic reciever. And no, I'm not joking. This was their top model: the SP-X11000. Bit blurred, but you get the idea. They fetch a fortune nowadays, assuming you can find a pair.

kestrel200 19th February 2007 07:21 PM

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Originally posted by Scottmoose
Some of the top end Sansui speakers were seriously impressive for the time, and remain so to this day. Best of all was when 4 were hooked up to a quadraphonic reciever. And no, I'm not joking. This was their top model: the SP-X11000. Bit blurred, but you get the idea. They fetch a fortune nowadays, assuming you can find a pair.

I have the SP3000s as seen here:
http://www.classicsansui.net/images/...SP3000%202.jpg

& Here:

http://www.classicsansui.net/images/...ers/SP3000.jpg

Duo 19th February 2007 08:13 PM

I refurbished a set of SP-X11000 speakers. They could go fairly loud, and were pretty efficient. But I didn't find the sound very enjoyable. It was too colored and harsh.

dsmiljanic 9th February 2009 09:42 PM

Sp3000
 
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Hi all!

I also have Sansui SP3000 speakers and plan to bring them back to former glory. Bought them recently after finding out that they are in great shape (drivers and enclosure I mean) everything working only with capacitors dried out. I auditioned them and they projected nice and easy going nature with high efficiency, even without-optimal-crossover condition.

I have been constantly amazed with the design and build of these enclosures seeing them all over internet and finally bought a pair for 130 Euros.

I will post some pictures soon so you can see inside and admire the technology of the former audio giant. I'm still under deep impression since the exposure!

Stay tuned.

dsmiljanic 9th February 2009 10:23 PM

SP3000
 
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Just got this sketched!

More details after measurement.


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