Sansui vintage ? - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Loudspeakers > Multi-Way

Multi-Way Conventional loudspeakers with crossovers

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 16th February 2007, 07:02 PM   #1
jmar is offline jmar  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Indiana
Default 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.
  Reply With Quote
Old 17th February 2007, 12:39 AM   #2
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Western Sydney
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
  Reply With Quote
Old 17th February 2007, 01:48 AM   #3
diyAudio Member
 
HipoFutura's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
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
  Reply With Quote
Old 17th February 2007, 11:24 AM   #4
jmar is offline jmar  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Indiana
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.
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 04:05 PM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mt. Pleasant SC
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
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 04:51 PM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
Scottmoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: UK
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.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg sp-x11000 1.jpg (50.2 KB, 438 views)
__________________
Community site www.frugal-horn.com Commercial site www.wodendesign.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 07:21 PM   #7
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mt. Pleasant SC
Quote:
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
  Reply With Quote
Old 19th February 2007, 08:13 PM   #8
Duo is offline Duo  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
Duo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Send a message via ICQ to Duo
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.
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th February 2009, 09:42 PM   #9
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Default Sp3000

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.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg sansui sp3000.jpg (91.6 KB, 259 views)
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th February 2009, 10:23 PM   #10
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Default SP3000

Just got this sketched!

More details after measurement.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg sp3000_xover.jpg (39.6 KB, 263 views)
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
vintage sansui transistors honsten Solid State 4 29th May 2010 01:59 PM
need help with sansui AU 220 qrius4ever Solid State 2 18th July 2009 05:14 PM
Help with vintage Marantz, Sansui etc KevinLee Solid State 9 12th April 2007 06:47 AM
Sansui.. here we go, some vintage stuff. ThSpeakerDude88 Multi-Way 3 18th August 2005 02:52 PM
Sansui Au-517&au-717 ManUtd Solid State 4 29th March 2004 01:13 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 02:10 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2