Sansui AU-519 Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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Max. RMS Power into 8 Ohms per channel 70 Watt
Total harmonic distortion at rated output 0.008%
Slew Rate +/- 160V/micro sec.
Rise time 0.5 micro sec.
Phono inputs 2
Line level inputs 2
Number of tape loops 2
Phono equaliser Yes: MM only
Headphone output Yes, front mounted socket
Power consumption 360 Watt
Width x Height x Depth (cm) 43.0 x 16.8 x 39.0
Weight (Kg) 16.0
When manufactured 1979 - 1981
UK new price 200 (in 1979)
eBay price guide (full working order and in good condition) 70 - 120 Rating


The Sansui AU-519 was launched in 1979 to replace the very successful (in the USA and Germany at least) AU-517 . In appearance and performance it is virually identical to it's predecessor. It sat in the middle of Sansui's excellent AU series amps of 1979-81. This series was the last of Sansui's great range of amplifiers before the company went into sharp decline in the early to mid 1980's.

Used values for the AU-519, like the AU-517, are currently very low for such as excellent amplifer making it outstanding value for money. The sound quality would be best described as smooth, very natural and slightly warm while still providing plenty of punch and detail. It sounds very natural and is unfatiging to listen to for long periods.

Like all Sansui's amplifiers and tuners manufactured in the late 1970's the AU-519 has a thick aluminium front panel painted in matt black. It looks tasteful but the paint finish can be easily chipped/scratched when subjected to careless handling. When new, the AU-519 was supplied with professional style rack mounting handles to allow mounting into a 19" equipment rack. The rack handles are attached to the sides of the unit by two screws and are of course detachable.

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