Sansui G-7000 AM/FM Stereo Receiver


Image attribution: Sansui sales brochure

Wavebands FM, AM (Medium Wave only)
Number of FM gangs 4
Number of AM gangs 2
Center Tune Indication Illuminated analogue meter
Signal Strength Meter Analogue (illuminated)
Switchable MPX filter No Data
FM IF Band Switch No Data
Illuminated analogue tuning dial Yes
Flywheel assisted tuning knob Yes
FM stereo 50dB quietening sensitivity 36 dBf
Ultimate FM S/N Ratio 72dB (mono), 68dB (stereo)
FM capture ratio 1.0
Max. RMS Power into 8 Ohms per channel 85 Watt
Total harmonic distortion at rated output 0.025%
Slew Rate 60V/micro second
Rise time 1.4 micro second
Phono inputs 2
Line level inputs 1
Number of tape loops 2
Phono equaliser Yes
Headphone output Yes, front mounted socket
Power consumption 380 Watt
Width x Height x Depth (cm) 50.5 x 18.7 x 42.2
Weight (Kg) 16.6
When manufactured 1978 to 1979
UK new price No Data
eBay price guide (full working order and in good condition) 200 to 300
ClassicHiFi.info Rating
Rarity (in UK)

 

The Sansui G-Series receivers of the late 1970's were some of the most striking-looking receivers ever produced. The G-7000 was near the top of the range and is a full-featured piece of kit that was constructed to the high standard you would expect of Japanese up-market gear of the period.

Receivers were never very popular in the UK in contrast to the USA where they sold in far greater numbers than separate amps & tuners. The reasons for this may be twofold: 1) The quality and choice of FM radio stations was far lower in Britain than in the US (except for classical music) so some British hi-fi buyers did not feel the need for a tuner, and 2) Most British audiophiles who did listen to the radio preferred the separates route because of perceived higher performance and upgrade flexibility. Sansui's mid-range and high-end receivers were very popular in America in the 1970's but in Britain it was their low-end models that were the better sellers because they were cheaper than equivalent separate budget amplifers and tuners. As a consequence up-market models like the Sansui G-7000 are rare in the UK. This is a shame because the G-7000 is a super piece of audio engineering.

Unlike Sansui's AU and TU series amplifiers and tuners, respectively, of the period, the G-series receivers had brushed aluminium front panels (instead of matt black painted aluminium) and wood cases. They seem to have been designed to stand on a sideboard (or another piece of furniture) instead of being mounted in a 19" equipment rack. The build quality is, however, equivalent to Sansui's amps and tuners of the period (i.e. excellent).

 









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