Sansui TU-417 AM/FM Stereo Tuner

Image attribution: Sansui brochure (pictured with rack handles)
Wavebands FM, AM (Medium Wave only)
Number of FM gangs 3
Number of AM gangs 2
Center Tune Indication Illuminated analogue meter
Signal Strength Meter Analogue (illuminated)
Switchable MPX filter Yes
FM IF Band Switch No
Illuminated analogue tuning dial Yes
Flywheel assisted tuning knob Yes
FM stereo 50dB quietening sensitivity 36.5 dBf
Ultimate S/N Ratio 79dB (mono), 76dB (stereo)
FM capture ratio 1.0
Width x Height x Depth (cm) 43.0 x 16.8 x 40.2
Weight (Kg) 8.0 (without rack handles)
When manufactured 1977 to 1981
UK new price 150 (in 1979)
eBay price guide (full working order and in good condition) 45 - 85 Rating

The Sansui TU-417 is a quality mid-range, well made tuner with very good sound quality. It is very similar in appearance to the more expensive TU-517 & TU-717 tuners but only has a 3 gang FM tuning capacitor (like the slimline TU-217 & TU-317 tuners) instead of a 4 gang. In fact, the TU-417, is essentially a TU-317 in a bigger case with a slightly upgraded power supply so don't think of it as a TU-717 on the cheap.

Like all Sansui's amplifiers and tuners manufactured in the late 1970's the TU-417 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 TU-417 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.

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