Probably one of the top vintage amps in this price range. Sound quality, build quality, looks, collectability/investment.
If you haven't heard one of these with a decent preamp ahead of it, well - sound is personal, but i say its one of best solid state amps I've heard. Using a $1000 tube preamp - either Eleket Tu-8500 or vintage Audible Illusions Modulus 2. A better preamp would probably be even sweeter.
Am rating at 7.5 for cosmetics, as compared to several other untouched examples. A bit of touchup and would be an 8. Some light scratches on faceplate edges, and also few even smaller nicks on faceplate front. See photos. Not deep - so a bit of touchup paint would do quite a lot. Purple case has some wear spots mostly on rear top edge, but also a small scratch on top and couple of other blems.
Rate the working condiition and "guts" as solid 8, probably more like 8.5. Check out how clean it is inside - didn't clean this up, it came to me like so.
Recently spent $350-400 with a very good vintage tech with specific experience on this model. I lost the bag of parts that were replaced, but was a substantial quantity. Would have been more like $500-700 at normal shop rates.
My tech says I should keep this one, as its much better shape inside than many of the ones hes seen.
Couple things to note on the B3 - compared to the mighty holy grail Ba-5000, the B3 actually has a couple of advantages.
According to my tech..."the BA3000 is a direct connection to the output which is why it sounds much more musical (than Ba5000) up to its power limitation...similar to why a Bryston 3BSST2 sounds better than the $10,000pair T28B mono blocs do up to its power limitation" ..."the Ba5000 uses an output transformer for load balancing and you don't get more power from a 4 ohm load over an 8 ohm, and I find you lose some low end tightness with a transformer"..also as regards.the matching Sansui preamp.."the CA3000 is a bit saggy"...
So...for absolute sound quality, possibly the B3K has the better sound?...Sound is personal, so not making promises.
Interesting the the B5K wont put out more than its 300 watts into 4 ohms. Not sure what the 3K will do into 4?
If one really needed 300 watts a side into 8 ohms..maybe a pair of B3K running as monoblocs would be a better sound than a single B5K? You get 340 a side that way. If I dont sell this one soon/at all, I'll have a chance to try this myself - not that I have any speakers that need the power, but for the heck of it.
It is handy that this amp is bridgeable - simple flick of a switch to mono. The B5K also will do this (600 watts a side wowzers). But I donlt think a Ba2000 will??
Local audition and inspection preferred, but I will ship. Is light enough (barely) to use Canada Post so wont be too horrible as to costs. I know how to pack stuff - double boxed with 1 in styrofoam board between layers. Will be asking a bit for packing materials and my time to ship.
No returns or refunds if shipped.
Can deliver for free to Calgary or Red Deer, on my schedule. Edmonton for gas money. Also planning a trip to Victoria within next 6 weeks, so could deliver for free that way - so long as you are on route, or willing to meet me on route.
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Re: Sansui Ba-3000 - 170 watts - Serviced, some parts. Cosmetics good. Sounds V Good
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