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EXPIRED - FOR SALE: Sansui 9900Z monster receiver (reduced)
Item #96843Info: Sansui 9900Z monster receiver (reduced)
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This is a unique monster Sansui 160-watt/ch receiver top-of-the line and made at the end of an era. Visually and sonically splendid. The one minor fault is that it is 0.1MHz off on the FM tuner. With fan and liquid cooling - never gets hot. Clean and running like new. $380. Too heavy to ship so pickup only. Call 905-628-8528
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"The last of incredible high quality Sansui receiver was 9900ZDB Series in the beginning of 1980’s."
SANSUI 9900- This the best value of the vintage solid-state designs and it's built "like a tank" inside and outside. It came out in the early 1980's. It is full-bodied and clean but somewhat "dark" sounding so the ultra-highs may be rolled-off.
Sansui 9900Z was manufactured from '81-'82. Final retail price was $1130.
The Sansui 9900z was not equipped with dolby noise reduction as far as I know. Sansui put "db" at the end of every model number where they put in the db circuit. However the circuit itself is of limited usefulness (no Dolby-FM broadcast available these days and most every quality tape deck has Dolby noise reduction onboard).
The 160wpc amplifier section is the only liquid-cooled home stereo amplifier design I've seen. The wood cabinet is actually wood-pattern vinyl over particle board a common cost-saver from that era.
The bizarre LED "analog" tuning dial (controlled by a rotary knob) side by side with a numeric display triggers a beep-beep-beep when tuning the radio and there's no switch to turn it off (but i'm sure a pair of wirecutters applied to the right place would take care of that problem). Oh you do get six station presets even though this was from the age before everything in a box had a remote control.
Oh you get a mini-spectrum-analyzer display but no equalizer to control the sound that it analyzes.
The volume is an analog potentiometer which should have had a nice simple knob to control it but since pushbuttons were so much more new-wave trendy they put in a pair of volume control buttons that run a little electric motor that turn the internal volume pot.
But hey the price is right (free!) and it's a fun and interesting (and BIG) period piece from the end of the "traditional" design age. And it really should sound pretty good. I love old Sansui gear (though the receivers that I have are from the early 70s (a Model Eight and a 4000 clocking in at 80wpc and 40wpc respectively).
Take it home go find yourself a big ol' pair of Polks from that era like Monitor 10 or 12 and enjoy! :)
The 9900Z is easily the best desgined best looking and most reliable "first generation" (circa 1981) all digital receiver of all that I've seen owned or otherwise been in contact with. Being the top of the *900Z series it has all the best features that Sansui could pack in and still make it afforable enough to justfy buying.
Among other things it is one of the only early 80's units to feature support for three speaker systems it has a liquid cool heatsink for the output transistors (yes the output stage is ALL discrete components all the chips are in the tuner and display logic) and it also has an automatic thermostat controlled cooling fan on the rear panel for those occaisions when you really want to do some serious sonic damage.
This beast can deliver 160WPC at 8 ohms with no effort and peaks can top 200WPC (by my bench tests) and still stay clean. It also has one of the nicest front panels you'll see on a digital receiver. It has a flourescent blue digital frequency readout a blue bargraph spectrum analyzer and a pseudo-analog dial scale (a line of red LED markers that light up in a position that corresponds to the actual frequency for AM or FM). It also has red LED bargraph power meters for both channels. To top it off the front panel is heavy gauge brushed aluminum with a beveled plastic dial glass window. A real class looking piece of equipment that will light up a room.
I own over 50 BIG Sansui components (9090DB G9000 QRX-9001 TU-919 among others) and yet the 9900Z is the one that always grabs peoples attention most likely because of the light show it puts on when it is in operation. There's no doubt that this one appeals to the deep human fascination with bright shiny blockedobjects.
Many people consider the G9000 to be the last REAL receiver Sansui made but I consider the 9900Z to be the last breath of 1970's "male-ego" hi-fi because it captures the quality and look of the G9000 while managing to go digital and do it gracefully. I highly reccomend this unit to anyone wanting a digitally tuned receiver with preset capability but also wanting the build and sound quality that simply cannot be acheived with the current offerings in audio. You will not be dissapointed.
Enormous power incredible design and a real beauty to boot!
I then re-installed the Sansui (after using the Denon AVR-3600) playing the same tracks I was listening to before attempting to find differences. I learned that the receiver was producing PLENTY of warm midrange the highs were not overinfringing like was the case with the Denon and the bass comes through with great impact in contrast to the Denon's lack of bass.
Overall the Sansui 'sounds' 3 times as powerful than the 110 watt per channel rated Denon it sounds much more dynamic much more natural (Denon is so dry and synthetic sounding compared to the Sansui as well the Sansui is just pleasant to listen to against the Denon that was simply unsuitable for my ears after having the Sansui running the Kefs for a while.
It is a shame that these new offerings ($1900 retail price for the Denon) cannot come close to the nearly 20 year old Sansui 9900z. I'm sure glad the Denon will only run my Center and rears in my future surround setup...
Lastly I do not mean to dog on Denon as compared to other top notch receivers of today I'm sure the Denon holds its' own very well. On top of that the Denon is a home theatre amp so what can one expect in the sq department...though reading reviews of the Denon has many saying how brilliant cd sound is through the receiver (OUCH to the ears).
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