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Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615

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Posted on June 3, 2012 at 16:46:03
Hi kidz I saw both these units a couple days ago for sale I wondered if there were any users of either here? . Don't say ah just go look at Fmtuner.info been dere and itz good not God . So again if you happen to be listening to either of the above mentioned models your thougts add Onkyo T-9 also I guess . Thankz

 

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RE: Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615, posted on June 4, 2012 at 18:07:11
HoosierAudio
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Hi 2channel,

I've got a 615 and a buddy has a 7500 so I've heard both. It would be better if you posted a little about your reception situation , like are you in an urban or suburban location? Is your priority how it sounds or its ability to ferret out distant stations? Is there a lot of stations in your area?

A biggie is what's your budget & do you have an outdoor antenna?

HA

 

RE: Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615, posted on June 4, 2012 at 18:51:03
I live in Vancouver Canada . Mountains , water , I have a Sansui Tu-317 which sounds good I just was in a shoppe with a few old tuners and the 2 mentioned caught my eye . Budget? don't be greedy and I will consider it.

 

What antenna? and yr reception conditions?, posted on June 4, 2012 at 23:32:30
Timbo in Oz
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Half the picture.


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with rabbit ears indoors on swivel, posted on June 5, 2012 at 11:34:26
nt

 

RE: Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615, posted on June 5, 2012 at 14:02:54
Neff


 
Been thru perhaps 30 tuners & modded all for higher audio performance. A stock Scott LT-112B or 312C sounds better than the 30 others with upgrades!

 

RE: Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615, posted on June 5, 2012 at 16:45:39
HoosierAudio
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Hi 2channel,

Well if you like the Sansui "house sound" I'd probably stay with the
Sansui. Quite a few folks I've corresponded with seem to think one or the other sounds "Better" with very few appreciating the strengths of each. I'm thinking that how the tuner interacts with the other components in the system pretty much dictates what "sounds better"

In specifically addressing each of your picks,

KT-615 Is nice and quiet, very stable over time probably due to the Pulse Count Detector. Probably a little leaner in sound than the Sansui's. The 615 doesn't have a buffer in the audio output so short cables are the order of the day for it to perform well. 1979 model year

TU-7500 Quite a bit older than the 615 1973 model and more prone to drifting out of alignment over time. Not as quiet as the 615 but will sound more in line with your 317.


If it were me and I was looking for an upgrade path in the Sansui line I would look for a TU-517. Its a well respected design, easy to mod, if you want and can be made to sound very, very good.

HA

 

RE: Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615, posted on June 5, 2012 at 20:38:50
Define leaner if you can , some people feel my Aragon 18K is lean I see it as neutral . For some reason (that reason is plastic)the Kenwoods are prone to breaking off the power switch I see , that said it seems well built . Thankz for your info

 

RE: Sansui Tu-7500 , Kenwood Kt-615, posted on June 7, 2012 at 17:32:15
HoosierAudio
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Evenin 2channel,

The easy one first. The actual switch on the 615 is really metal, with push on dress up parts, just like the Sansui. In the vertical direction they are just fine but when loaded horizontally they bend quite easily and unfortunately when straightened tend to snap off. So if the tuner is being shipped, loosely packed in the horizontal, and the switch is not protected, the odds are that it arrives pre-bent for the new owner and when it is straightened, well you get the picture. I think the only reason its not a problem on the Sansuis is that the switch in the Sansui's is recessed behind the faceplate which provides some support horizontally while the Kenwood switch is mounted close to the faceplate with absolutely no support from the faceplate.

As for the "lean" comment, as a rule, in both my systems, one tube one SS the lower midrange of the Kenny's as a rule seems a little light. I guess the best way to explain would be like having two neutral amps one approaching from the fat (Tube) side and the other from the lean (SS) side. Both are approaching neutral , just from different directions.

At least for me which one sound "Best" depends more on what system they're feeding, its all in the synergy. And before someone asks I have heard/own most of the better tuners in both lines.

HA

 

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