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Sansui 221 receiver / SP-30 bookshelf speaker combo

Posted on July 12, 2020 at 19:46:00

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Vintage audio continues to amaze me! I just bought (really just for the heck of it) a Sansui 221 receiver and Sansui SP-30 bookshelf speakers the other day from a craigslist seller. Originally this combo was marketed as a "beginner" system in 1975. The receiver is 8 watts per channel and the speakers are rated at 20 watts! The quality of sound this system produces blew my mind - couldn't believe how strong it was! I can't stop smiling over this. Only thing I had to do was replace the fuse type lights for the radio dial and it was good to go. Tomorrow when the wife goes to her doctor appointment I'm gonna hook the 221 to my Altec Valencias and probably smile big again! The first watt is the most important!


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RE: Sansui 221 receiver / SP-30 bookshelf speaker combo, posted on July 12, 2020 at 21:17:57

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and a fire hazard

do not operate unattended

be well,


RE: Sansui 221 receiver / SP-30 bookshelf speaker combo, posted on July 13, 2020 at 07:25:18

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I always "wanted" to like Sansui's later 70's and more powerful offerings. What I found was I really liked their earlier stuff and especially their lower powered stuff. THAT was were Sansui really shined.

Enjoy - because that was some of the best sounding Sansui gear. If you really like it then have it recapped and cleaned up professionally. They you'll REALLY be surprised.

Post how it goes with the Valencia's!!!!!!!!!!


RE: Sansui 221 receiver / SP-30 bookshelf speaker combo, posted on July 13, 2020 at 14:36:26

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I bought a Sansui 221 with a pair of Baby Advents at a garage sale about 20 years ago for $2. It's now one of our bedrooms and still sounds great.


RE: Sansui 221 receiver / SP-30 bookshelf speaker combo, posted on July 13, 2020 at 15:58:32

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I agree, Sansui equipment is very nice
I am using a Au317 and Tu217 coupled to
Polk Sda 1B's.


Older Sansui and Denon, posted on July 15, 2020 at 06:37:15
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Back in the '70s a local hi-end dealer had disparaging names for most of the mid-fi companies. So he called them Sansewage!

However I bought a new AU-717 when I had to downgrade my system after a job change. That worked amazingly well driving early Maggies. Years later I picked up a TU-9900 which was a top rated tuner. They did offer some good components.

Regarding Denon, maybe in the late '80s/early '90s they offered a compact 3-piece system which I thought was very good. Speakers were a bit smaller than the RS Minimus 7s and the one-piece electronics box was the same size. That included amp, FM, and single disc CD player. It was a great starter, dorm, bedroom system.

"The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things I never heard myself." Thelonious Monk


The SP-30 is/was a remarkably well-behaved loudspeaker, posted on July 15, 2020 at 16:59:47

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One of the better sounding Sansui speakers, IMO/IME, modest though it be.

all the best,


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