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Hello friends,
i am decided to buy Sansui AU 217 vintage amp. Any reviews about this amp?
 
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Firstly, please check what is the condition, cosmetic & working - both as plenty of sansui and other old makes available through various channels (dealers/individuals) but 95% are either in as is where is or not worth buying due to lots of issues. Get it checked by a competent technician who will give you status of what needs to be done to make it sound as desired. Next is price, as now a days all asking for unreasonable prices for these old makes. Ultimately, 9/10 times it is not worth the effort to buy these old amps as you will spend more time getting it in shape than actually listening to music. Suggest you keep the above factors in mind before deciding to buy or rather go for something new to begin with if you are not well versed with electronics. Best of luck!
 

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Yea, this is very true. People do a search on ebay and then price. This is not realistic. When pricing used amplifiers, always factor a round of recapping. Also cosmetics are very important, if this is bad, then the price falls by a greater margin. On the other side, it its something rare and you must have it, then price obviously is not a consideration :)

Performance wise, Sansui made some great amps back in the day, personally i would have gone for the NAD 3020 instead. The beauty of this amp is it still sounds really good.
 

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Quite a few vintage amps, especially the likes of Sansui AU series doing rounds among re-sellers and being sold at exotic prices. Be wary before buying.
I doubt after so many years, if they will still be in original condition. Be wary before buying. Anything above 5k would be a luxury for that amp
 

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Quite a few vintage amps, especially the likes of Sansui AU series doing rounds among re-sellers and being sold at exotic prices. Be wary before buying.
I doubt after so many years, if they will still be in original condition. Be wary before buying. Anything above 5k would be a luxury for that amp
Yes Very much abused ones, I got an Au series from a user (not reseller) at under 15k, in pristine condition ; well maintained with original Box and Manual , its slightly recent with Torroidal transformer and Banana Plugs, Sounds pretty well with my Rig. Model Number is Au-x9500 ( I couldn't find much info).
For vintage amps, I check with Headphones if it has a Socket , and if there's no Distortion or channel mismatch , I consider buying.
Once I was told that, Au= Gold series Components , Better quality , usually last long.
 

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A friend of mine bought a used AU317 from Delhi. The seller who claimed to be a devotee audiophile convineitly forget to mention anything about amp having issues. My friend lives in a town nearby Delhi so he had to go to Delhi everytime the amp developed issues. After having made multiple trips to multiple technicians, he was finally told by an old tech that it can't be fixed. It needed major PCB swaps, the tracks of many PCBs had corroded so no recapping or no fixing.

Stuck with something which plays too good to throw but is moody. At times won't play music at all. Don't buy without very through and prolonged listening.
 

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For vintage amps, I check with Headphones if it has a Socket , and if there's no Distortion or channel mismatch , I consider buying.
Once I was told that, Au= Gold series Components , Better quality , usually last long.
Good idea to test with Headphones before buying. Thanks.
 

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Thanks for the advice. What about the sound quality of sansui au 217
 
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Thanks for the advice. What about the sound quality of sansui au 217
Hard to say unless someone who has heard it can comment.

I have heard Sansui's of the same Japanese pedigree company of 3 eras. The late 60's, early 70's and late 70's to early 80s when the revered Alpha series was launched when Sansui again unsuccessfully tried to capture the market..

The 217 was they basic model from the post 1977 era and should be comparable to the entry level branded amps of today. It wi;; still have a bit of the famous Sansui warmth in the mids but will be a little more on the clinical side.
 

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In my humble opinion, the sansui Au series amplifiers are highly hyped. Of course I agree, they are good amps, solidly built and decent sounding. But never worth the price at which they are marketed right now. The situation is such that, if somebody has a Sansui AU, the price is hiked high as if it is some rare gem. There are people selling AU series amps for a price as high as 50k. I don't understand. There are a host of amplifiers which are far far superior sounding for half the price. But still people crave for the AU series. I would say AU 317, the big brother of the 217 discussed here is a good amp, that's all. A good amp. But never worth the 17k, 18k etc it is offered for. Anyway, its your call. You decide.
 

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Yea, this is very true. People do a search on ebay and then price. This is not realistic. When pricing used amplifiers, always factor a round of recapping. Also cosmetics are very important, if this is bad, then the price falls by a greater margin. On the other side, it its something rare and you must have it, then price obviously is not a consideration :)

Performance wise, Sansui made some great amps back in the day, personally i would have gone for the NAD 3020 instead. The beauty of this amp is it still sounds really good.
Yeah Reuben, you are the greatest fan of the NAD 3020 in the world. I remember, you came all the way from Trivandrum to Kochin to buy my 3020 inspite of having another one at home :):D
 

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Musical Fidelity A1, hard to find, but you can get used ones for around 25k. Pioneer A 400 - Beautiful amplifier -10k to 15k is the used price. Marantz PM 75, Pm 80, PM 64 II, NAD 3020, you would get that for something around 14k. By half the price, I meant half of 50k etc which is asked for some Sansui AU models. The amps mentioned above are a few of the models which some audio enthusiast along with me auditioned and concluded. Creek 4040, 4140 available for less than 20k, hard to find but. Audiolab 8000a, Arcam Delta 290 are others available for less than 25k. In my opinion are better option than going for the AU series for 50k .
 

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There are a few Pioneer A 400 put up for sale in olx. If you can get one in good condition, it is a great amplifier. Read some reviews in the net and you will get goosebumps. If quality sound is what you are looking for, forget the 217, get a A400 (just my opinion) . What I feel is that the 217, 317 etc initially will thrill you, but you will get tired of the sound pretty soon. A 400, you can listen to for hours without any fatigue or getting bored.
 

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There is one au 217 for sale on the forum.The owner is a gentleman.Buy from him.At 15 K the amp is steal.I controlled myself as I have AU 317 and AU 555 with me.
I have Parasound 2.1 and Jolida 1501 but 90 percent of my use is these sansui one.
AU 555 as Preamp and au 317 as power amp.
JBL 321 Bee speakers.
Sound fantabulus.
 
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