What does Sansui mean?

What does Sansui mean?


Sansui was founded in 1947 in Tokyo Japan.  Started as a transformer manufacturer, Sansui produced various audio products for more than fifty years.  In its heydays, somewhere between the late 1970’s and the mid 1980’s, Sansui was well known brand all over the world.

The name “Sansui” means “Mountain and Water.”  The implicit appreciation of “Sansui” goes back more than thousand years to the ancient China.  That was black ink drawings which depict nature, such as trees, rocks, and streams.

A Japanese Zen monk named Sesshu who was eager to learn this technique went to China that was in Ming dynasty period.  After several years of visit, he came back to Japan and developed his own version of “Sansui” drawing.  Sesshu tried to mix his Zen philosophy into the simplicity of “Sansui” drawing.  He passed away at the age of 83 in 1503 leaving many master pieces and left fundamental influences on Japanese culture.  The meaning of strength and simplicity in black and white is far beyond the level of just drawing techniques.   Almost all ancient Japanese culture has been somehow influenced by this philosophy.

When the founders of the transformer company named their company as Sansui, they must have thought about the philosophy of “Sansui” drawings, and its fundamental meanings; strength and simplicity of black ink drawing on white paper for the purpose of depicting nature mixing with value of your life.

The most of Sansui master pieces have black front panel with white lettering.  Just imagine the looks of AU-111, AU-999, AU-9500, AU-9900, AU-919, AU-G99X, AU-X901, AU-X1, to AU-X1111 as well as the piano black, SR929.  Even 9090DB comes with black panel under the different name, 990DB.

After Sansui retreated from the U.S. market in the late 1980’s, Sansui still kept producing some master pieces under “Alpha series” until 2001 when Sansui closed the corporate head quarters in Shin -Yokohama.  The irony is that Sansui peaked its reputation in the tube gear era with AU-111, followed by the incredible array of solid state equipments, and lost its presence in high end audiophile right after reviving AU-111 as AU-111 Vintage in 1999.

This site, “the Best of SANSUI”, concentrates on only some of significant products including the very rare master pieces sold outside of the U.S, such as later “Alpha Series.”  There is no intension or purpose of replacing the de facto sites, such as “classicsansui.com” or “retroaudio.ru.”  Those prominent sites have already established their own place in Sansui’s long history.  Without them, this site might not have been existed.

The purpose of “The best of Sansui” is to explore Sansui’s history from the beginning to the end by giving some special focus on selected master pieces.


Sansui AU-888

Before treatment… and after!

Once upon a time, Sansui was a mere transformer manufacturer.  It was natural progress that Sansui started manufacturing amplifiers and tuners in its early history.  In the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s, Sansui had developed a sense of mission to be a world class audiophile manufacture.  That was the reason that Sansui introduced the first pre-main (integrated) tube amplifier SM-88 in Japan.  Sansui introduced only two more tube integrated amplifiers, AU-70 and AU-111, before they moved forward to the solid state silicon transistor amplifier, AU-777 in 1967.

From 1967 to 1970, Sansui introduced the array of the single number three digits integrated amplifiers.  They were AU-222, AU-333, AU-555, AU-666, AU-777, AU-888, and AU-999 followed by improved versions; AU-555A and AU-777D.  The sound of this series was very close to that of tube amps.  Even mixing with tube amplifiers with frequency divided multi-power amps system, it sounded natural.

What does Sansui mean?

Arena T-2600


Circuito Supereterodina (in generale)Superhet – normally without a preamplification stage (as far as known). Please use «To add informations to model» if you know more! Thanks.
Récepteur TSF superhétérodyne. Normalement sans préamplification de HF.
Superhet ohne Vorstufe.
Nicht immer war bei der Erfassung klar, ob der Empfänger eine Vorstufe aufweist oder nicht. Im Zweifelsfall kam das Gerät in diese Kategorie.
N. di circuiti accordati
Gamme d’onda Onde medie (OM), onde lunghe, 2 onde corte e FM.LW, MW/BC, two SW plus FM (long-, medium-, short waves plus FM). GO (OL), PO (OM), 2 fois OC et MF (onde ultra-courte, bande FM ou MF).
LW, MW, 2 x KW und UKW.
Kann zwei unterteilte KW Bereiche bedeuten – z.B. 16-25 und 31-49m-Band oder KW durchgehend plus gespreiztes 49m-Band – selten aber auch einfach KW-Lupe (Spreizung mit separater Bedienung).
Tensioni di funzionamento Alimentazione a corrente alternata (CA) / 110; 130; 220; 234 VoltAC set plus voltage range.
/ = 2 different voltages
– = voltage from-to
* = «Special»
Apparareil à courant alternatif. Tensions mentionnées.
/ = 2 Spannungswahlen
– = von-bis
* = Fabrikwahl/«Spezial»
Trafo ist nicht immer mit Primär- undSekundärwicklungen versehen. Dadurch kann das Chassis ein gefährlichesPotential führen.
Altoparlante/potenza d’uscita – Senza altoparlante (esterno o non necessario)This set has no built-in loudspeaker. It requires a separate loudspeaker or headset – or the set has no speaker output (not a radio).
Cet appareil n`a pas d`haut-parleur.
Das Gerät verfügt nicht über einen eingebauten Lautsprecher – entweder weil er nicht nötig ist (Gerät hat keine Tonwiedergabe) oder weil er separat zu stellen ist – bzw. das Gerät ist für Kopfhörerbetrieb.
http://www.radiomuseum.org Model: Alpha Stereo T-2600 Materiali Mobile in legnoWooden case. Most radios have a wooden cabinet until the WW2. Caisse en bois.
Die meisten Heim-Rundfunkempfänger führen von Beginn an bis etwa Ende 60er Jahre Holz als Gehäuse. Auch frühe Reiseempfänger zeigen Holz (speziell in den 20er Jahren) oder Holz mit Stoffüberzug etc.
Forma Apparecchio per ripiani a scaffale (come i componibili HiFi).
Dimensioni (LxAxP) 400 x 145 x 210 mm / 15.7 x 5.7 x 8.3 inch
Transistor 40:
Annotazioni The Arena model Stereo T-2600 and T-2700 feature “Pre-O-Mat-Tuning”: Push-button tuning on the FM band, 5 favourite programmes may be pretuned and can then be selected by merely pressing a button. Built-in AFC (automatic frequency control) which locks-in stations and keeps them in tune secures maximum benefit of the Pre-O-Mat. The T2600 has almost the same specifications as the T2700 (two silicon transistors less, measurement 500 x 92 x 248 mm), but it is a complete radio receiver, with short (FB = 1600-4400 kHz (incl. tropic band) and KB = 5800-6300 kHz = 49 m), medium (MB), long-wave (LB), and FM bands. 2 x 20 watts sine-wave on 3.2 ohms. 2 MOSFETs for RF tuner transistors on FM, 38 silicons, 26 diodes.. FM = diode tuning. Built-in tuning meter. Cabinet in Teak, rosewood, light oak.
Peso netto 6.5 kg / 14 lb 5 oz (14.317 lb)

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