View Full Version : What's your opinion on the best Sansui speakers ever made???


SoCal Life
05-29-2008, 06:54 PM
I'm really new to Sansui so I want to get an idea of what I should be keeping an eye out for. I'm thinking that for my home the SP-3500 would be pretty damn sweet, but I'd love to know what all of you think, so post your opinion on the best speakers that Sansui ever produced.

bluesky
05-29-2008, 08:20 PM
Hi. I have 2 pair of SP-2000s. One pair sound perfect. The NOS pair need to have the crossovers rebuilt. I love the sound of SP-2000s. Great highs, mids, and base. At least mine have a very nice healthy bass. Many of the guys here like 3500s but I am really totally pleased with the 2000s with the alnico drivers. I have always liked alnico drivers, "that" alnico sound!

Also...I recently got a pair of AS-100s. HTG, they blow me away. The sound is simply wonderful. I'm lookin for a pair of AS-300s now, the top of the AS (acoustic suspension) line.

Which is better? Both the SP (ported) and the AS are differented animals. Totally different sound. I can truthfully say that the AS series sounds simply beautiful!!

budgetaudio6
05-29-2008, 08:38 PM
i have a pair of sp 60 bookshelf speakers. they sound great. doesnt go as low as id like. but no problem. subs and mains fill right in. they go great with acoustic music.

AU20K
05-29-2008, 09:42 PM
I have some sp 2000s and some sp2500x (or spx2500) hmmm, gettin old I guess. I love them both, but prefer the 2500s. I think from what I remember about the 3500s is that they will be more of what the 2000s are.

All them "kabukis" is wunnerful, jus wunnerful.

DENNYDOG
05-29-2008, 10:58 PM
From what I've read the SP-5500's are the ones to look out for but I don't think Sansui sold many.

LBPete
05-30-2008, 12:40 AM
I may be committing heresy here. Sansui made great electronics but speakers were never their strong suit. There are much better speakers available for the money.

- Pete

SPL db
05-30-2008, 01:07 AM
I passed on a pair of Sansui SP-7000s today at a Goodwill.

Looked to be in pretty good shape over all, just that speakers
are one area that I'm not lacking in.

Scott

jpdylon
05-30-2008, 01:25 AM
I thought that sansui speakers were not all that great. However upon hearing the AS series, I think they compete well with the advents and ARs of the same period.

Give some AS-200 or AS-300 a listen. I think you'll like what you hear.

nosirrah
05-30-2008, 12:27 PM
I agree with my friend LBPete on most things, but not this subject.
Sansui did make great sounding speakers, but we need to know what you will drive them with....
My personal favorites are the ancient SP 300's. They have a single horn midrange, 2 horn tweets, and a 12 inch woofer. They are not capable of high power {I think 40 watts max}
In applications where 4 speakers will be used I like the SP 1700's.
Another Sansui to watch are the LM series, crappy vinyl cabinets but the "Linear Motion" drivers sound very good to me.
Casey

cfranz
05-30-2008, 12:53 PM
I passed on a pair of Sansui SP-7000s today at a Goodwill.

Looked to be in pretty good shape over all, just that speakers
are one area that I'm not lacking in.

Scott

Heck, pick em up. I'll be driving through to Omaha to Lincoln one of these days. Might have to stop at the guy who fixes dual TTs in Des Moines. :thmbsp:

Stene
05-30-2008, 01:58 PM
Seems like you all forgot SPL-Series (SPL-700/800/1000) One of the best Sansui made.

SPL db
05-30-2008, 02:29 PM
Heck, pick em up. I'll be driving through to Omaha to Lincoln one of these days. Might have to stop at the guy who fixes dual TTs in Des Moines. :thmbsp:

If you're serious, shoot me a PM, they were pretty cheap.

Scott

nosirrah
05-31-2008, 10:52 AM
Seems like you all forgot SPL-Series (SPL-700/800/1000) One of the best Sansui made.

Hey Stene, I only passed those over because I haven't come across a set ....yet...:thmbsp:
Casey

SoCal Life
06-03-2008, 08:59 PM
I thought that sansui speakers were not all that great. However upon hearing the AS series, I think they compete well with the advents and ARs of the same period.

Give some AS-200 or AS-300 a listen. I think you'll like what you hear.

Nice e30 you got there!! And you live in La Mesa?! Join the club www.socale30.com

I have a mint original '90 M3 - Alpine/Blk

and here is my '88 325is

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f221/aruisenor/Events/DSC04524.jpg

SoCal Life
06-04-2008, 12:50 AM
Sansui did make great sounding speakers, but we need to know what you will drive them with....


Right now I have a 9090DB, but on the way I have a TU-5900 that I will match up with an AU-5900 or 7900.

The 9090DB will most likely be in the garage with the big speakers for parties and the TU/AU will be the living room setup. I need big speakers for the garage and nice clean decently big speakers for the living room.

Switchblade
06-04-2008, 01:22 AM
I have a set of Sansui SP-X6000 speakers which I picked up for $20.00 each. The only way to describe the sound is smooth. Plenty of bass too!

nosirrah
06-05-2008, 01:47 AM
Right now I have a 9090DB, but on the way I have a TU-5900 that I will match up with an AU-5900 or 7900.

The 9090DB will most likely be in the garage with the big speakers for parties and the TU/AU will be the living room setup. I need big speakers for the garage and nice clean decently big speakers for the living room.

The 9090 will make a set of SP 3500's sing!
In the house, go with any from about Sp 1200 to Sp 1700...or even Sp 2500.
If you can find them a set of Sp 300's would sound great inside, but the 9090 has too much power for them, easy to blast the drivers out of the grills.
Casey

Arkay
06-05-2008, 02:11 AM
Here is a good place to research Sansui speaker models:
http://www.sansui.us/Speakers.htm


Sansui --like many Japanese brands-- sold most of their best models in the Japanese domestic market. Keep an eye out on Japan Yahoo, and you might get lucky enough to find a pair of better ones. You'll have to bid/buy through one of the intermediary companies, though, as 90+ percent of Japanese sellers won't deal in English and won't sell internationally.

That said, other brands have better TOTL models for no more money, so unless you are trying to make a "brand consistent" system, I'd consider other speakers before Sansuis. Sansui amps, yes. :thmbsp: Sansui speakers, well, maybe...

coralsea
06-05-2008, 03:30 AM
One of the Sansui's speaker system which is worth buying is the SANSUI SP-2002.
I heard it once. Sounds great!:thmbsp:


good place to research Sansui speaker models
You may also try this page:
http://www.audio-heritage.jp/SANSUI/speaker/index.html
( in japanese mostly)

newlondon88
06-06-2008, 05:52 AM
I have a pair of SP X2u speakers but I can't find any info on them.
They look similar to the SP-x3U's shown on the Sansui US page,
but not quite. They don't seem to come up in a websearch, either.
I'm trying to find any info I can on them. Any ideas?

Aage
06-06-2008, 08:52 AM
I thought that sansui speakers were not all that great. However upon hearing the AS series, I think they compete well with the advents and ARs of the same period.

Give some AS-200 or AS-300 a listen. I think you'll like what you hear.

+1

I love the way the SP ones look, all that nice grillwork, but for listening to in a home environment, the AS series were Sansui's best. Especially if you have a "live" room.

j31088
06-06-2008, 09:02 AM
you might like the sp5500x or 7500x. it doesnt take much power to make them sound huge and if you do have large power they will really pound. I dont know if many people like them but i have four sp7500x hooked to a 9090db with pre-out to a 8080db and they hit hard and clear for about $150.pr.

slow_jazz
06-06-2008, 09:07 AM
I always liked the grilles on Sansui speakers with the X cross wood work.

Not sure if it blocked any sound but it looked great.

johnnybaba
06-07-2008, 03:36 PM
what can u say about sp-x9700?is it worth to buy?

Switchblade
06-07-2008, 04:19 PM
Those are one step from the top of the line Sansui. If you can get 'em at a good price grab 'em. Those huge woofers should sound great.

SDA SRS 1.2
06-07-2008, 04:30 PM
I think the X9700's were the top model in '79 or '80. I have the X9000's which were the TOTL for '78. Despite the 16" woofers they're a bit shy in the bass dept. since the cabinet is too small for that large woofer. A little equalization to boost them works wonders for these speakers! :)

Switchblade
06-07-2008, 05:44 PM
The top of the line was the X9900 series.

BrandXRC
06-07-2008, 11:52 PM
I don't think the SPX9900 came out until 1981...

catch 22
06-08-2008, 01:30 AM
I have a pair of SP-X8700's that sound pretty good with an 890 or Marantz 2240b. SP-3500's sound real good to me.

Endspec
06-08-2008, 03:35 PM
I have a pair of sp-3500's and have tryed seveal ss amps on them like kenwood, marantz and pioneer and none of them sound as good as my sansui 500A on them and at 5 bucks for the pair best for the money in the house.

koseltri
06-09-2008, 09:00 PM
I have had, or do have:

SP-3000's
SP-X8000's
SP-X8700's
SP-Z9 II's

of these, the 3000's and Z9 II's were/are the best. The X8000's were good as well. There may be something wrong with the X8700's, they are WAY off. I know a guy with a pair of 2500's just sitting. Going to grab them one of these days, he says he'll sell 'em to me.

bumperboy
06-09-2008, 09:58 PM
I know nothing of the 70's Sansui speakers. I have two sets of 80's versions.

I have a set of S-750 speakers. Came with the cabinet set that included the A-505 amp.
They are 85watts. 3way, 12"woofer, etc

Most would say: They are cheap and nasty.
I say: Yes they are made to the budget/era that was 1983. But they sound great..... They really do work with their Sansui siblings .

Sansui seem to suit some brands, but not others.
They are lacking when hooked to my NAD 7045.
I tried them with with a Cambridge Audio 540R and they sounded strangled. A set of BA A-150/A60 do duty there.

They sound wonderful with my Sherwood receiver collection! Same goes with my Onkyo A-7050!!
I have hooked them to various other Sansui amps/rec's such as: AU-101, AU-505, AU-6500, 331, 771 and each time they sounded very loud, lively and crisp all round. I also have a set of S-55's and it's the same deal with them.

Funny... Take the A-505 away from it's speakers and replace them with another brand and it sounds very very ordinary. It's matching speakers are it's key.

budgetaudio6
06-09-2008, 11:02 PM
anyone ever open these speakers up? idid a couple of weeks back. woofers had huge magnets. will open more of them to try and clean the contacts.

SoCal Life
06-11-2008, 02:19 AM
Thanks everyone!

I really like the SP-3500's!! I stopped by someone's place who is selling a perfectly mint set for $150, unfortunately they are just not a fit for my living room. To much brown wood, and I wouldn't dare have them painted ....maybe re-stained in a really dark cherry finish, ...hmmm

Anyway, there is a set of SP-Z77's available locally and I think I might just get them and see if I like them. I picked up a set of S-1117's for $50 and they are pretty sweet, but really big!!! I know they aren't the best but they sound good with some Punk and look prettty sweet.

I think I'll end up getting the SP-3500's for the garage cause as someone said earlier, i bet they would sound amazing with the 9090db!!

fabvsix
06-11-2008, 03:50 PM
I have a pair of SPX 9000 and SPX 9900 wired to my G33000 :thmbsp::thmbsp: regardless of what people here say about them and a pair of SP 5500 and a pair of 2700 wired to my G9000 in da garage:banana: and they sound wonderful! :yes::yes::smoke:

LairdMcDuff
06-11-2008, 05:11 PM
I agree with my friend LBPete on most things, but not this subject.
Sansui did make great sounding speakers, but we need to know what you will drive them with....
My personal favorites are the ancient SP 300's. They have a single horn midrange, 2 horn tweets, and a 12 inch woofer. They are not capable of high power {I think 40 watts max}
In applications where 4 speakers will be used I like the SP 1700's.
Another Sansui to watch are the LM series, crappy vinyl cabinets but the "Linear Motion" drivers sound very good to me.
Casey

I have SP-1000s, -1700s, -2000s and -7500s, and the -1700s are the best. I paired them with KLH Sixes, and they make a nice sound - sometimes switching between them. My son prefers the -1000s, though, even when paired with my Utah's. A recap may be in order for the Utah's.

mdaudioguy
10-30-2008, 07:36 PM
I have a pair of SP X2u speakers but I can't find any info on them.
They look similar to the SP-x3U's shown on the Sansui US page,
but not quite. They don't seem to come up in a websearch, either.
I'm trying to find any info I can on them. Any ideas?

I have a pair of SP-X2U's that I now use in my garage... Bought them in 1991 for $59 each, which I remember thinking was a steal, even at that time. They still sound great to me - about as close to full-range as a 2-way bookshelf can sound, IMHO.

Rockandblues
11-10-2008, 11:47 PM
I have a pair of sp2500's and a pair of sp3000's hooked to my qrx 6500 and the 2500's are pretty mellow, the 3000's are brighter with more bass, but ran together on A+B They really Sing!! My dad has a rough pair of spx9700's and they are loud but i don't like the sound as much as the earlier models. He also has a pair of sp5500x's and sp7500x's and they both sound good, but i much prefer the 7500's.

titanstats
11-11-2008, 01:09 AM
I still have a pair of two-piece SP-X11000 that I've slowly been refinishing (lol -- and I mean slowly!). Yeah, I know -- not original anymore, but the vinyl was thrashed, and looks like crap even when in good shape, IMHO. Why they covered their TOTL offering in crap-coloured vinyl is beyond me!

Sometime this winter they'll be finished, and I'm thinking they'll look a whole lot better in the new cherry veneer. :) Most of the work is done, just some detail work/small veneer pieces, and the finish to apply. They look nicer in real life than in these crappy pics, but notice their size next to the Altec 14s. :)

Pretty loud speakers and can take a whack of power. Now I just need a G33000 to go with 'em. :D

Roypercy
11-12-2008, 09:26 AM
Don't know about the best, but I'm really enjoying my "new" SP-1500's. Very detailed, and bass seems just fine. I'm looking forward to getting a chance to recap them as I think it can only improve the sound.

fabvsix
11-12-2008, 12:39 PM
I've always wanted a pair of those to go with my G33000.....:yes::yes:

I still have a pair of two-piece SP-X11000 that I've slowly been refinishing (lol -- and I mean slowly!). Yeah, I know -- not original anymore, but the vinyl was thrashed, and looks like crap even when in good shape, IMHO. Why they covered their TOTL offering in crap-coloured vinyl is beyond me!

Sometime this winter they'll be finished, and I'm thinking they'll look a whole lot better in the new cherry veneer. :) Most of the work is done, just some detail work/small veneer pieces, and the finish to apply. They look nicer in real life than in these crappy pics, but notice their size next to the Altec 14s. :)

Pretty loud speakers and can take a whack of power. Now I just need a G33000 to go with 'em. :D