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hifi13
06-25-2009, 01:28 AM
Hi all,

I would like your opinions for a bit of a dilemma I am having over deciding on two receivers. One is a Sansui R-70 which is $40 and the other is a Sansui G5700. Just curious if anyone has either of these two and what the sound is like. Basically are they worth it or not. Ultimately the R-70 is what I can afford right now, but all opinions are appreciated.

Dan-O

westend
06-25-2009, 01:41 AM
The G5700 is a monster. The R-70 is a well behaved adult.
The G series are noted for the big bass front presented and a very liquid midsection. I've had the G-4700, G-5000, G-6000 and thought they were near the epitome of vintage solid state receivers. I like them better then the DB-x0x0 series. I think there is a little more punch with the G series.

ericson38
06-25-2009, 08:51 AM
I have had an R50 since new, and replaced it with a G5700 about 2 years ago, since I could not afford that series in 1977 (an Air Force E2 paycheck back then was pretty small). Sold the R50.

No comparison with the R30-50-70 line and the G 4700-5700, for instance.

The R line was DC coupled though, and the R50 was no slouch. Build quality of the X700 line is much better than the R line. The only weakness of the X700 line is the digital display board (for station information and signal strength). Mine went out finally.

Go for the 5700, you will like it.

Robisme
06-25-2009, 12:14 PM
An R-70 sold on E-bay for twice that. For $40 it might be worth checking out.
It has the cheesy particle board bottom, and a so-so build.

That said, I would get the G-5700. I have had one and still have a G-871DB.

Rob

dr*audio
06-25-2009, 12:31 PM
I repaired many of the R series receivers when they were new. They are junk. Don't waste any money on one. Save your money and buy a G series receiver. G6000 or higher is what you want.

superdog
06-25-2009, 01:53 PM
I have an R-50.Doing duty in my grandsons bedroom.I would not think they are near the quality of the G series.Nowhere near the earlier quality in sound IMO.Good starter setup for him though.

hifi13
06-26-2009, 06:25 PM
I took the R-70 for $25 simply due to finances. Not bad little amp, a little bright in the top end. I am off to a vintage audio sale tomorrow to see what I can find as well. Hopefully find something like you guys have suggested.

Thanks,
Dan

ericson38
06-26-2009, 08:53 PM
Thats a good price actually if it is all working. Stronger than the R-50 I had for 30 years. It drove a pair of Yamaha NS 670s for long periods of time with no complaints. You did good.

jkrahling
06-27-2009, 10:15 PM
I Just bought a Stone Mint R-70 - It is an example of the relative demise of Sansui in the late 70's however it does push enough power to blow your next door neighbor away and it does hold some history in that Sansui completely skrewed up there product management looking to go with a smaller chassis and equal crap Taiwan stuff.

I do like the Amp though it is unusual....

superdog
06-28-2009, 12:55 AM
Even though these models were part of the demise of the real Sansui sound they sound better than some of the competitions offerings of the same period that I have heard.

cwall99
07-08-2009, 03:36 PM
Always have loved the sound I got from my G-4700. 30 years later and it's still cranking. Like they used to say in the old Highland Appliance commercial, "50 watts per channel, babycakes"

Quagh
07-12-2009, 10:27 PM
Is a mint g5700 worth 200?

lha1992
07-12-2009, 10:35 PM
Is a mint g5700 worth 200?

No it is not. The G5700 was built when the quality of electronics were going down. Plus, the G5700 is a BOTL unit (bottom of the line).

And this is the wrong forum to post value questions in. You must post value questions in the DOLLARS and SENSE forum. You don't want the moderators to get mad!

Quagh
07-12-2009, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the reply. Since you're a Kenny type guy, there is a local guy here in Charlotte that has a 9600 for 350 bucks. FYI

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/ele/1261835825.html

Moderators have to earn their pay tho's don't they?!

Peace.

Robisme
07-12-2009, 11:50 PM
Well, it's not BOTL. The G-4700 was.

The G-5700 is a nice 75 WPC receiver.

If you found a mint in box with all paperwork G-5700, it might be worth $200 to someone.

I did a shoot out between the tuner in the G-5700 and a TU-517.

The G-5700 has a very good tuner in it.

I would think a nice one would be worth about $100.

Rob

PS. This thread should be moved.

Quagh
07-13-2009, 07:43 AM
Yeah I was wondering about that BOTL comment from other posts I had read.

I was also curious as to how much more (or less) bulletproof these were compared to the same era's Pioneers. My various Pioneers, (except the 880) all have failed at various times, various reasons. Since this Sanny was mint in box I was hoping that I may have fewer issues with it than the 'Neers. 75wpc is fine for my son or my garage or spare bedroom anyway. If I want more power I can use my sx 1010 or sx 3900.

Any comments re: reliability for Sanny and parts availability?

Move it if you must Mr Moderator!

dr*audio
07-13-2009, 07:55 AM
Yeah I was wondering about that BOTL comment from other posts I had read.

I was also curious as to how much more (or less) bulletproof these were compared to the same era's Pioneers. My various Pioneers, (except the 880) all have failed at various times, various reasons. Since this Sanny was mint in box I was hoping that I may have fewer issues with it than the 'Neers. 75wpc is fine for my son or my garage or spare bedroom anyway. If I want more power I can use my sx 1010 or sx 3900.

Any comments re: reliability for Sanny and parts availability?

Move it if you must Mr Moderator!

A Pioneer SX-1010 would be more reliable than a Sansui G-5700, in that it would be more robust; harder to blow up the amplifier by playing it loud with the bass turned up. Otherwise, if used in a conservative manner; controls set flat, never turned up loud enough to distort, there would be no difference in reliability. In fact, Pioneers have problems with the transistors in the power supply heating up and desoldering themselves, and Sansuis don't have this problem. All parts, except for cabinet parts and controls are available as generic substitutes. Transistors are transistors and capacitors are capacitors.