Pioneer SX-D7000 vs Sansui Z-9000

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by jgmacv, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. jgmacv

    jgmacv Fluroscan Lover

    Hello all. Which one of these receivers would you prefer? I know which I would keep if I could only have only one. Both receivers are rated at 120 wpc and were manufactured around the same time (SX-D7000 in 1981, the Z-9000 in 1982). Anyone owned either of these, or both, and your thoughts or\or opinions? Thanks! Attached a pic of my D7000 & Z-9000

  2. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man?

    I would go with the Pioneer, if for no other reason, because it has a regular volume knob. I hate those electronic volume controls.

    JVCULATR New Member

    The Pioneer - so much more class and so much better looking. Sadly, I havn't heard them, so on sound quality, I'm ignorant!
  4. EchoWars

    EchoWars Working a Deal in Denmark Subscriber

    That Sansui is an embarrassment to the name.

    DENNYDOG Addicted Member

    I have a D-7000 setup in my bedroom. Its a great sounding receiver. From what I have read it has basically the same amp section as the SA-9800 if that means anything to you. Nice solid tuner too.

    Can't say I have ever heard of anyone with that model Sansui.

    Here it is on top of my SX-1250 when I first got it to give a size comparison.

  6. jgmacv

    jgmacv Fluroscan Lover

    I trust your statement, but could you elaborate? Since this is my first Sansui--I have no other to compare it with. I do prefer the looks of my SX-D7000 much better. I didn't realize the faceplate of the Z-9000 was plastic, and the case is vinyl wrapped (cosmetic dissappointment). It doesn't seem to have the heft of the Pioneer, but the sound quality is not bad, and does have decent power. That is a nice looking 7000 DennyDog!
  7. EchoWars

    EchoWars Working a Deal in Denmark Subscriber

    OK. Elaboration forthcoming: It looks like a PoS, regardless of what it sounds like.

    Lots of manufacturers made some horrid-looking gear in the mid to late 80's. Here's proof that Sansui was not exempt.

    Which one to keep? It isn't even a contest. :no:
  8. superdog

    superdog AK Member Subscriber

    Even having never heard either the Pioneer hands down.Not even close as far as looks and class go.
  9. Damage

    Damage Super Member

    I've been looking for a Z-9000. But I wouldn't expect it to sound as good as my D7000.
  10. Robisme

    Robisme Sansui Enthusiast Subscriber

    You should.

    Unless the D7000 sounds way better than the SX-1050, SX-1250, or SA-9800,
    (I have rotated through these 3) then the Sansui should sound as good.

    I had a Sansui Z-5000X. 75 WPC 20-20K @ .007 THD, and it sounded very good. I last used it with my Polk RT-55i's and people used to comment on how "clear and detailed" it sounded.

    While I agree the build was horrible, the sound was not.

    I must add that I do not have it any more.

    I will also add that the D7000 is sweet looking, and I would pick it over the Z-9000 as well.

  11. Bigears

    Bigears Manager of my own day

    I had them both...I still have the SX-D7000 and the Z-9000 was worth far less than the $120 I got for it IMHO. The D7000 on one channel is still a keeper while the Sansui...I just hope you didn't pay too much for it. The Z-9000 is nothing to represent Sansui by. A more level comparison might be the SX-9 vs the Z-9000. Both POS with awful controls/displays.
  12. Damage

    Damage Super Member

    From what I have seen of the inside of an SX-9, via pictures that is, I must say, it's the same amp as the D7000.
  13. Damage

    Damage Super Member

    Funny you should say that. I find the SX-1080 I have to be somewhat lacking compared to the D7000.

    I heard a Z-7000 I think it was, or something along those lines, at a meet one time. Compared to my B&O and Mac-4100, it wasn't a much of a contender.

    Just saying. In this, my opinion doesn't mean squat, even to me.
  14. jgmacv

    jgmacv Fluroscan Lover

    Excellent input. I've always been Pioneer, but wanted to try other brands. Had a Yamaha CR-820, some Kenwoods and JVC. I'd never owned a Marantz or Sanusi. Back in the day, I'd never really liked the Sansui style (G models I'm thinking), because I thought they were too "clunky" looking, for lack of a better phrase. I suppose that's what it boiled down to for me, the look. Also, I'm attracted to the oddball and early 80s digital/compu stuff. I suppose I'll get over it.

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