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Old 08-24-2007, 11:39 PM
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Smile Sansui 661 Thrift Store Find

I picked up this Sansui 661 today for 30.00. Seemed a little high on the price but it is pretty clean inside and out and sounds good. Anyone have one of these?
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:42 PM
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30 bones in that condition?

You did good! Nice little 20 something wpc. I had a 551 that was 15wpc and it was a great little receiver. I think the xx1 series is very under appreciated.
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Nice score...looks clean and since it sounds good, that makes it outstanding. We tend to forget how much folks are paying for low current junk that sounds like crap these days...viva Sansui.
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I picked up this Sansui 661 today for 30.00. Seemed a little high on the price but it is pretty clean inside and out and sounds good. Anyone have one of these?
You did fine! It's 27 watts/ch and an average resale of $33 from eBay (people have paid up to $100) -- a very nice Sansui indeed.

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Wife picked it out of all the Sui receivers I have to be placed in the entertainment system in living room (her domain). She said it has a "look" she likes. Its been there over 3 years now, hooked up to a pair of Bose 301's.

The xx1 receivers are very under rated. They have a lot of soul for such a small package.
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I have a 771(slightly bigger brother) that sounds very nice. I think this
series(have heard an 881 as well) is pretty nice, and as stated by others, a bit underappreciated.
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Old 08-25-2007, 12:22 PM
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I recently found one of those, mine was stamped "DEMO" on the back panel.
Great receiver, and yes the XX1 series are underappreciated, except the TOTL 881, which has gone up in price for very good examples on the auction site.
With efficient speakers you won't need megawattage anyway, and they are underated as all the vintage Sansui units were.
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Just picked up a 661 at a thrift store for $10. Works well but the only light that comes on is the stereo light. Sounds great anyway and is in near mint cosmetic condition. Possibly the best $10 I've ever spent. Still kind of bummed about the lights though. Oh well.
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Sansui's are always a nice find. Way to go.
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I have one of these that I could never sort out.
The DC offset seems to jump all over the place and even though I have the manual it cannot be adjusted.
It played fine though.
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I have one of these that I could never sort out.
The DC offset seems to jump all over the place and even though I have the manual it cannot be adjusted.
It played fine though.
FWIW I don't have the manual, but the 551 manual shows capacitor coupled (771 direct). If they have couling capacitors, there won't be an offset adjustment and dc should go to zero quickly with any load - speakers or headphones.
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lovely receivers...the 661 has a nice sound, bit brighter compared to some of sansui's other gear..definitely a keeper!
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FWIW I don't have the manual, but the 551 manual shows capacitor coupled (771 direct). If they have couling capacitors, there won't be an offset adjustment and dc should go to zero quickly with any load - speakers or headphones.
Crap! I've been trying to adjust it without any load.
Could this be the reason the voltage is jumping around? My friend owned it and it sounded fine. I only noticed this when I attempted to adjust the bias and offset.
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Crap! I've been trying to adjust it without any load.
Could this be the reason the voltage is jumping around? My friend owned it and it sounded fine. I only noticed this when I attempted to adjust the bias and offset.
Get the service manual, I set mine recently, no load required...
Hifiengine has the manual for free.
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