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Selling my coveted Sansui AU-X1111 MOS VINTAGE integrated amp. This has been a real journey with this amp. I purchased it direct from Japan, but unfortunately Fedex dropped the unit on its face, shattering the front glass panel, bending the sub-frame and there was no output from one channel.
The unit was fully restored by the best vintage audio tech in Michigan (in my opinion. Check out the feedback for Cherish44 on ebay). Luckily, none of the special MOSFETS were damaged, but he had to repair the subframe, fix some damaged PCB traces on the tone board, reset all the bias pots (there are a lot of them on this unit) and fabricate a new glass faceplate. All the voltages were checked and the outputs thoroughly evaluated. The unit is now operating within new factory specs. The only thing missing is the silk-screen graphics on the glass plate. I did have a graphic artist friend make a vector-image file reproduction, but have not had it printed. I will provide this print file to the buyer of the unit.
I love this amp, and have more attachment to this than I even did to my Atma-Sphere MA-1, MK2 monoblocks. The sound is absolutely fantastic, and the looks are killer. The ONLY reason I am selling this unit is that I have been building my Tony Gee Andromeda MK2 speakers for a while, and have been running the upper cabinet as monitor speakers and had a Velodyne powered subwoofer to fill in the bass. However, I have completed the total speakers now, and they require a MINIMUM of 250wpc and the Sansui runs 110wpc and really can't drive these units fully. I wish I could afford to keep it, but it is being replaced with a Belles 28a preamp and a Spectron Musician III mk2 Signature Edition with V-Cap and Bybee purifier upgrades. This was an expensive upgrade and I need to recoup!
There are a couple scrapes on the top of the unit near the front, due to the shipping damage. These can be seen in the photo of the top. The back and sides are perfect. One knob had to be replaced and is slightly different, however it is a selector knob and if I didn’t tell you, you would never know.
This is a 100V Japanese domestic market product and will have to have a step-down transformer to use with it. I recommend purchase of a unit that is at least 1.0kva in order to provide enough current to run the unit effectively. I was running a Staco autoformer, and used it also to power the unit on/off in order to prevent any wear on the actual power button and also to provide more gentle on/off cycling to extend the life of the unit.
The head of Sansui's high-end department (when Sansui WAS high-end and in direct competition with McIntosh), Mr. Ichirou Ohshima, called this unit the "King of Sansui Integrated Amplifiers".
Unit will have all knobs removed for shipping, and will be double-boxed with many layers of strong packing foam (not popcorn) to insure that no harm will come to the unit in shipping. Unit weighs 78#, so I figure 90-95# packed weight. Of course, local pickup in West Michigan is welcome!
UPDATE: I just spoke with Cherish44, as he heard that I had the unit up for sale. He reminded me that all the lamps were also replaced and returned to factory specs. In addition, he suggested that I offer anyone who can to come and audition the unit so that any concerns over the repairs and shipping damage can be put to rest. So, I think this is a good idea, as the unit does sound absolutely fantastic, and looks to kill as well. If anyone would like, please contact me to set up a time to audition the unit. Weekends are best.
I have reduced the price, this is absolutely the lowest I can accept.