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Sansui 881

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1974-76)

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Sansui 881


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 60 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 30kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.3%

Damping factor: 45

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (mic), 2.5mV (MM), 100mV (DIN), 100mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 70dB (MM), 80dB (line)

Channel separation: 45dB (MM), 45dB (line)

Output: 100mV (line), 30mV (DIN)

Dimensions: 480 x 135 x 300mm

Weight: 13.2kg

Year: 1974


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Reviewed Jun 25th, 2019 by TracePick

Have had this one owner beauty for about 6 months now. Blew my nice digital Onkyo away. Bought an 8080 and I’m keeping the 881. I have to leave the room for the noise before it distorts my Boston T-830’s. A steal of a vintage machine

Reviewed Mar 11th, 2019 by sturner

60wt per channel easily powers my Infinity floor standing speakers. Good fm

Reviewed Nov 23rd, 2018 by CHONGAC

Recently, I got a taste of SANSUI's range of 1970s vintage tuner-amplifiers with the SANSUI 800 bought at a second hand store. Before I got round to thoroughly reviewing it, another SANSUI collector bought it off me. Then I found a restored 881 on eBay whose seller was willing to modify the speaker terminals to the modern Banana-type receptacles. No regrets paying a premium for it! It re-presented every piece of music I played through it in new light. Three words come to mind: LIVING PRESENCE STEREO as some LPs from the 1970s once proclaimed. The transformer on this one is the size of a large fist. The music: transparent, musical and tugs at your ears emotionally. Pianos sounded exactly as if you were there at the recording venue. Vocals were projected very warmly and the singer 'standing' roughly where the amplifier sat. Its 60 watts will drive any speaker as it sounded more like 90 Watts to me, as only Sansui productions can! Get hold of one if you are into vintage HiFi. You will not regret it.

Reviewed Sep 18th, 2018 by MacMillan

The Beast...! that's what I nicknamed this beauty..!!! ...it's a heavy weight contender with beautiful blue green lighting....at first upon lifting it you realize this is no ordinary receiver...it is heavy....!!!
...after setting up you know you are in for a treat....and I have never been disappointed. the sound is amazing....almost tube like...mellow and easy to listen to...I'm pleased I still have this 44 year old receiver....only thing I have ever had to do was replace the lights with LEDS....

Reviewed Feb 26th, 2018 by Resistance Is Futile

I bought my 881 new, 44 years ago and I still use it daily. It's a solid, heavy monster piece of kit. Along with my graphic equaliser and a decent pair of ADS speakers, it pumps out enough bass to rattle the windows. I've never heard anything better.

Reviewed Mar 21st, 2014 by blancda

Have owned this receiver for 5 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have only turned it off a few times, otherwise it has been powered on the entire time and no issues other than 2 bulbs burned out. Minor bleed through of audio channels through the selector, but I don't expect perfection from a 38 year old piece. Here's to many more years of service!



re: 881

Why buy a $10000 amplifier if old one provides very good sound such as 881 or 5050 I have heard recently?

re: 881

I've been using a refurbished Sansui 881 I purchased two years ago and I still love it. It is so powerful, easily powers my BW CM bookshelfs with clean power. It is very musical and warm. I will say I used the phonostage for about 6 months but went back to my Schiit Mani because the Sansui stage was very warm and was missing the details the Schiit has. So right now I have the tube like warmth of my Sansui with the detail retrieval of the Schiit. Love this receiver, just wish I didn't have to use pin connectors. Any other suggestions?

re: 881

Plenty connection adapters for $1 on eBay.

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