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Sansui AU-217

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1977-80)

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Sansui AU-217


The Sansui AU-217 is a value for money 40 watt, stereo integrated amplifier with MM phono input and single tape loop.

It has excellent phono equalisation and high precision pre-amplifier controls.


  • Power output: 30 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 10Hz to 50kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.06%

    Damping factor: 80

    Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

    Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MM), 94dB (line)

    Channel separation: 65dB (MM), 68dB (line)

    Output: 150mV (line)

    Speaker load impedance: 8Ω (minimum)

    Semiconductors: 30 x transistors, 21 x diodes

    Dimensions: 430 x 110 x 340mm

    Weight: 8.4kg

    Year: 1978

  • Power output: 40 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.06%

    Dimensions: 482 x 110 x 347mm

    Weight: 8.3kg

    Year: 1980


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Reviewed Nov 24th, 2019 by

After hearing my “new” tt Pionner 512 on old yamaha, my NAD 304, sound flat. I have nad for 15 years, and realy enjoy in music with. But after Old punchy Yamaha i start to digging web. I find very good review of sansui, and find something what i can buy, and wow. What a diference!?! Sound is amazing. Very pleasent, acurate, is not soft, but easy to lisen. Beter dinamics, beautifull highs, mids, bass. All sounds vibrant, with more details. I must hear loth of my lp colection, becose all sounds far better. I like my old nad, but this is real good upgrade. Power is “only” 30w but realy power and loud if it need. I must go lower with bass on fantastic adjustment. It is paired with Pioneer tt 512, and Celestion ditton three speakers
Good buy! Sorry for terrorizing, maby is yet to fresh in house

Reviewed Feb 06th, 2018 by

Just got a Pristine au-217. Replacing my upstairs amp, Akai Am2600. Astounding difference in detail, warmth and musicality. Sansui has half the watts and twice the quality of sound.

Reviewed Oct 20th, 2017 by

Love it, listen for hours every day, sounds great.



re: AU-217

This is a great little amp (big in sound).If you can find one in mint condition you'll be impressed by it's accurate sound.I'll confess that I've been messing around with Quads,vintage Marantz,Revox,Apt-Holman,etc.and this amp really impresses me and it's the one I've kept....nearly perfect for a 100ft square room.
Works better with 10' or 12' woofers on your speakers.I use it with a pair of Advent Legacy III and it sounds perfect to my ears.If you want a more softer sound of same quality and punch go for the AU-317,also a beauty.These amps and all the AU series were developed while Mr.Takeshi Nakamichi was president of Sansui.I don't know if he has any relation with the excellent products of the 80's golden period of the Nakamichi brand.

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Replacing Electrolytic capacitors in a Sansui AU-217 (not MKii)

I am planning on replacing the electrolytic capacitors in this unit, it is making a static clicking sound, so I unhooked it before it burned out. I understand it is the caps as they wear-out over time and this unit is about 35 years old, this seems to be a common problem. I have limited knowledge of electronics, but am learning more.

Does anybody have a service manual for this unit that lists all of the caps. The one I have ony list (11) caps there seems to be a lot more I was looking only to replace the electrolytic ones.

What is a good brand? I have been looking and matching the current ones to Elna, Nichicon, Mundorf, and Cornell.

Has anybody increased the mfd of the power filter caps, I was thinking of either 10,000 or 12,000 mfd 50 to 80Volt range; would this help anything or should I stay with the 6,800 50Volt ones?

re: Replacing Electrolytic capacitors in a Sansui AU-217 ...

Did you eventually recap your AU-217? If so please describe.


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