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Sansui Eight

Solid-State AM/FM Stereo Tuner Amplifier (1970-74)

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Sansui Eight


The Sansui Model 8 features a high sensitivity front end utilising 3 expensive, low noise, dual-gated metal oxide silicon (MOS) FETs along with protector diodes for it's RF amplifiers and one mixer amplifier.

It also has a three IC amplifier for the heart of it's tuner section and a sharp cutting Multiplex carrier leak filter.

Other features include an FM muting switch and adjuster, an FM Linear scale, two large tuning meters and a FET AM tuning circuit.


  • Tuning range: FM, MW

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

    Frequency response: 10Hz to 40kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.3%

    Damping factor: 60

    Input sensitivity: 2mV (MM), 180mV (DIN), 180mV (line)

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

    Channel separation: 60dB (line)

    Output: 180mV (line), 30mV (DIN), 0.8V (Pre out)

    Speaker load impedance: 4Ω (minimum)

    Semiconductors: 5 x FET, 3 x IC, 77 x transistors, 41 x diodes, 4 x zener diodes

    Dimensions: 444 x 140 x 327mm

    Weight: 17kg

    Year: 1970

  • Tuning range: FM, MW

    Power output: 50 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 10Hz to 40kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.2%

    Damping factor: 60

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

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

    Channel separation: 50dB (MM), 50dB (line)

    Output: 100mV (line), 30mV (DIN), 0.8V (Pre out)

    Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

    Semiconductors: 3 x FET, 3 x IC, 85 x transistors, 44 x diodes, 4 x zener diodes

    Dimensions: 447 x 140 x 328mm

    Weight: 16.2kg


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Reviewed Jan 14th, 2020 by Scamman

Bought my Sansui eight deluxe in July of 1974. Have used it thru the years but sparingly. Set it up in our new place with the Jensen model # 5's purchased same year. Had to replace the 12 inch woofers with poly cone JBL's and it all sounds great ! Only problem I have is from time to time when first turned on if driven hard (loud) it will pop -- volume drops and then back to normal and OK rest of time. Love this thing and would like to fix but seems like a small problem? Anybody got any info or ideas ??

Reviewed Mar 04th, 2018 by hellene

It is truly amazing how superb the Eight Deluxe is. It can hold its own against amplifiers and receivers that one would not expect to be so.
If you are fortunate enough to own one, cherish it. If not, make it a goal to get one.
BTW, it does surpass the regular Eight, whether some like it or not. It does have top build quality, looks and performance.
Get one, close your eyes, and listen!

Reviewed Apr 07th, 2015 by LLEI

An amazing classic, the eight was advertised at the time as 'the engineers receiver' and by looking at the inside of my unit I can feel this is quite true.

No cost compromise was taken at all, engineers were just given the task to build the best they could think of.

Awesome finishing even in parts that would remain hidden to the eye. Really first class sound even today. Get one if you are an engineer or like things well done.

Reviewed Feb 25th, 2015 by canadapuck

Load it up with your favourite critical listening speakers and enjoy the punch and dimension of a true classic. Full and clinical while still being intimate, this receiver is one to cherish.



re: Eight

I worked as service manager in the early '70s for a dealership that sold the Eight. We referred to it as the poor man's McIntosh, and it was a fantastic receiver. It had an SCR crowbar speaker protection circuit, and a lot of other neat features. We saw only one or two of these for warranty repairs. Wish I had purchased one back in the day.

re: Eight Deluxe

Many thanks to AKAI 70s for posting a nice version of the Eight Deluxe Owners Manual.

re: Eight Deluxe

On behalf of all those who are in the same situation, I am appealing to all members and to the proud owners of the remarkable Eight Deluxe to help in locating a good copy of the Owners Manual which can be reproduced and posted here for the use of all.
Although they are unusually rare, they do exist, and should be shared in the spirit of preserving the excellence of vintage stereo sound and the equipment which so beautifully reproduces it. Thank you.

re: Eight Deluxe

Operating Instructions uploaded today. Enjoy.

re: Eight Deluxe

Hello, everyone.
I also am the proud owner of a pristine, all original Eight Deluxe, which I love.
I join all those who are requesting that someone submit a full copy of the Owner's Manual for the Eight Deluxe. It seems to be unavailable anywhere for some inexplicable reason.
Many greetings to all.

re: Eight

Hello, it would be very helpful if someone could add an owners' manual to this page for the SANSUI DELUXE 8.......Thank you !!

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re: Eight

The schematics are erroneous - they are Eight Deluxue, not the first gen 8. Anyone have the first gen eight schematics? Thanks!

Sansui Eight Deluxe

Sansui Eight Deluxe Manuals would be very nice to have at this site.

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