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Sansui G-5500

Pure Power DC Stereo Receiver (1978-80)

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Sansui G-5500


Tuning range: FM, MW

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

Frequency response: 5Hz to 50kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.03%

Damping factor: 50

Input sensitivity: 6mV (mic), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (DIN), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 78dB (MM), 95dB (line)

Channel separation: 55dB (MM), 65dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line), 43mV (DIN)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω (minimum)

Dimensions: 464 x 181 x 408mm

Weight: 12.8kg


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Reviewed Apr 04th, 2014 by demort71

The 120 watt G5500 DC Pure Power series receiver is a excellent piece of audio equipment. I have had five of them in the past two years, selling three of them to date. All were super clean sounding, outputting a very realistic sound.

They were made for 3 years from 1980 to 1982. This model offers plenty of power and has excellent tone definition no matter the media inputted.

Those who I have sold one to love them. My brother-in-law went from a high power Denon power amp system he bought new in 1993 to this receiver. He now swears by his G5500. It has plenty of guts to run four speakers too.

You can't go wrong with this receiver, which sells in the $200 to $250 range. They are getting harder to find up for sale, so don't snooze and lose when one crosses your path. Definitely a viable alternative to the more expensive Sansui receivers and amps.

There is a distinct difference between the lower line Sansui receivers such as the G3500/4500 and other earlier Sansui smaller receivers. You will be able to hear a difference in the sound quality. It's a fantastic vintage receiver!



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I bought this unit new in 1980 and still have it (April, 2014). I have compared the sound with other more current units I own, one being a Harmon Kardon and the other a Yamaha. Regarding the sound quality I am not an expert by any means but I would select the Sansui over the other two every time as it has a warmer fuller sound. I do not know why this is the case but can hear the difference. I have used this unit to play music in halls and along with four speakers handled it well. I was surprised at how much power it really had. Does the DC have anything to do with this?? I don't know.
I had to take it in to get connections cleaned several years ago and the technician, who has been in business a very long time, told me they don't make units like this anymore and that this unit will last a very long time. Bottom line...I love it and am glad I have kept it all these years. If anyone has an opportunity to get one in good condition I suggest they take advantage of it.

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Hey, I bought one I think in 1979. Still have it. Been perfect since then except the panel lights are burned out. They had better distortion specs than many since then. A fine piece of work.

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Same here ... the panel lights burnt out about a year after I purchased it, but as they were too bright in any case, I've never repaired 'em.

I am getting worried about the age of the main caps at this point ... they are now just about 40 years old and I'd be willing to bet ready to give up the ghost!

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mine need replacing too , help

re: G-5500 Panel Lights

Hello James,

Were you able to obtain a replacement for the panel lights? If so can you share where you obtained them? I have been looking to replace my panel lights as well.

Thank you,


re: G-5500 Panel Lights

yes i was on ebay.com just type in Sansui G-5500 and the replacement lights will come up and i fitted them myself all back to new!!!

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