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Sansui SP-200

3-Way Loudspeaker System (1969)

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Sansui SP-200

Description

The SP-200 is a full range 3-way, 5 speaker system consisting of a 12 inch woofer, two 5 inch midrange speakers and two 2 inch horn type tweeters.

It can faithfully reproduce deep, rich lows, and clean, transparent highs, and all tones in between.

Specifications

Type: 3 way, 5 driver loudspeaker system

Frequency Response: 35Hz to 20kHz

Power Handling: 45W

Crossover Frequency: 1500, 5000Hz

Impedance: 8Ω

Bass: 1 x 12" cone

Midrange: 2 x 5" cone

Tweeter: 2 x 2" horn

Dimensions: 14-15/16 x 12-19/32 x 25-25/32 inches

Weight: 40.6lbs

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Reviewed Oct 17th, 2018 by AMCHornet

I believe these were the first speakers Sansui offered and they were introduced in 1966. They are basically rebadged Coral speakers. The drivers are definitely Coral, but that's ok because Coral had a very good reputation at that time.

The driver magnets are AlNiCo for those of you who care about that.

1. Replace the crossover capacitors and clean the switch contacts before you judge their sound.
2. The woofer is highly damped and designed to work best with an amplifier of a low damping factor like old amps usually were. Newer amps with high damping factors (20+) will not have good bass response with these speakers. An old amp of 20w will get more bass from these speakers than a new amp with 100w.

I power my pair with a 1971 Sansui 2000 receiver. They are a very pleasant sounding speaker with a smooth warm tone. Not the most detailed or crisp sounding speaker I've ever heard, but they're still quite good. They have plenty of deep bass when used with this kind of older amp. People talk trash about the big bass reflex port but it works just fine. I read that their sensitivity is either 97db or 101db. That may be an over-statement; they seem more like 95db. Either way they are still quite sensitive and will make a lot of volume from a low-power amp like many older tube amps. Any old amp of 10-30 watts RMS per channel will sound really nice with these speakers, probably sound nicer than it would with modern speakers.

Quality is pretty good. The drivers and baffle are ugly so I'd suggest keeping the grill on. Be warned: the midrange driver cones are VERY fragile. Do not touch them or your finger will go right through the cone. That being said all the drivers hold up well with age. No foam surrounds to rot

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Reviewed Feb 10th, 2017 by Jack_loves_sansui

I was advised to buy them for my AU 555 as a great set to listen Massive Attack, SADE and other music I like. It means deep bass great vocals, both synthetic and real instruments. According to Sansui STEREO catalogue from 1969 this is a dedicated set. That time I also had Sansui tube 500 EA. Both amps are not too strong so I needed really efficient speakers. What is even harder the one with bass deep enough to cope with Massive Attack – Angel my main reference track for tests. BTW lots of famous speakers didn’t pass the Angels’s test. Sp 200 can produce real deep bass and fantastic vocals. Maybe they are not so precise as many modern constructions, but I don’t care. Show me modern so efficient speakers, 8 Ohm which looks like this for the money. No chance. If you find nice pair buy them. I can listen to them for hours.. just changing the sources and amps. Now they are playing with Sansui AU 7500. Really nice great looking vintage system.

 

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