The Best of SANSUI - Vintage Stereo, Classic Audio Products and Company History -
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Site Update History
03/11/2005: Hi Everyone. You are thinking, Long time, nothing! ---- I know
So, here is some news for you.
1. I have been working on a new site for sometime with the great support from Sten, and now, I think this new site is presentable to the world. Its called http://www.tube-amps.net. This site features much more details on Sansui history and tube products from 1944 to about 1969. Then, this site introduces a Japanese high-end tube transformer company, called Hashimoto Electric. Hashimoto Electric merged with the spanned off Sansui Transformer Department in 1979 when Sansui decided to concentrate on the finished goods production. Sansui passed out all Sansui transformer related patents, technologies, sales forth, distribution system, and even Sansuis good old logo. This means Hashimoto Electric is still carrying the old Sansui logo on their Sansui brand products.
Ever since, Hashimoto Electric was one of the main transformer OEMs for Sansui products. When Sansui decided to reproduce the famed AU-111 in 1999 and 2001, Hashimoto built the AU-111 transformers for Sansui. After Sansui decided to halt its hi-fi business, Hashimoto developed brand new tube transformers with own brand name. Of course, new transformers from Hashimoto have been based on the half century of Sansui transformer technologies, and Hashimoto further improved the products to meet with even higher expectations. A few audio critics in Japan called Hashimoto transformers, Nothing (on a market) can be compared. Hashimoto transformers simply belong to the next level.
Okay, even if you are not interested in new stuff, you can still find the chronological information for almost all Sansui tube products from 1944 to 1969. This information alone should be very valuable for folks who are looking for some information on their unknown Sansui unit.
2. Now, our sister site, http://www.obsinc.us carries more than 900 Sansui literatures. Even if you are not interested in buying service manuals, brochures, etc, you could still glance at how the service manuals and brochures of your unit look like by simply querying with a key word, such as AU717. I can not promise you when, but Im planning to add an introduction year for every single Sansui product on the obsinc site. This means the obsinc site will be a great information source for anyone who wants to know when your Sansui unit was introduced.
3. Finally, Im planning to visit Japan on the last week of coming April until the second week of May (this is for my real work). I will meet people with Hashimoto (there are still two people working at Hashimoto Electric who were originally transferred from Sansui when the Sansui Transformer Department spanned off). Im also planning to meet some ex-Sansui executives during this visit. So, hopefully, I can bring some new information back for you guys.
Thats all at this time, but please post any comments on our forum if you have some input.
9/6/2003 Added AU-999 inside photos, courtesy of Mr. Aaron Luebke
3/8/2003 - Added a new category, Speakers
3/1/2003 - More pictures on Q-3535 Tube Amplifier from Mr. Tom Frantzen with STEREO magazine in Germany. Added Japanese Sansui Site links, you might not be able to read them, but even pictures alone should be very interesting, just click underlined URL's to go to those sites.
02/11/2003 - More Brochures from Mr. Goran Setka in Belgrade, Serbia
02/08/03 - Added the Brochures Page - Those are sent from Mr. Joe Searcy in Minnesota
01/26/03 - Added the About this Site Page: it includes About this Site, About me, and About the Background Picture sections.
01/15/03 - Added Major Robert Sarbell - U.S. Air Force in Marietta, GA on "My Sansui System" Page - Please contact me if you would like to post your own Sansui system on this site. Also, added AU-70 Picture Galleries
01/01/03 - Started "My Sansui System" Page
12/21/02 - Added Q-3535 Page, pictures were provided by Mr. Cameron Nicol in Seattle, WA
12/18/02 - Added 1000-7000 Receivers Picture Gallery
12/07/02 - Added the page of B-209 The Tube. Bob, this is for you - more tube gear is coming!
12/06/02 - Added detailed specification on AU-999, AU-9500, AU-717, AU-919, AU-D11, AU-D11II, AU-G99X, AU-G77XII, AU-X701, 9090DB, and G-9700. Added more picture on AU-Alpha907i, and AU-Alpha907 Limited Series
11/19/02 - Added AU-999 Series Picture Gallery
11/10/02 - Web Site Uploaded
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