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Vintage Sansui 8900ZDB Receiver

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I know some of you guys are heavy into this stuff from previous threads. Iíve been looking for a vintage stereo receiver so I can use my turntable again. I canít spend thousands on upper end stuff but would like decent stuff with the cool vintage look. This one popped up on CL and was wondering if itís a decent unit or if itís way over priced. My turntable is a Pioneer PL-530 if that makes a difference, also what brand of floor speakers are good? Are there any other places to look for this type of equipment other than CL? I donít have any stores near me that deal with this stuff or I would buy it at reputable shop.
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A lot of the old Japanese stuff is pretty good, although I am not that familiar with Sansui. Personally, I think it would make more sense to look for an older integrated amp, rather than a receiver. Unless you are really intending to listen to a lot of traditional radio, integrated amps from that era tend to be of somewhat higher quality, as they were more oriented to "serious" listeners (who might buy a separate tuner, if they really needed it). Plus, and this is just personal opinion, they just look cooler..... You will still want to make sure that there is a phono stage built in, of course.

Old Marantz integrated amps are a good choice, if you can find one. Back in the day I had a Kenwood integrated amp, that was really nice. 60 wpc, really good specs, etc. Not viewed as highly as Marantz, but the build quality was excellent. Old Pioneer integrated amps are also good.

Old turntables are usually a pretty good bet, although you may want to throw a new cartridge on it. I am still using the Dual 502 belt-drive turntable I bought in 1977, still on its original belt!

I'd go modern with speakers, though. One, because there have been greater advances in speaker technology over the years, than in the other areas (in my opinion, anyway), and also because with vintage speakers you may have issues with things like the cone surrounds having decayed, rotted, or whatever.
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Keep it all vintage . It's not a big deal to get vintage JBL's or whatever your flavor as long as cabinets are nice. The drivers are all available to replace yours if surrounds are rotted etc. there's even kits to refurb your own if you have the time.

Imo, modern speakers have drifted and cater to the AV crowd . I bought a new pair of paradigm monitor 11's a year ago and needed a sub, so I picked up a 10" powered sub and it's still not enough.. nearly $3k in and still won't run with my old infinity's or Klipsch Chorus .. look and see if you find a home speaker company that makes a pair with 15's or 12's and you prob won't.
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Sansui vintage?? More like cheap ****, I'd replace it with something better
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ONE word.....McIntosh......CASE CLOSED!11
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Iíve been looking for a vintage stereo receiver so I can use my turntable again.
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this is the one I use, An ART Phono Preamp Plus. You can use it as a phono preamp with RIAA eq and then you can also use it to hook up to your computer and digitize the albums if you want.

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My brother is running an old Marantz (2230 I think?) receiver with old Sansui speakers. It sounds pretty good for playing old records.
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I like this old stuff! I'd look into it if that's your thing.


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That push button eighties stuff generally isn't great.
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Originally Posted by tims93 View Post
Vintage Sansui 8900ZDB Receiver

https://erie.craigslist.org/ele/d/er...887421067.html

I know some of you guys are heavy into this stuff from previous threads. Iíve been looking for a vintage stereo receiver so I can use my turntable again. I canít spend thousands on upper end stuff but would like decent stuff with the cool vintage look. This one popped up on CL and was wondering if itís a decent unit or if itís way over priced. My turntable is a Pioneer PL-530 if that makes a difference, also what brand of floor speakers are good? Are there any other places to look for this type of equipment other than CL? I donít have any stores near me that deal with this stuff or I would buy it at reputable shop.
Thanks in advance.

I use my current Denon receiver with the turntable connected to the Media Player input.
I use a Phono Pre-amp between the turntable and the receiver.
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Sounds great plays right through my ceiling speakers and the rest of my surround system.
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Sansui vintage?? More like cheap ****, I'd replace it with something better
Thanks for your input, very helpful.

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Thanks JD! Iíll give him a call, he could be the guy!
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ONE word.....McIntosh......CASE CLOSED!11

McIntosh is consistently the best. The only problem is that McIntosh is at a level that a number of other components can often match for a small fraction of the price.
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For vintage speakers I like ADS, JBL and if space allows Altec Lancing Voice of the Theaters.
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Originally Posted by Donuts View Post
Keep it all vintage . It's not a big deal to get vintage JBL's or whatever your flavor as long as cabinets are nice. The drivers are all available to replace yours if surrounds are rotted etc. there's even kits to refurb your own if you have the time.

Imo, modern speakers have drifted and cater to the AV crowd . I bought a new pair of paradigm monitor 11's a year ago and needed a sub, so I picked up a 10" powered sub and it's still not enough.. nearly $3k in and still won't run with my old infinity's or Klipsch Chorus .. look and see if you find a home speaker company that makes a pair with 15's or 12's and you prob won't.
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For vintage speakers I like ADS, JBL and if space allows Altec Lancing Voice of the Theaters.

I wish I still had my JBL L-112's.
I refinished them and then sold them.
One of my biggest audio regrets in my life.














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Originally Posted by SilverC1 View Post
A lot of the old Japanese stuff is pretty good, although I am not that familiar with Sansui. Personally, I think it would make more sense to look for an older integrated amp, rather than a receiver. Unless you are really intending to listen to a lot of traditional radio, integrated amps from that era tend to be of somewhat higher quality, as they were more oriented to "serious" listeners (who might buy a separate tuner, if they really needed it). Plus, and this is just personal opinion, they just look cooler..... You will still want to make sure that there is a phono stage built in, of course.

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Old turntables are usually a pretty good bet, although you may want to throw a new cartridge on it. I am still using the Dual 502 belt-drive turntable I bought in 1977, still on its original belt!

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Still have a Pioneer PL 1150 that has had the belts turn to gum twice over the years.
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