Sansui AU-X1 Integrated Amplifiers

Sansui AU-X1 Integrated Amplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

The AU-X1 was the flagship in the Sansui portfolio between 1979-83. It is one of the mightiest and best sounding amps of its time - and beyond. 160 wpc rms at 8 ohms, weight almost 28 kg. More a power amp with controls than a conventional integrated amp, but it has phono MM/MC and many other in-/outputs. Lacks tone controls, though.
Some (first version) tend to oscillation problems, others (later) don't. One of the best amps ever.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 22, 2019]
Alfred


Strength:

Sansui Top of the line. A true statement build. The best amp ever built by Sansui and just maybe the best sounding integrated amp ever to come out of Japan. I’ve owned various TOTL Sonys, Accuphases, Kennys, Luxmans, other Sansuis (and McIntosh/Classe/Primare/Arcam/MF/Simaudio Moon/Hegel/Plinius/etc etc etc - over 500 integrated over the years!). None can rival the AU-X1. To me, the best amp ever produced. Period.

Weakness:

Build is notorious among the early 110 v units (tend to oscillate). Class A phono boards tend to get very hot and are best renoved.

Price Paid:
2000
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
1981
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Mar 17, 2008]
Tomcam
AudioPhile

Strength:

incredible punch, outstanding sound, power, reliebility (unfortunately not all, though)

Weakness:

heavy, rare, increasing prices

Got two of these beasts and use them as power amps only in a bi-amping configuration, one to feed a complete channel/loudspeaker.
Extremely fast, strong and punchy with sweet midrange and high frequency. Rugged product, had no problems during the last 10-12 years... and the amps have been built around 1980!
Maybe the best among Japanese amps of its time and even today a surprisingly very, very good sounding amp.

Similar Products Used:

Sansui BA-F1, AU-710, AU-517, AU-317, GAS, Carver

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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