Thursday, May 7, 2009
Receiver - Sansui 2000X
Okay, what do the following have in common: Carmen Electra, Elizabeth Berkeley, Cameron Diaz, Sansui 2000X?
Probably more than you think.
1) They all were once considered the hottest item on the block.
2) They all have the potential of being quite stunning, depending on how well maintained they are.
3) They were all “born” in 1972.
The 2000X was one of my first vintage receivers. I found this one and a Sansui 5000 the same week and was immediately hooked on the vintage Sansui sound. With 39 watts per channel, the 2000X wasn’t a powerhouse, but remember folks – these were 1972 watts, made to be played through 1972 speakers which were rated at 30 watts continuous, 45 peak! In ten short years they’d be making boom boxes with more power, but for the Nixon era, the 2000X had enough power to draw in the neighbors for a Saturday night lunar landing BBQ.
How does it sound? Warm and full of static, but that’s not the receiver’s fault. I’m sure in its day it sounded great. The board components, caps have gone out of spec on mine and I’ve got one heck of a DC offset problem as well. BUT, like Carmen, Elizabeth, and the rest, a few minor glitches won’t tarnish this star. Someday, the 2000X will have a comeback, and when it does, it will once again rock the neighborhood under a summer sky.
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