Posted by BeatleFred on
In Reply to: Hi, just got a sansui
3500rz-- anyone know anything about this? posted
If its the RZ-3500 model that you're referring to, then its dates back to the beginning of the 90's. You can basically tell any post-1987 Sansui unit by the new logo on it, compared to the previous logo of the classic older models. The RZ-3500 is rated 50 Watts/ch. List price new back then was approximately $350. Sansui also produced models such as the RZ-7500AV & RZ-9500AV which were a bit larger and had more wattage than the 3500. The AV designation refers to AudioVideo, thus the AV models have Dolby Pro Logic circuitry so that the receiver can be used in an early-mid 90's era home theater system.
As to the quality of the 3500. Well, 25 bucks is not a huge amount of money. So, considering the modest price you paid, I imagine its a decent unit, though having the remote would be handy.
I think the issue is, how do you intend to use this receiver- in a basic home theater setting or are you striving for high quality 2 channel audiophile sound? If its the latter, then the Sansui products which can provide that are definitely the classic older models of the 1970's-have you ever looked thru the Sansui listings on the Ebay auction site and seen what a Sansui 9090DB receiver from 1977 looks like? Or any of the G models from that same era? It was at that time, when quality REALLY meant something.
Receivers made in later years like the RZ-3500 with their cheap-quality black plastic is a far distance away from the quality that Sansui receivers had in previous decades.
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