Yesterday, Today, and Beyond....
the NEO-SANSUI Sound
SANSUI Traditions Continue
It has been said that the ultimate goal for the high
fidelity audio is to accomplish the most transparent reproductions of the
original music presentations. The level of success for this transparency is
usually measured by predefined variables associated with specific audio
equipments. At the same time, however, music performances are nothing but
the form of art that appeals to people’s sensitivity rather than scientific
When representation of music from the equipments that
possess the highest measurable specifications still sounds inferior to those
of having less impressive statistics, it has to be concluded that some
measurements that could determine the most fundamental elements of music
representations have been missing. Further more, these fundamental missing
elements must be far greater than the sum of the superiority of measurable
Therefore, this site is devoted to those equipments
that might have less impressive measurable statistics; however, still yield the most
fantastic music representations, called Tube
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Sansui Electric in Early Days
Those who know Sansui with the famed later
products, such as the BA-5000, the CA-3000, or the AU-20000, or receivers
and tuners, such as the G-33000 or TU-919, might say "Sansui Tube Gear???"
However, the reality was that Sansui built its foundation with transformer
business, and established its first international fame with the 1000A Tube
Receiver. Of course, the most signature tube product was the AU-111 at
the very end of tube era followed by less known, but impressive tube
Sansui Products in Tube Era
Sansui's very first product lines were bare transformers; this means no
Sansui amplifiers or no Sansui receivers at the beginning. After the initial success with
high quality transformers, Sansui started marketing kit amps and
receivers followed by many well built tube amplifiers and receivers.
One thing in common among these early Sansui products was that Sansui never
compromised in quality. This philosophy in quality was Sansui's absolute priority
until the late 1970's when Sansui started marketing some inexpensive models
under the same brand name. More
Who is Hashimoto Electric?
Hashimoto Electric Co., Ltd, started its business in 1958
as an OEM transformer manufacturer. From its beginning, Sansui Electric was one of Hashimoto’s main customers. Since Sansui spanned off its entire
transformer business - including all blue prints, patents, distribution /
sales force, and even Sansui's original logo - to Hashimoto in 1979,
Hashimoto Electric has been maintaining Sansui's product philosophy and
quality traditions. Even today, Hashimoto sells Sansui transformers
with Sansui's original logo on them. In addition to these Sansui
transformers, Hashimoto started manufacturing own tube transformers in 2002.
Hashimoto supplied the famed AU-111 transformers to Sansui
reissued the AU-111 Vintage in 1999. Now, Hashimoto offers own branded tube
transformers in 34 different models. These transformers have been
designed from the ground up based upon the 60 years of accumulated know-how
and technologies. A few critics stated, "The sound via Hashimoto
transformers simply belong to a different level compared with others."
More details and technical
Tube Amp Projects Utilizing Hashimoto
These nine amplifiers utilizing Hashimoto transformers were originally
featured on Japanese hi-fi magazines in 2003 and 2004. These
applications include Push-Pull and Single-Ended with KT-88, EL34, EL84, etc.
Some of applications use coupling transformers, as well.
|Why Sansui? Sansui used to dominate the Japanese Tube
hi-fi industry with tube transformers as well as receivers and
|Who is Hashimoto? Hashimoto Electric became a Sansui's
transformer OEM in 1979 by inheriting all Sansui transformer
|Can I buy new or used replacement transformers for Sansui AU-111,
AU-70, or 1000A Receiver? YES|
|Can I buy the newest Hashimoto transformers?
|Can I find other high-end tube parts?