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Replacing vintage Sansui G9000 with something new???

Newbie to this forum. Thanks for opportunity to post. I'm the original owner of a Sansui G9000DB purchased in 1978, considered by many to be among the finest of all vintage Japanese receivers. It's still in high demand and would be easy to sell for probably 50% more than I bought it for (probably about $800). For several reasons (size, care, maintenance, age, etc.), I'm considering replacing it with something along the lines of an Onkyo A-9555 (I don't need a tuner). I've gotten feedback from vintage gear fans stating that nothing would come close to this (sonically speaking) without spending multi-thousands of dollars, whereas others say technological advancements would result in a low budget replacement (by this forum's standards) sounding far better. I'd like to keep my expense down to under ~$800 (decidely modest for this forum, I know). I curious as to your collective feedback on a prospective course of action.

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Re: Replacing vintage Sansui G9000 with something new???

On of the biggest obstacles that people face when auditioning new equipment after using the same piece of gear for so long is that they use they unconsciously use the sound of their old gear as a reference point instead of live instruments in real space. This causes great frustration because nothing new "sounds" like that old favorite. However, many times that old favorite sounds nothing like real instruments in real space which should be the bench mark of high end audio. In short don't use the sound of 30 year old components as a reference point when auditioning new gear.

An example of this outside audio is vintage sports cars. The British TV show "Top Gear" tested 3 or 4 highly sought after vintage sports cars(Austin Martin DB5 etc) against a modern Toyota Corolla. Those cars sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Corolla SPANKED them on EVERY test.

Obviously with audio that isn't going to happen 100% of the time in audio but there is relatively little vintage gear (20+ years old) that can compete with modern equipment. For example there are probably less than 10 speakers that are over 25 years old that are in modern terms neutral sounding. Most old speakers, even if they were highly regarded in their day are colored-sounding junk by today's standards. Much of the draw in vintage audio gear is the same as vintage cars. It's the romance and the nostalgia of it. One of the only categories to be an exception is vintage analog FM tuners which are far, far superior to todays quartz-lock loop "digital" tuners. I'm sure that there will be some that disagree with me and they are entitled to their opinion.

P.S. Posting the same question in two different sections of the form is frowned upon as it tends to fragment the discussion and add to clutter.

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Re: Replacing vintage Sansui G9000 with something new???

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P.S. Posting the same question in two different sections of the form is frowned upon as it tends to fragment the discussion and add to clutter.
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My bad. I'm new here and noticed this section of the forum before the other. Sorry. Please continue discussion under "The Entry Level." Pardon my transgression.

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Re: Replacing vintage Sansui G9000 with something new???

No big deal. It's always good to have new members.

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