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    Just bought a Sony ta1150 amp off jerry of this parish I installed the Sony in place of my krell using my primare r32 and thorens td160 the Sony is 30watts into 8ohms .I was expecting the Sony being of 1973 vintage to sound warm and mushy compared to the krell,not a bit of it crystal clear mid range great detail timing superb I've gotten a shock as to how good this amp is bearing in mind jerry relieved me of just 140 quid delivered,have any other folks out there gotten a similar surprise as to how good vintage kit can sound.I initially got this amp for use with the telly but it sounds too good for that mundane duty.


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    Well, you can't say I didn't warn you in the ad .....

    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Rightly regarded by some as a precursor to the ES range.
    This is fast and focused and detailed.
    Those who want to wallow in a lovely rosy vintage glow should look elsewhere!
    Good that you are enjoying it.

    I get the same sort of kick out of my vintage Philips Black Tulip pre/power amps.
    They put most of today's amps to shame, regardless of price imho.
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    Got to be the hifi bargain of the year I should be arrested for stealing this off you for 140 pounds delivered.I must add jerry has been an absolute gent to deal with an all round top fella.


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    a lot of thse vintage amps were very good. Would probably cost a fortune these days new
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    26 transistors 3 diodes 2 ic also there's about 8 fuses inside protecting the different circuitry nuff said

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    I once bought a Sony TA88 amp. for a bedroom system.
    It was used with a Sony ST80F tuner and a pair of JBL Control 1s. For a 10 watts per channel amp. its performance was really good.
    Someone on an audio Forum called it 'The Japanese Nait.'
    I don't know about that, but is performed beautifully with the above components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinyljunky View Post
    Just bought a Sony ta1150 amp off jerry of this parish I installed the Sony in place of my krell using my primare r32 and thorens td160 the Sony is 30watts into 8ohms .I was expecting the Sony being of 1973 vintage to sound warm and mushy compared to the krell,not a bit of it crystal clear mid range great detail timing superb I've gotten a shock as to how good this amp is bearing in mind jerry relieved me of just 140 quid delivered,have any other folks out there gotten a similar surprise as to how good vintage kit can sound.I initially got this amp for use with the telly but it sounds too good for that mundane duty.


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    yep, bought a Sony receiver for 69 and sold my PX25 mono's for 1000.
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    Outstanding results Good on you.
    Does Beg the question though.. Just how Crap were the sold on PX monos ?.
    Mere curiosity only..as I remember that Sony Gizmo from back when.. friend had one... for some time.
    Lotsa hours spent listening to it.
    It worked well enough, but hardly breathtaking as I recall.
    My audio bits: Thorens / diy phono, CD/dvd player(s), diy pre, F6, Tannoy Golds in my boxes / my xovers, and of course all strung together with basic diy Wires
    Lots of Cd's, yet more audio files, a couple of hundred semi worn Lps.

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