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Sondex S230 Amp

Discussion in 'audio' started by kasbridge, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. kasbridge

    kasbridge pfm Member

    I have one of these, bought in the 80s, owned from new, nint condition.

    Paid around £180 for it originally, made in Bristol I think.

    Does anyone know anything about these? is it worth getting serviced or should I replace with a modern NAD or similar?

    Thanks,
    Kevin.
     
  2. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    What does it sound like?

    Don't asume that modern is better, certainly where amplifiers are concerned.
    If you like the sound I'd be inclined to service it.
     
  3. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    It's ringing a bell. Did it have anything to do with Radford ? Any pics ?
     
  4. quickie

    quickie pfm Member

  5. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    I remember them - I'm not sure that it didn't become the QED amp in the end.
     
  6. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

  7. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    I thought there was a Radford connection but I don't think it morphed into the QED amp did it ? That was an awful cheap and nasty product.
     
  8. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Perhaps it didn't - so very long agooooooooo.
     
  9. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

  10. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Does it look like a Myst TMA3? Or am I mad?
     
  11. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    A bit mad...yes - no connection there as far as I know...all those 'reasonably priced' amps looked similar back then ;).
     
  12. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Thought so. Thats what Ouzo and Metaxa does to you!

    PM you in a mo.
     
  13. pure sound

    pure sound Trade: manufacturer/distributor

    mad as a fish

    [​IMG]
     
  14. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    I think you'll find its 'mad as a box of frogs'.

    My memory is shit :D
     
  15. Ptah

    Ptah pfm Member

    I had one of these in 1984. Its USP at the time I remember was its passive preamp - similar in design to one of the recent Naits in that respect I guess. It was 30 rather polite watts as I remember - cleaner than the 25w Nytech receiver I had been using, but I sold it on after 6 months in favour of some valves, which worked wonders with the LS3/5as I was using then.
    I suppose my view was coloured by using those speakers, though it did teach me a bit about system matching.
    Quite a nice design for the time though. Better made than the Nytech stuff!
     
  16. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    Anything (almost) was better made than Nytech. Did you ever open one up to find an intermittent fault amongst the rat's nest ?
     
  17. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Guy, do you think that was a decent amp?

    I have the matching FM tuner here in black and that sounds very nice, despite feeling like it was crafted from a biscuit tin.
     
  18. pure sound

    pure sound Trade: manufacturer/distributor

    I had one as a student before discovering the pleasures of valve amps. It replaced an original Nait. At the time (1983/4) it was the best <£250 amp I could find & I did try the Cyrus & Audiolab alternatives aswell.

    I recently bought a Marantz Pm4 of a similar vintage and I'd say now that the Marantz probably was the best new amplifier I could've bought for that price back then. But the TMA3 was nice and made a great job of driving some Gale 401's I subsequently acquired which definitely weren't an easy load. It was beautifully made inside too. I never heard the tuner. The aesthetic minimalism of the Myst designs did appeal to me though, simple & elegant.
     
  19. grf

    grf New Member

    Hi all, I have been reading this post, and I have located a SONDEX S230 on ebay,
    Im thinking of bidding on it
    but the seller has a Input Matching Module listed for it
    He states its a MM2 Module,
    Does any one know about this AMP and the MODULE please

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SONDEX-S230-Amplifier-SUBLIME-AMPLIFIER-W-O-W-/320632346769?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item4aa72d5891#ht_2496wt_1141

    Its got a few days to run but it looks like a nice amp

    Thanks in advance
    GRF
     
  20. grf

    grf New Member

    Hi all, I have been reading this post, and I have located a SONDEX S230 on ebay,
    Im thinking of bidding on it
    but the seller has a Input Matching Module listed for it
    He states its a MM2 Module,
    Does any one know about this AMP and the MODULE please

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SONDEX-S230-A...2346769?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiF i_Amplifiers&hash=item4aa72d5891#ht_2496wt_1141

    Its got a few days to run but it looks like a nice amp

    Thanks in advance
    GRF
     

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