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Sony ES

Discussion in 'audio' started by Countryman, May 2, 2021.

  1. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    On checking it may have been “UK Special” on the badge and it also appeared on some of the AV amps as well. I think it was in response to some grey imports that appeared in the UK at the time.
    Here’s a pic of a TAFB940R with the additional badge
  2. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Sound Tuned

    Special Edition
  3. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    Sound right :)
  4. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Not great pics


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  5. fred sonnen

    fred sonnen pfm Member

    It has nothing to do with the actual topic, but "VAG" is the abbreviation of "Volkswagen Aktien Gesellschaft".
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  6. Mike P

    Mike P pfm Member

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  7. Mike P

    Mike P pfm Member

    Last edited: May 5, 2021
  8. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

  9. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Going all gooey looking at this ES stuff...:D
  10. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    hands up I have been oblivious to ES until now, clearly I suffered from the hype the industry peddled in not thinking Sony was a match for Naim, Rega etc even Rotel held more esteem.

    shame on me this has been a pleasant education, to be fair at a much lesser extent the same applied with Rotel SE models the amps at least have different sound.
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  11. Hcanning

    Hcanning pfm Member

    Same. I need more money.
  12. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    this thread is dangerous!

    my overdraft just took a hit to get a CDP 337ESD

    for the baby player it weighs a fair bit lol

    that drawer and mechanism is sublime has to be said to quote an old phrase the don't make em like that anymore!

    be interesting see how this compares to CD3 and tweaked Rotel 955
  13. gustav_errata

    gustav_errata pfm Member

    Thanks Mike for the detailed info. I have been thinking about buying a CD player lately with these Sony models at the top of my list broadly speaking but I have found the model-numbering to be bewildering and it's also difficult to find out which ones are built on unobtanium.

    Now to keep my eye out and my budget budgeted.
  14. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

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  15. Mike P

    Mike P pfm Member

  16. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Thank you. I will move that shelf up a notch.

    You'll be pleased to hear your fine fettling has worked a treat, stunning build and sound quality from Sony in those ES days. You may notice the baby Q Acoustics, well at least one of them, and despite far from ideal positioning they make some rather nice noises. There's still room for one further component in the cabinet...
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  17. G.smith310

    G.smith310 pfm Member

    That looks absolutely stunning. I can imagine good synergy with the Q acoustics sound. Are the speakers coping ok with that much power or are they feeling "choked" at all ?
  18. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Whilst it is clear the baby Q Acoustics will have limitations given their size and of course their relative budget nature they are working surprisingly well. In fact they provide for a highly entertaining sound and do surprising detail Subject of course to the expected limitations. I wouldn't though seek to push them too hard. The quarter mark on the volume control is more than sufficient, and for their intended use ie music during dinner we don't have the sound turned up that much.
  19. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Incidentally, the pictures do not do justice to the quality of the workmanship which has gone into the cabinets.

    I am inclined to commission Simon to build us another cabinet, albeit one that has nothing to do with music.

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