Sony SDP-EP9ES A/V Preamplifier

5/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

(Dolby) Digital Pre-Amp/Processor


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by criticallistenphile a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2010

Bottom Line:   
*not sure of the production year of my unit*

Let me state that first off that this is a great preamplifier - even though some complain that it doesn't have analog inputs etc... Let's face it, one is responsible for knowing what one is purchasing prior to paying for it, so for someone to complain about an item not having certain features is literally finger-pointing irresponsibility that is intolerable. Yes, I knew it didn't have analog inputs, did I care? No, because I knew what I was buying when I purchased it.

I have the EP9ES connected to my office PC. It feeds a signal via solid silver interconnects to a Pioneer SA-8800 amplifier that has been recapped with Black Gate capacitors. It is fed directly into the Amp In connection, not through an input that would otherwise utilize the EQ and the various potentiometers that are part of the preamplifier section of the SA-8800. The amplifier drives two 100db @ 1w/1m full range single driver speakers which do not have any crossover networks. As a result, I am able to hear every detail of every recording without difficulty. There is no loss due to crossovers and no inconsistency after amplification in the signal path to interupt or color the signal. This preamp is clear, precise, and smooth. There is nothing to regret about purchasing this unit. The two-channel capability is comprable with my Anthem AVM-20. Awesome

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Graham a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is a great piece of kit for you listeners who want to enter the digital age. With 4 Digital inputs it allows you to hook up the works. I have my Sound Blaster Platinum live drive connected to the beauty it sounds as good as the rest of my system cd etc. Also have the EP9's optical out going to the pc for full flexibility.

As for the sound, it’s a crisp, sharp excellent bass, if like me you like dance this give you the control your after. Setup can be complicated but you can get the perfect sound so it worth it.

Using sony's DVP NS700 DVD so get DTS 5.1 runing through the bypass channels on the back useful!!!!!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   e-bay used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Lewis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2001

Bottom Line:   
It works great except I cant figure out how to get it to play CD's from the DVD7000. The DVD7000 works fine with my Adcom DAC 600. I'll replace the EP9ES with another pre/pro when all the dust settles on the current 6.1 or 7.1 formats. But it sure works great! Very clear sound. This is my system:
-Sony 53" XBR
-Sony 27V55 TV
-Proscan 20" S-video TV that will also work as a video monitor by outputing the input signel so u can see what ur editing as u edit.
-Snell XA speaker system(XA75, XA55 and 30sp)I also have Snell Type D's, Q's and KII speakers
-Polk SDA 1's and SDA CRS+ speakers
-SEA 4.0 surround system speakers(I've never used these)
-Custom DiAural crossover speakers w/ Scan-Speak woofer and Seas tweeter. This is a series X-O and sounds wonderful!!!!
-Sunfire True Sub Woofer Mk II(dead flat to 25 hz and still going)
-Marantz 850 multi room pre/pro with tuner and CD player(coax digital out!) and too many S-Video inputs/outputs to count.
-TIVO digital recorder(best thing I EVER bought)
-Adcom 5800 amp
-Adcom 555 II amp
-Adcom 2535 amp
-Adcom DAC 600
-Adcom 565 preamp
-3 DVD players KLH(son's) Sony S7000 and Apex
-Sony 300 CD player
-Sharp portable mini disk recorder(never used it, its been a year, never think of it is the reason I guess)
-Stax Lamba Pro 3 earspeakers
-Grado 60 headphones
-Carver Sonic Hologram C-9
-JVC S-VHS
-Chase Tech remote volume
-Chase Tech passive surround(Hafler)R-L to the rear speakers
-Radio Shack sound pressure meters. I have two of these. I thought I had lost it in a move but found it later. I did the same thing with the remotes to the DVD-S7000 and the Sony 27v55 tv. So I have two remote to each of these at almost a hundred each!
-And some other stuff that is too old.....
-Almost forgot the Sega Dreamcast that they have stopped making.

I'm going to buy the Monarchy DIP 24/96 when it comes out later this month. If u have a DAC u may want to get this jitter reducer. Check out the reviews here!! Got to go. Bye...


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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Hi Fi Buys



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gus a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 13, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Excellent addition to any system without AC-3. Who needs DTS ? when the standard format is AC-3...
I recommended this unit for those who care about quality of sound...

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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