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Sony TA-F808ES
7 Reviews
rating  4.86 of 5
MSRP  1700.00
Description: 100 Watt Integrated Amplifier


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

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2010

Bottom Line:   
i've owned a denon pma-925 r (today about 200€ on ebay), a yamaha ax 1070 (got it for 400€), and denon poa 6600 mono blocks (900€ on ebay)

then, a few months ago i somehow got interested in the old sonys and got the sony ta-f808es for about 307€ at ebay

let me say first that this amp blows all the others i've had away regarding power. if you want it too, it goes loud, hard, and hardly loses bass power even at the highest volumes. the stability this amplifier offers is just amazing. it's not as good as bi-amping, but it comes close, and that is amazing for such a relatively small amplifier

sound-wise it as 1 class above the pma-925r and 2 classes above the ax 1070 and the 6600s. it just sounds beautifully. the dynamics are great, it can smash your ear in one second and then go completely quiet the next. especially this quietness it offers when there is a break in the music testifies to the quality of this unit

this amp is fast - you can listen to the fastest black metal (for example amon amarth - cry of the black birds) and it will just throw those bass punches at you and just not give up song after song

drawbacks are that it 1) can be a little harsh in the highs 2) is sounded, meaning that some elements of music are over-accented, which can work for some songs but sound a little wrong in others 3) because it is so fast it can take the flow out of slower songs

so it is not perfect, but i guarantue you for the average 500€ it sells for in the used market it is an absolute steal, and i have it from individuals who have the proper comparisions that if you are to buy an amp of this calibre in the market today you'll have to spend about 3000€

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995



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

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Have owned this for awhile now and it never ceases to impress me.

I got this as a bargain buy off a friend who decided to go the surround sound route and have never regretted it.

Sound quality is outstanding, paired with most speakers the detail and bass is fantastic.

The power of the amp is stunning, it never runs out of oomph and really makes power hungry speakers shine as even at 80% volume this still does not distort!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



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

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Although i'm very interested in better audiosystems and have friends who are rwally into audio, I never could afford it to buy new equipment. Since 15 years I owned a rather nice set with Denon components, Translator Impact 50 speakers.

I'm not really into surround, although I like it, it's not something I prefer. The Translators can sound very good (once had the oppertunity to listen to them in combination with Accuphase) the weak link was the amplifier. Also Denon (PMA-720), but I missed some real "body" and low frequencies.

A friend of mine came up with this Sony TA-F808, second hand, first owner. The difference is great, listening to lots of CD's an LP's again. In my opinion it reproduces the source without colouring the overall sound, and has a lot of power. It sounds almost analog and for the first time in years I'm spending hours listening.

Sure I know this is a " oldie", but I enjoy it! Next step to be taken will be replacement of the CD-player.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Second hand



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

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Wonderful "vintage" Sony ES quality. Not like todays. Wonderfully tight, airy, delicate, clear sound. Thank you MOSFET output stage. I have been round and round with separates and integrated amps over the past ten years and have had systems worth over $25,000 (Bryston BP-25, McIntosh MC500, McIntosh MR-78, Aerial 8 speakers, etc.) over this time frame and have never been happy long term. The best sound was a McIntosh MA-6850 integrated amp. But then a meter failed so I decided to upgrade to the MC-500 and preamp tried a McIntosh C-38 and didn't like, so went to a Bryston BP-25. A world better, but not like the integrated. So I sold all and found this 808ES integrated after six months of advertising on Audiogon "wanted" ads. And it has been worth the wait. Only three responses. One from Germany, one from SF and this one. Both the German and SF ones were cash and sight unseen. This one I got with a money-back deal and used a credit card for further protection. And it is very clean and in good shape. But the sound is what it is all about. And this unit sounds the equal, if not better, than the McIntosh. I almost bought the new MA-6900/6500, but this unit came on the radar screen at the same time. So I am very happy with it at this time. I use a set of Soliloquy 5.0s monitors, California Audio Las CL-10 CD player, Rega 25 w/RB900 arm and Grado Sonata cartridge and a Sony STS-730ES tuner. And I really like the sound. Will ad a SACD/DVD/CD player and subwoofer later this year and will be set. But the sound from this unit is truely soothing. Crystal clear with amazing detail. No grain, no mush. Just wonderful detailed music. And a treat at 1/4 the price of the McIntosh. I listen to classic jazz (Miles, Monk, etc.), classical and classic rock (Stones, Little Feet, etc.)

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon "Wanted" Ad



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Norbert Kohajda a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Very strong and powerful design, and a clear high-end
sound makes this unit to one of my favourite Amps.

Too much power for my speakers, I´ll have to upgrade...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Internet




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