Sony TA-F3000ES Integrated Amplifiers

3.71/5 (7 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Wark a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
By far the best integrated in the price range, no question.
Surpisingly sharp and accurate.
It can compete without any trouble with more expensive products. If you are a fanatic audiophile, do not buy it:
its too good and could prevent you from continuously looking around for a new component........

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $550.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Colin Ross a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Star rating should read 5 *****

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Colin Ross a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This little Amp is a fantastic sounding piece of equipment,
Always seems to be in control & the quality & feel of the controls are exceptional. I'm using this with a Pioneer DV-717, Sony MDS-510 & Castle Clifton speakers on stands - I reckon this amp with pump out more bass with floorstanders so that will be my next upgrade (but fine now with stand mounts). The other point worth mentioning is 2 tape loops plus, CD,Phono/Tuner/Aux inputs. If you get the chance to get one buy with confidence. Best Hifi component I've bought to date. I've listened to all types of music especially good with acoustic & world type music.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by F B a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This champagne-gold integrated amp from Sony matches the CDP-X3000ES CD player, which received a Best Buy in HIFI CHOICE 169. Products with this level of fit and finish are all too rare in the UK at this price level. The design of the rotary controls, and the precision with which they rotate in their rebates, is closer to camera standards than anything the hi-fi industry can muster normally.

It's a MOSFET amplifier, rated at a modest 35 Watts into eight Ohms, or 50 Watts into four Ohms. The technical features seem mundane at first glance: a bipolar drive stage operates in Class A (they usually do); while 'twin mono architecture', 'proprietary toroidal transformer' and 'individual power supply system for voltage and current power amplifier stages' are routine for quality amplifiers. Other features are a little more unusual, though they are not necessarily unique to this model, or even to this marque. We're talking here of tone controls that automatically switch out of circuit at their centre-detent position, leaving input signals to pass unfettered through the power amp stages.

A rotary stepped control selects the input, while a matching volume control restores front-panel symmetry. Three smaller rotaries take care of bass, treble and balance; which is about the lot, apart from an m-m/m-c switch at the back, and a stick type remote-control handset. Oh, and the Sony does include a headphone socket, and yes, it is equipped with proper 4mm loudspeaker output binding posts.

Sound quality

Well, looks aren't everything, and all that attention to the wrapping means comparable attention cannot have been lavished internally? Right? Wrong! Unlike some of Sony's recent amps, the TA-F3000ES runs rings around any competition it might face in this months' group, and provided the benchmark for some of the critical comments that have been wheeled out elsewhere.

Quite simply, the TA-F3000ES is exceptional. It is quick, focused and assured, with a tight, tuneful bass - no hint of overhang or excess - and a taut, crisp treble, sometimes to a fault. Dynamics are simply devastating within the power ceiling, though the latter is a little lower than average, and is the only area in which the Sony might be considered lacking.

I was most impressed by the absence of the usual solid-stage amplifier signatures. There was neither noticeable granularity, nor congestion, nor aggression, apart from an increased hardness, amounting to a metallic quality if the output rating was exceeded. The Sony simply sang, and its quality was obvious with all music I used.

The panel simply lapped it up. "I though this was a great amp; really quite dynamic; good treatment of all types of music; tight, controlled, doesn't lose it, though it did get a bit rattly when the volume was high," came one sum-up comment. "Very even-handed, no flaws," was another. However each listener noticed the lack of headroom, as in the comment above, and one triggered by the dynamic Granados track. That drew attention to "a definite envelope beyond which everything sounds a bit raucous".

Conclusion

The Sony TA-F3000ES is the star of the show, and resolutely proves the maxim that otherwise-competent amplifiers don't all sound the same. Though not recommended for use in big rooms or with insensitive speakers, otherwise in all respects it is a Best Buy.

AG

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $750.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eddie de Ruiter a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Ok I got my set cheap $1500 for the CD Player CDP-X3000ES, the RDS tuner ST-S3000ES , the TA-f3000ES and a special glass stand for the set (original price $650).
I went out for Rotel or Cyrus (Infinity), but I saw this beautifull small set. When the shop set it up to the newest B&W speakers, I couldn't believe what I heard of a Sony.
I just didn't know Sony had any high end models.
After listening I couldn't think why I shouldn't buy this set instead of spending 3 times more on a Cyrus (which also sounds great). This was just great value for money.
Now it's at my home and it gives my old Hepta Furore 80 CD (www.hepta.nl)speakers a new life.
Build quality is explendid considered to many more expensive amps. It sounds very clear, wide but also detailed
It sounds very well at the whole range from high to low.
It's a small complete amp, with infrared and it has even also a switchtable (MC/MM)phono input.
It has it's limitations as well. Only one set of speakers can be used, and 2 * 50 watts isn't that much, but it deserves a very good pair of speakers.


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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997




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