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Sony STR-SA5ES Tuners

4.78/5 (9 Reviews)


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

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Perfect Tuner, better than Revox.
Two Antenna's makes cable competing with wire aerial.

I brought this Tuner to complete my Sony ES-set. Then I wanted to check how this tuner was competing to the famous Revox Tuners (B-760). And it is a draw. It is an outstanding tuner. Similar sounding as an Revox and that is a complement!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Acoustique



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

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The SONY ST-SA5ES is one of the few tuners which can wring every last decibel of performance from FM broadcasts. This is/was the best tuner which Sony made in the last 15 years or so and was replaced by a cheaper version - the SA50ES which compromises on construction quality and power supplies.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I would start the review by confirming as most people have noted, the build quality is outstanding. The tuner is made by Sony in Japan. I live in San Francisco, and even under the best of conditions FM reception here is an absolute disaster. To make matters worse, my home is ina valley so the main signals travel several hundred feet over my head. The tuner does a good job of pulling in weak signals and an okay job with multipath interference (the real problem here). It is loaded with usefull features. I find the most usefull to be that you have a choice between not just stereo or mono, but a "blend" feature. On many tuners, if your signal is a little noisy, you have to choose the mono option. But this takes away all of the channel separation and much of the fidelity of the music--the music is not worth hearing. With the Sony's blend feature, most of the fidelity is preserved while most of the noise is eliminated. Very usefull. The multitude of features can also be individually chosen and programed for each station and preset. This tuner is an extremely good choice for tuners under $1,000. However, I tried a friends Magnum Dynalab, and the Dynalab is magical. The Dynalab pulls in stations perfectly that I have no right receiving. The sound quality is also superior. You get what you pay for. If you live in an area where reception is pretty good, I think you will be very pleased with the Sony. If you live in a problem area and want to listen to the low power college jazz station you may want to get a Fanfare or Dynalab. Also, as other people have mentioned not providing a remote is silly. Ultimately considering the price, I think there is noway the unit gets anything but a 5 rating considering the price. Do an internet search, because the unit shows up new at some of the buying services for $419. PS--I rotate a Magnum Dynalab antenna on my roof.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $419.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by john a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This tuner - Sony STR-SA50ES - does a nice job complimenting the rest of my gear. Radio reception sounds like music, not like a receiver. It does well with distant stations. Quiet music passages sound good. The Rotel 940 revealed static and interference in these same passages for almost the same price.

One caveat is that while the tuner is remote compatible, it doesn't come with a remote. I'm using a really old remote that I used with a Sony reciever years ago. It works fine.

Some station programming functions are a bit erratic. The ANT ATT switch can't be programed out of a station profile, despite the manual's suggestion that it not be used unless needed. The curse of lame software programming comes to home audio.

The manual doesn't address all of the functions.

my gear:
Dynaudio 1.8 mk II speakers
Rotel RB-1080 200 w/c
Rotel RC-995 pre
Sony STR-SA50ES
Sony SCD-C333ES SACD
Rotel RR-969 (great programmable remote)
Synergistic / Alpha interconects




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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $395.00

Purchased At:   oade bros



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

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
An exceptional tuner in its price class. Very natural and open sound with outstanding performance for broadcast (live) classical music. Puts to shame the $1000 tuners which come with a host of problems such as knobs falling off etc!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   dealer




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