Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 4 out of 5 by bobby101 good amp
This is a transparent amplifier. There are no weakness in any areas. There is no point to complaint about the sonic weakness of this amplifier when compared to a much more expensive amplifier. At $2000, you can not even a average pre-amp. Sony does give you a good deal.
May 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Disbeliever2 Yes I was Surprised Too!
I compared this amplifier to my Superuniti and I hate to say that Sony blows this out of the water. Excellent sound that is not too forward nor too laid back. Very natural sound that presents my HI-Res files (Cream & Blind Faith 24/192) is power and authority. The audiophile in me should say that this amp is not good since it is a Sony ....not a Naim, Bryston, Classe, etc .....but I can't. Sony has delivered big time! Welcome back to Audio world Sony ... we missed you.
April 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Disbeliever AVOID
TA-1AES amp. big disappointment, runs too hot, sounds artificial, heat sinks too small, FET input distortion too high,,no unity gain/bypass facility. distracting bright white light circles around facia line indicators, Black case color mandatory. WHF? says Does,nt convey rhythms particularly well, I find it conveys nothing particularly well and I am a Sony fan with the excellent DA5400ES/XA5400ES combo. Disregard the IMO inaccurate HFN & RR review.
March 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CrystalClear Fantastic Sound Purity
I waited for something like this to come out from Sony for a while, I have one of the first serial numbers, very cool. The sound is spectacular, and as simple as it is I love that you can choose the headphone impedance and the silver look. The xlr balanced input makes a big difference. This was built to please.
February 18, 2014