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 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
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 5 out of 5 by MolecularDynamix Spectacular, smooth & satisfying sound from Sony!
Spectacular, smooth & satisfying sound from Sony: This beautiful amp is Class A in many ways - and all that finesse in a modern and elegant design!
Absolutely incredible Class A sound from my Sony TA-A1ES Hi-Res amplifier! I could not be happier - and I do not say that often, especially regarding audiophile equipment. Drives my very high end ($$$) loudspeakers which can drop to ~2 ohms. Smart Class A topology in a modern and very elegant design.
Excellent, solid build quality. If you read a few reviews on this amp, and glean from one of them the not so subtle intimations that in side by side comparisons of the TA-A1ES with other, but much more expensive ultra-high end audiophile Class A amps, the differences were 'too close for comfort".
Minutes after setting up the TA-A1ES and a quick listen, I was so delighted with the amplifier's apercu that I immediately purchased its companion product, the Sony HAP-Z1ES digital network player that I and many others have found to be equally sensational!
Regarding the HAPZ1ES Hi-Res network player. I was really impressed by the build quality - and sound quality - and the convenience - and the app! Really nice work by Sony.
I am very satified with the network player and the TAA1ES Class A amplifier. Great combo. It is playing in the background right now...I am really pleased with these Sony products. The best money #enjoyment / investment ratio# I have spent on audio!
March 25, 2015
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 1 out of 5 by flashy2828 dont buy it sounds bad
sounds bad for the money. don't buy u wasting ya time. my laptop sounds better. look elsewhere.
September 26, 2014