The E80ES is a great preamp and likely the best one overall for that period. I find it has better sonics and looks over the TA-E77ESD and more useful features compared to the TA-E90ES. Hopefully I will not get board too soon, I plan to add a TA-N80ES as soon as I can find one that I can buy, in new condition of course
Thanks for the info. I noticed the belt that drives the carousel was streched on mine and would cause issues, so I used another belt I had lying around, it works, but it's not stock. Other than that, it works great. One day I am going to disassamble the carousel to clean it and lube it.
Yes, there are some major differences between the series. I had a CDP-C79ES and these are the differences I've noticed so far: The 87ES has copper plated chassis, aluminum top plate, ceramic feet, aluminum carousel, 4 screw side panels, more rigid chassis and Serial Chain system. The sound is very good, perhaps on the level of a CDP-X333ES, but I would say just shy of something like a CDP-X555ES which would have a better power supply and transport. Still good bang for the buck in todays market. You can get them for around $100-$125 in good shape.
I had seen that one, but looks not quite good enough. I am more of a collector than anything, so the components have to be as new looking as possible. I would also like to get the orignal box if possible too. Local would be the best, but there are none around here.
See a trend here? Looks like I've fallen off the wagon again and purchased another ES component. Original box/all accessories/near mint. I never had a TOTL changer, thought I may as well try one. Sony ES CDP-C87ES by mastercontrolmedia , on Flickr Sony ES Threesome. ST-S707ES TA-E80ES and CDP-C87ES by mastercontrolmedia , on Flickr[addsig]
I love Sony integrated amps. I had a TA-F530ES, but would love to get my hands on a 730 or 8 series model. They are rare around here though. As far as differences, I am no expert, but would expect more power/features/wood panels on the higher end models. I beleive the later generation models also used MOS FET outputs, the equivalanet models of the 70's would have used V FET, both are generally praised for sound quality.
For oil, there are many types, not sure what you have in your area, but I have used 3 in 1 general purpose oil or maybe sewing machine oil. You just have to use it sparingly as to not make a mess inside the player. I have also used white grease in some cases for gears and such. Perhaps others may want to chime in as well as to what they use.
The X555ES is one year newer than the X55ES if I recall, but persoanlly, if your 55 is running ok and is in good shape, you may want to bypass another 5 series machine and get a X779 or X707 instead. You will notice a bigger difference if you step up to a higher model. The lasers in those models I mentioned are easier to get compared to the X77 or X777. Or just get the X555 and add it to your collection!
You can try a light general purpose oil to see if that cures the problem. You may have to work the sled back and forth (machine off) to get things well oiled. The proper way is the dissamble the mechanism and clean all the old grease off and reapply some lithium grease, but that can be more of a complicated process.
Yeah those TA-N77ES are rare. I had a pair of them at one time, they were mint and sounded great! But, the N80ES is the same amp and sounds the same, so if you can get by those meters, you can save some cash. Warm Glow : TA-N77ES by mastercontrolmedia , on Flickr [addsig]
I never found anything locally, except when they were being sold new of course. Walking into that Sony store and going to the ES section in 1992-1994 was heaven! The salesman would allow me a 1 year trade-in and he also used to order me parts like remotes, wood side panels, ect. He eventually got fired, I think for making to many deals, of course I would spend thousands at that store, so he would try to make me happy... All my present purchases come from the US, so shipping is now a killer.
Hard to say of it was NOS, but it looks new and that is a good price IMO. Most of these pre's on eBay are in bad shape, so I would pay more to get one that is in mint shape and had minimal use, with the remote and box.
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