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    Moderated By: Maxxwire
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    Sony vintage setup + HT Dashboard
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    Last Reply: May 1, 2007, 2:26 pm

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-23 13:14

    Hello all!


    I've lurked through these forums for years, finally got around to registering. Great place !


    And since I see posts here and there of Sony/Sony ES gear from their glory days (that now seem to be well buried as far as 2ch audio is concerned), I figured I should show my humble collection of Sony vintage components I have gathered, refurbed and sound absolutely amazing. And the build quality is really second to none, the four components of my setup weigh around 70kg all together.

    Setup is as follows:

    - Sony PS-X75 biotracer turntable

    - Sony CDP-X777ES cdplayer

    - Sony TA-E88B dual mono preamp

    - Sony TA-N7B dual mono VFET poweramp

    - Sony SS-G4D carbocon speakers


























    For my HT setup (to keep this a little bit ontopic) I have the following going:

    - Sony KV-28FX60 Wega widescreen tv

    - Sony STR-840QS 5.1 receiver

    - Sony DVP-NS900V QS DVD/SACD player

    - Sony DVP-NS725D DVD player

    - KEF IQ5 fronts, Q10C center, IQ1 surrounds, Mission MS8 sub

    - Freevo mediacenter



    Hope you enjoy the pics

    [ This message was edited by: Stoffie on 2007-04-23 13:17 ]


       


    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-23 14:55

    Stoffie- What a wonderful collection of vintage Sony Stereo Audio equipment you have! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    I especially like the 1979 Sony TA E88BES Dual Mono Preamp and the 1978 100 wpc TA N7B VFET Dual Mono Power Amp.

    This must be a very sweet sounding combination!

    ~Maxx~

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-23 17:27

    Thanks ! It's cost me blood sweat and tears to get all this stuff, pretty rare overhere.

    It does sound bloody awesome. In fact it doesn't sound like anything at all, it's just music

    Pieces of music that are percieved as just music on another setup, just have that bit extra, the involvement to touch you, it's beautiful! I have been rediscovering my entire music collection for the past few months...

    Now the only thing left is to find that elusive pair of Sony APM 6's... (8's are way too big for my house, and the 4's design I do not like much and I won't go for anything less). Guess that will cost me a trip to Japan or something!

    Although a pair of SS-G7's would also be kinda nice


       
    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-23 18:40

    The Sony APM 6 speakers are elusive indeed. I had to go to a Japanese website just to get a picture of them!



    www.niji.or.jp/home/k-nisi/apm-6.jpg

    In 1982 the APM 6's sold for $US8,000 per pair. I wonder what a pair of them would sell for 25 years later?

    ~Maxx~


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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 01:02

    Check out Hifido


    Still a lot of money... about 3000 USD

    Keep on drooling

    [ This message was edited by: Stoffie on 2007-04-24 01:06 ]


       
    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 02:01

    Stoffie- Even at $US3,000 the APM-6's sold within 3 days!!

    If your Sony gear has 120v power supplies what means are you using that allow you to run it on a 230v power grid?

    ~Maxx~

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 05:19

    Everything except the turntable is 230V, they all come from Germany. Turntable comes from the US. For the turntable I am using a step down transformer, which works fine even though there is still the 50/60Hz difference, but since the motor is DC, that is not a problem.


       
    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 13:37



    1978 Sony SS G-7

    Have you had any Sony SS G-7 sightings?

    ~Maxx~

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 13:54

    Plenty, there pop up on ebay regularly, last pair I saw went for 1600... but that one was really mint.

    However, these things need to be offered locally because they are way to heavy to be shipped. Alas...

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    Sony pre-Esprit - ESPRIT - V-FET - APM - ES


       
    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 14:21

    Those SS G-7's must have been really minty beacuse they sold new in 1978 for $US2,000!

    ~Maxx~

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 15:16

    Oops, I thought it was 1600 but it's 'only' 1212

    Still a bunch of money for such an old, although very nice speaker!

    Aforementioned auction

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    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 15:59

    Still there aren't many 29 year old speakers that can command over 60% of their original retail price!

    I think this speaks volumes about the high quality of the Sony SS G-7 speakers.

    I couldn't find any information about the Sony SS G-4D speakers were they exclusively an Asian/European release?

    ~Maxx~

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 16:48

    The SS-G4 were supposedly a revamped SS-G5 with updated drivers. Although mine do not have the original tweeters anymore (previous owner probably blew them), they sing a very involving song

    Jap SS-G4 info

    Have you checked out www.thevintageknob.org ? There is a wealth of vintage Sony info there...

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    Sony pre-Esprit - ESPRIT - V-FET - APM - ES


       
    Maxxwire
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      Posted: 2007-04-24 19:26

    I did check out www.thevintageokob.org which usually has exensive information on Vintage Sony gear, but in this case the only vintage G series speaker they even listed was the SS G5X and they had no information on it.

    Its always more reliable anyway to get information from the owner/operator. Thanks for the link to the information on the SS G4. Are those presence ans brilliance controls on the front of the speakers just to the right of the transducers?

    ~Maxx~

    ~Maxx~

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    Stoffie
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      Posted: 2007-04-25 02:13

    The Sony SS-G7 info is in the ESPRIT section. I'm sure Axel has tons more info on all kinds of Sony stuff, but has no time to post it all.

    There are a couple of Japanese websites with a wealth of info on vintage gear, too bad it's in Japanese, and those translation engines aren't really all that yet.

    The knob is for the tweeter level, -3db to +3db

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