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  1. I'm thinking about a set of perhaps 3 or 4 meetings (or more), each at a different home, listening to/reviewing/discussing various different performances/recordings of Beethoven piano sonatas, starting at my home in October. The emphasis would be on quality of reproduction as well as subjective evaluation of the performances themselves. This would be under the auspices of the Audiophile Society of NSW. Discussions would be reported in the ASoN newsletter and on its website. Attendees might be expected to pay a nominal fee (say $5) toward refreshments and leave each person's home in no worse a state than before the meeting. I have recordings of Beethoven sonatas by some dozen or more pianists, including 3 different recordings by Daniel Barenboim of the 32 sonatas (and a 4th recording of the Hammerklavier sonata when he was in his teens). Most of the recordings I have are of just two or three sonatas (though some of these are part of a recording of the whole set). I would expect that each meeting would listen to just a single sonata, comparing performances and recordings, though this would be decided by consensus at the initial meeting. There would be no compulsion for the group to suffer through an entire abominable performance or hideous recording, if the consensus was to move on to another more interesting one. Is there any interest among SNA members? Regards Warren
  2. Some may have seen this new (2nd hand) purchase I made in the "vintage audio" topic. Here I intend to look into the Sony TA-700ES in greater detail and also compare it to another couple of excellent integrated amps I have, the 40w quasimodo (Cafad has recently reviewed) and my 150w diy honey badger(info on diyaudio forums) I made a few years back. First some pics. Recent purchase from Germany (ebay) They seems to have lots of excellent old sony products over there. Amp is in great condition for it's age. Just a few minor scratches that are hardly noticeable. I have not cleaned the amp. What you see is how it has arrived. Being an ES series sony has used excellent parts. Starting with gold inputs for phono and cd input. Here you have a new Australian plugtop installed to replace the German type. Das nice. Tops off. This is very clean inside with a very low amount of dust inside. This was obviously kept in a nice clean environment during its lifetime. The techier guys(and non techies) should appreciate the great Sony ES engineering inside this beast. Large Sony EI transformer, green Nichicon Muse capacitors, some Elna Silmics(or cerafine, not sure which) in there as well. Big ass power caps 2x 12000uf and 2x 4700uf Great supply brand. Sony has used some quality components here these are showing no signs of stress, no bulging tops or anything. This particular transformer in this amp has 240v connections on it so it was swapped from Germanys 220v to our 240v tap (top left red and purple wires swapped). Good Quality large annodised cast heatsink (unlike a lot of amps of this time that use an L piece of aluminium with fins formed by scrapping them out of that L piece, like NAD) Large power supply caps with bits of foam on top. What's the foam for you say. Well a perspex top sits on the foam mechanically fixing the caps to stop micro vibrations or microphonics if your a valve man(just part of that sony engineering here). If anyone has info on who made the "Great supply caps" that would be great? A couple of quality Elna caps here and many green Nichicon Muse caps in the mix. Pic from The Vintage Org. How it looked when new. Sony's first amp series to have its "Gibraltar Chassis" made from polyester, calcium and carbon to reduce chassis vibrations. (insane). This thing comes in at 18.3Kg. 2 x 110w continuous Rms into 8 ohms (0.004% THD). 2 x 145w continuous rms into 4 ohms (0.008% THD) 20-20k both chanels driven. Impressive specs. Simon
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