The TA-FE230is an excellent amplifier for your first seperate hifi system. The Bass and treble features are'nt exactly excellent but theyre certainly good enough. the amp sounds different depending on the type of speakers connected to it, I have a pair of Sony speakers from the mini system, MHC-RG110 connected to it and the sound quality is great. It has 6 inputs and 2 outputs, both of which are being used on mine to enable me to record on both my tape deck and the CD. deck.
I have found that being able to control the speakers on or off from one knob very useful. The amp features a loudness switch which when switched on, boosts the treble and bass by quite a signifficant level, if you like bass that doesnt dominate the sound but is noticeably there then this is an ideal amp for you.
With a power rating of 120 Watts, its quite loud, I havent been able to really hammer it but ive manged to have turned up just over half-way, the volume dial is'nt numberd but if it were, it wouldve been around 7 on a 1-10 basis. The sound was not distorted in any form and the bass and treble still sounded the same, the bass was not cut out or anything.
The amp is ideal for a beginner in seperates but is not to be under-estimated, It may look simple and bland but it really does kick the power out, an excellent amp for every day use.
One downfall, when played at high volume for about half an hour it does get very hot indeed. Not a good idea to have an all night party with this one, u may set fire to it haha!
If you are looking for a no frills amplifier that has the power to drive a range of loudspeakers then the Sony TA-FE230 is a good choice. This is a straight stereo amplifier offering basic facilities with 6 inputs and 2 outputs through phono connectors mounted at the rear of the chassis. These comprise a 'Phono' input for a turntable, Tuner, CD, Aux, and 2 Tape inputs plus 2 Tape outputs that enable recording and a headphone socket on the front panel. Operation is very simple, a push button to switch on and off, a large round knob to control the volume and next to that is another large rotary knob for selecting the various sources. This has a small lamp pointer to indicate which input source you are listening to, unfortunately this lamp is also the only indication that the amplifier is switched on and is very discreet. I felt I needed a better indication that the amp was on but that might have spoilt the overall look, a typically slick black Sony design. There is a balance control and bass and treble adjustment, which is smooth and has adequate boost and cut to adjust for room acoustics. I additionally like the ability to switch the speakers on and off from the front panel, which is handy for me if I want to switch to headphones for closer monitoring. The amplifier delivers controlled bass whilst maintaining a balanced sound, comfortably driving the Mission M 70 speakers I use to monitor my PC sound editing system. It will also produce a hefty volume without distortion though to be fair I haven't tried it with more demanding speakers, sounding happy with all types of programme material including rock and classical though the overall performance will depend on the speakers you attach to it. I would rate the sound quality as very good but they don't have that option. The only thing that would make it better would have been the addition of a tape monitor button however you get what you pay for. Runs nice an cool t
oo. Overall, at around 80-90 pounds an excellent amplifier for those on a budget.