I had no great expectations about this amplifier, because I knew that this is a very cheap and simple gear. The amplifier works well, I had no problems with that, but the sound of it is a compromise: sounds good only with high quality, well damped speakers. Cheap loudspeakers with thin sidewalls are not recommended, because this amplifier raises the effect of those. It is very lightweight (only 5,5 kg) and compact, but quite powerful, only the serious heat up is worrying.
This Sony has clear, but a bit unkind, scratching tonality, something like sandpaper, comparing to Yamahas, which have smooth, but clear sound like silk.
Another bad thing is, that TA-FE370 cuts the deepest bass range. It is definitely sensible in large rooms, comparing to other amplifiers.
There are no preamp stages in this gear (only for phono), this means, that tone control circuit and record output uses directly the original input signal, this is an undemanding solution, and may cause problems like: improper impedance match; general signal level loss; unwanted loss some parts of freqvency range; noise etc.
+ lightweight, compact
+ binding posts
+ properly working knobs
+ good remote
- raises weakness of cheap loudspeakers
- only high quality loudspeakers recommended
- a bit unkind, scratching tonality
- cuts deepest bass
- small and cheap buffer capacitors in the power unit (6800 mF)
- no buffer- and pre-amplifier stages (only for phono)
- serious heat up (which maybe dangerous to output stage)
- average DC offset voltage
- simple, conventional tone control
- cheap parts inside
- plastic front
This is a great amplifyer that I had wanted for quite a few months and ended up putting an icon on my desktop that automatically took me to the item on Amazon .... I checked this twice a day for price and the actual supplier! The sound quality is great, my music is all on the rooms in my house, so he do the job. The source selection is great also and the remote control has the basic function.
Mainly because of the remote capability it is very hard to get hold off. This is relected by the very high prices quoted by other outlets that have stock of them. Other than Amazon if a low price is quoted they do not have stock and are vague or cannot tell you when they willl have.
I use the amp in with a couple of largish aiwa speakers tht are very good, this hooked up to Roberts digital MP3/radio and also a Sony discman. It's also available in balck or white, it's up to you to choose your colour.
The amp is capable are far more than this and is totally over qualified but at the price it doesnt matter and the flexibility to add higher spec items is always open.
It is bigger than it appears in the pictures so check the dimensions if space is at a premium.
Update : this product is already unvailable at Amazon co uk, but you can try to buy it on ebay maybe.
I've had this amp for 6 years and use it to run Sony separates. The amp produces crisp clear sound and has done from day zero.
The amp was simple to set up and connect with the other stereo components, there are adequate ports and sockets at the back of the amp and if you need more Sony branded adaptors are readily available at a small price.
Controls are simple through the remote and also when using the physical buttons on the front. Right from set up the amp has been easy to use,I have connected further parts to my stereo system since owning the amp and all have been immediately recognised. At no time has the amp malfunctioned or refused to play a format.
Like many Sony stereo products this amp was discontinued in favour of a new model. Its impossible to source brand new but is a model available in second hand music stores.
It works with non Sony equipment so if you're discovering your brand it's a good starter amp that is also suitable for those with a more serious home set up.
The remote control that is supplied with the amp also controls the rest of my separates bit not all functions are available so my preference is to use the individual remote controls.
The amp has a solid build and feels like a quality piece of kit, I expect to have many more years use from it and am sure it won't fail me even after 6 years of ownership.
NB : This review is exactly the same as for the Sony TA-FE370. The 'S' denotes that it is, in fact, silver - whereas the standard model is black. Other than that, both amplifiers are completely identical, so this is the same review : I purchased this amplifier about a year ago, and i have been extremely pleased with it. i am a student in music technology, so i am quite picky when it comes to audio equipment, but this is a fantastic amplifier for the price. >value< unfortunalely, due to my financial standing as a student, i was limited to around £100-150. i would ideally want a mid-range amplifier such as a denon, but at this price range you will only get a low wattage model. i have 120w floor-standing speakers, so i decided to go for this sony beast, which has a power handling of 140w rms (70w per channel, stereo). 'bang per buck' is excellent here' >first impressions and aesthetics< first impressions were good - build and appearance are of typical sony quality. the amplifier comes in black as standard, but mine is the ta-fe370s (silver). the device is simple to set up - and the included remote control will also operate other sony seperates if you have them (convenient, but useless for me as my cd player is a kenwood). sony remote controls always ooze quality and ease of use - this is no exception. i have the amplifier connected to this cd player, as well as my pc (for music playback/recording, games, dvd etc). >sound quality< frequency response is good, although i find myself manually increasing the tone controls often (particularly the treble). the 'loudness' button is supposed to increase both bass and treble at low volumes, but i found this a bit wimpy - i never bother with it, and just adjust the tone controls by hand. however, once you have the amp set up to your personal preference, the sound quality is excellent. it will only sound as good as your speakers allow it, ho
wever :) the excess power is very handy - the high power handling allows you to crank the volume up to neighbour-assaulting levels without any distortion (depending on your speakers, of course). >connectivity< there are inputs for 6 sound sources, which is very helpful, allowing you to connect Tape, MD, CD, Tuner, Phono AND Aux (eg TV) at the same time. >Conclusion< Overall, this is a great sounding and very powerful stereo amplifier from a good brand at an amazing price. If you are looking for power and performance on a budget, then you cannot go wrong with this! Dave. More information can be found at: http://products.sony.co.uk/productdetail.asp?id=7_75_357