Sony TA-F80

October   1 9 7 8 october 1978
1 9 8 1 1981

A transitional unit, the TA-F80 boasted two of Sony's late 70s tricks :
the PLPS and the 'logical' signal path seen in the TA-E88B and TA-E86B 1977/78 high-end preamplifiers.

The Heat Pipe cooling system was a novelty, as used in the exactly contemporary Precise TA-P7F. New also were the bright red flashy bright red flashy LEDs !

An attempt to pack those innovations into a more conventional format than the pre-Esprit units, the TA-F80 and its stark design was, along its smaller siblings (TA-F70, TA-F60), fairly quickly withdrawn in favor of... even smaller boxes, like the Japan-only TA-F50 or the worldwide and later TA-F55 cutie.

Made to power sounds coming from the TC-K80, PS-B80 and... no, we're in Sony territory so there was no ST-J80 nor SS-G80 :)

Not being small, the TA-F80 has a magnificent "feel" of use - shafts, knobs, switches all feel like what they are : high-end quality.

At 150,000¥, the TA-F80 was no gadget and price-wise on par with a Marantz Pm-6 - and even a little pricier than a Luxman L-58A.

A japanese test I have at hand shows that, sound-wise, the TA-F80 was no cheap thingy with gimmicky modern looks. And no wonder : the TA-F80 mainly is a TA-E86B and updated TA-N86B in one box !
- according to Mirko Essling, it is even better.

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Sony TA-F80 specifications
Title Value
Power : 2x 120W (20Hz...20Khz, 8 Ohm)
Distortion : 0,007% at rated power
0,0025% (1W)
Frequency response : 5Hz...30Khz
Power bandwidth : DC...100Khz (+0 / -1dB)
Damping factor : 100 (1Khz / 8 Ohm)
Residual noise : 100µV (8 Ohm load)
S/N ratio : 105dB
88dB (MM)
80dB (MC)
HA equivalent input noise : -152dB/V
Inputs : Phono MM (2,5mV / 100 Ohm...100kOhm)
Phono MC (0,125mV / 100 Ohm)
2x Tape / 1x Aux / 1x Tuner (150mV / 50kOhm)
MM loading : 100 / 130 /200 /300 /400pF
MC (head amp) loading : 40 Ohm / 3 Ohm / bypass
Outputs : 2x Tape (150mV / 4,7kOhm)
2 speakers sets
Tone controls : ± 10dB@25Hz (turnover 250Hz)
± 10dB@?Hz (turnover ?Hz)
Subsonic : 12dB/oct below 15Hz
Dimensions : 43 x 16 x 41cm
Weight : 9,9kg
PC : 550W max.
Componentry : 6 ICs
8 FETs
26 LEDs
78 transistors
59 diodes
List price : 2400DM (1980)
Features : gold-plated phono inputs
PLPS power supply
Heat-Pipe cooling system
built-in Head Amp
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