Sony TA-FA777ES

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In fact, this where it really ends, for Sony as well as all the others : the launch of the best and least compressed audio format ever accessible to a soon-to-be wide audience.
SACD is like 10-bit / 4:4:4 video : pure signal, no loss. Unfortunately, it is big, bulky, expensive, and requires new loudspeakers, new sources and... new discs.

Ten years after, we all know where things are at : computers have engulfed everything and the best way to sell albums seems to either include a video track and "bonuses" aplenty or to go the download way through myspace and youtube.
Attempts at quality downloading (even 24/96 high-res) are actually ongoing but whether this will make a market (even if niche-like) remains to be seen.

So the TA-FA777ES was Sony's last stand for 2-channel audio, for the home and the old fashioned way, with Takashi Kanai at the helm as he had been since the late 1970s.

Non-magnetic and gold-plated MOS-FETs, Torus Toroidal Core transformer, copper-plated chassis (something Sony did much before Marantz started being praised for such audiophile seriousness), ultra-select parts, solid aluminium controls, heatsinks and switches - the TA-FA777ES inherited from both the contemporary TA-N1 & TA-E1 and the Series 5000 tricks while remaining price-wise accessible.

It was Sony's last high-end but non-exorbitant ES pre/main amplifier - a 1999 version of the 1965 ES TA-1120.

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Sony TA-FA777ES specifications
Title Value
Power amp : all-DC pure-complementary SEPP Mos-Fet
Preamp : low-noise, high-gain EQ amp
Power section : large-capacity power supply with Advanced STD
Output power : 2x 100W (8 Ohm)
2x 150W (4 Ohm)
Dynamic headroom : 2dB (4 Ohm)
1,2dB (8 Ohm)
Throughrate : 125V /µs
250V /µs (inside)
THD : 0,005% (10W, 8 Ohm)
Residual noise : < 115µV (network A)
Damping factor : 100 (1Khz, 8 Ohm)
Power bandwidth : 10Hz...100Khz (40W output, 0,08% THD)
Frequency response : 2Hz...100Khz (+0 / -3dB)
±0,2dB (RIAA)
Inputs : 0,25mV / 100 Ohm (MC)
2,5mV / 50kOhm (MM)
150mV / 30kOhm (lines)
Outputs : 150mV / 1kOhm (tape 1/2/3 rec out)
10mW (8 Ohm load, headphones)
Maximum input level : 9mV (MC, 1Khz)
150mV (MM, 1Khz)
S/N ratio : 78dB (MC, 0,5V input)
87dB (MM, 2,5mV input)
105dB (lines)
Dimensions : 43 x 17,5 x 45cm
Weight : 23kg.
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