Sony TA-A1ES Integrated Amplifier

July 19, 2014


Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Sony TA-A1ES amplifier ($1999), which is the companion to Sony’s new HAP-Z1ES music server, at Words and Music. His conclusions:

“The TA-A1ES’s sense of grip on speakers is confidence-inspiring, and while it lacks some of the visual ‘bling’ common in some high-end amplifiers of the moment – no echoes of watch-faces or car dashboards here –, it has all the performance to suggest this is going to become one of those classic Sony products still spoken of in reverential tones many years from now. And yet for now it remains something of an unsung hero in the face of the blizzard of publicity surrounding the company’s hi-res audio players – which is why I’d firmly you suggest you try to take a listen, and decide for yourself exactly what all the lack of fuss is about.”

You can read the full review here.

You can read my review of the Sony HAP-Z1ES music server here.