Integrated Stereo Amplifier
Entry-level pure amplifier
with new Hi-fi design
Output power 110 W x 2 (DIN 4 Ohm)
6 audio inputs
System remote commander
I needed a new hifi because my old mini system
just doesnt cut it anymore - it sounds rubbish!
So I set myself a limit of about £150
for the amplifier and after looking around I
found this to be the best one. Ive also used
Sony equipment before so I know they are a name
I can trust. Anyway, lets get straight down
to the review. I know most of you just like
to look at the pics so I took quite a few :o).
Fresh from the shops
Opening her up, you can see that you get batteries
for the remote control which is good. Also the
fact that you actually get a remote, because
I bought it thinking that you didnt get one,
which is nice.
Theres the on/off button, and below it you can
see the IR sensor for the surprise remote control
Theres the headphones socket and the EON Link...
Enhanced other Networks (EON) is one of the
convienient RDS (Radio Data System) services.
This allows the unit to switch to a programme
type of your choice when one starts in your
area. When this amplifier is connected to a
Sony radio Tuner also with EON the amplifier
switches to any EON programme that is broadcast
within your EON area, and switches back to the
previous source when the program ends. To use
it you have the button in ( LED on ) and to
disable it you have the button out ( LED off
). There is more information about this in the
Here you see the tape monitor function button,
I dont have a tape deck so wont be using this,
but it is a feature that other amps dont have
just like the EON link. It is used to monitor
the sound that is being recorded, but this can
only be used if the tape deck has separate recording
and playback heads.
The switch to turn the speakers on or off. I'd
rather have this over having the speakers turn
off automatically when I plug my headphones
in. Then you can listen with headphones on at
the same time, or have a wireless set of headphones
so someone can listen in another area of the
house while you are listening to the speakers.
The standard Bass and Treble controls that can
be found on most good hifi systems ( unlike
my old one - grrr! ). Useful for if you want
to add some pumpin' bass to your music, or to
adjust the sound to how you like it.
Standard balance controls, present on any good
hifi system, again unlike my old one!
This is the source direct button, when depressed
( LED on ) it allows you to listen to the source
directly, bypassing the Bass, Treble, Balance
and Loudness controls.
The Loudness button. I previously only thought
these were available in cars but obviously not!
The Loudness function just adds extra Bass and
Treble or reinforces them when you are listening
at low levels.
Ahh - the lovely volume control. Its a motorised
pot you know! (back off you modders, you aint
having it! :p)
Just a view from the top, you can see all the
The standard phono inputs at the back - I noticed
they are not gold plated though.
The nice jumbo speaker terminals. To the right
you can also see the EON link socket that I
The Power Cable. One disadvantage is that you
cant remove it, its stuck in there. Im sure
there's a reason for this but atm I cant think
On to the
There she is, I apologise for the poor picture
The top part of it, where you can see the standby
button, and the source selector buttons, and
also the controls for the Tuner if you have
Here you can see all the controls for the other
decks if you have them, which is a nice feature
because it means you dont have to have too many
controls. Although you will need them if you
need todo more advanced things as this one only
supports the simple functions.
Theres the bottom of it, showing the volume
control which will make that lovely motorised
pot go round and round.
Well there you have it, lots of pictures so
if you were interested in buying this amp I
hope they helped you out. All I can really say
so far is that its a vast improvement over my
last system as it has a lot more features and
it sounds a lot better even though my current
speakers are over 20 years old. I'll be getting
some new ones soon so you can expect a review
of those too. Overall, i'd say that its a very
good purchase for the money. There are much
better amps out there but then again none of
them are as cheap as this. Another quality product