Inflation Adjusted RRP: >$2,500.00 USD*
*(not all units RRP known)
Founded in 1946 Sony corporation have remained as market leaders in the innovative design of high quality personal and professional electronic devices.
Sony has never been a company to imitate competitors and rather developed their own distinct and elegant designs, some of which have even been ‘borrowed’ by Apple.
This vintage Sony HiFi component system that comprises the following components;
Sony TA-1066 Amplifier (1975)
Sony ST-5066 Tuner (1975)
Sony SS-630 40 Watt 3-Way Speakers (~1975)
Sony TC-131SD Cassette Deck (1974)
Sony PS-212 Direct Drive Turntable (1978)
Sony’s TA series of amplifiers were originally introduced in the 1960’s and were the first Japanese stereo amplifiers to utilise all silicon transistors.
The 1973 TA-1066 and ST-5066 stereo amplifier and tuner combination are a fine example of Sony design and technical innovation featuring a distinctive linear slider potentiometers that were not commonly seen on Japanese stereo components of this vintage.
The ST-5066 AM and FM Stereo tuner display is gorgeous yet uncomplicated design and its design style matches the amplifier. The units are both made in matching wood enclosures.
Sony’s design and style is at its best when it is subtle and understated. What I appreciate in this model is the use a green lighting on both the tuner and for the the single bulb on the amplifier.
The ST-5066 AM and FM Stereo Tuner display is gorgeous yet uncomplicated and its push button controls match the amplifier. The units both come in matching wood enclosures.
The TA-1066 Amplifier has undergone a comprehensive service and all lamps and indicators are working. Rated at 18-22 Vintage Watts RMS per channel (depending on which source you read) this systems provides a powerful yet velvety sound that we have come to expect from quality 1970s equipment.
The TC-131SD cassette deck comes from the Sony’s 1973/74 Catalog and is in the popular studio deck style. From the era when cassettes were seen as a serious HiFi items and the build quality of this unit is a testament to 1970s Japanese engineering. Its original MSRP of $240.00 USD today would be around $1241.00USD adjusted for inflation.
This unit has been serviced and new belts fitted as well. It featured Dolby Noise Reduction, independent left/right recording potentiometers and analog VU meters, volume limiter, 4-track/2-channel playback/recording, Chrome tape support, F&F heads and more. You will be pleasantly surprised at just how good a cassette can sound! This unit is in vintage condition and while structurally sound it does have some marks, and there is a small ding in the wood veneer at the rear of the unit, being at the back however this is not noticeable, and overall the unit still looks good.
Sony’s PS-212 1978 Semi-Automatic BSL Direct Drive turntable features distinctive styling and fantastic build-quality with adjustable speed and pitch controls, a strobe light…it is a great example of high quality 1970s Sony engineering. This unit is in vintage condition and does have some marks on the perspex and body, though not that many. There is some wear across the brand/model faceplate but this is due to the turntables design and virtually all these models have the same marks from wear here. Overall the unit looks really good.
This system is completed by two beautiful Sony SS-630 3-Way 40-Watt 8ohm bookshelf speakers from circa 1975 and finished in attractive wood grain enclosures and cloth grilles.
Overall these units are fairly clean for there age but are in vintage condition with a few scratches showing and a minor indentation on the top edge of the tuner.
TA-1066 Stereo Amplifier Specifications:
- RMS Power: 18Watts per channel @ 8 ohms
- THD: <0.8%
- Power Bandwidth: 10Hz – 40kHz (8 ohms, IHF)
- Dimensions: 410mm (W) x 120mm (H) x 280mm (D)
- 16 1/8″ (W) x 4 11/16″ (H) x 11 1/16″ (D)
- Weight: 6 kg / 13 lb 4 oz
- PHONO Input: 2.5 mV, 50 k ohms
- TAPE 1
- TAPE 2
Posted In: HiFi Systems
Regarding these early Sony components now called vintage audio, the sound print they have is unique and quite impressive once you free your mind of it’s a Sony and let the Sony’ness have the freedom for you to listen. It is warm and velvety as you described. I’d like to add seductive with companionship due to what was just mentioned but then I’ve found myself often going back to these vintage Sony’s as a mainstay because they not only sound great, they’ve got a nice aesthetic that blends with classic and contemporary decor, simplicity of operation, and have features you want or need rather than a bunch of over hyped bells and whistles. In my opinion. I like them.
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Tengo un Sony TA-1150 y estoy enamorado. Reproduce un sonido muy cálido, realista y natural, no importa la cantidad de horas que escuches por qué no aburre nunca.
Se complementa perfecto con mis DS 31C mkii logra controlar los bajos perfectamente y les saca un rendimiento que nos pude lograr otros amps de Buena Raza como marantz.