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Sony TA-88

Integrated Stereo Amplifier (1972)

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Sony TA-88


Power output: 13 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 15Hz to 50kHz

Input sensitivity: 3mV (MM), 250mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 60dB (MM), 80dB (line)

Output: 250mV (line), 30mV (DIN)

Dimensions: 130 x 230 x 165mm

Weight: 3.2kg

Year: 1972


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Reviewed May 19th, 2015 by tandaman

Fantastic design and sound from this little unit. If you find one, keep it! and look out for the ST 88 and the SQ 100 as well.

Reviewed May 18th, 2015 by powers_of_ten

Excellent tiny Amplifier with good sound qualities - if good speakers such as Heco are connected. What is a special highlight is that this little amplifier does not emit any heat (!) even at higher power settings.
When listening the special arrangement of the Bass and treble sliders allows for an enhancement of the sound with just one movement. Power bass and Treble- lots of fun!

Reviewed May 19th, 2012 by skyranger

My brother bought this and a Sony cassette deck c. 72. The cassette deck is long gone but the TA-88 has only just given up. Warm sound and sentimental attachment may mean paying over the odds to have the power supply fixed but after 40 years it deserves some respect.



re: TA-88

We had three TA-88s at my technical school in Cuba, around 1976. We used them for everything: small-group teachers´or students activities, anywhere we needed good quality sound for a small-to medium sized group indoors. We used them with the SS-70 speaker system, I don´t remember now if they had tweeters. Only a small group of persons (teachers and students) handled these TA-88s, but anyway they were used (and moved) a lot more than they were designed for. Later we used them for monitoring in the school´s CCTV studio. They were made to last. Only some fuses burned ocassionally, and in later years the round input selector knob was broken in one of the units (maybe it fell over the front panel).
Of course, with better speaker systems they would have performed much better. But for that we had a TA-1130 that loved to TOAST the cross-overs and woofers of our SS-8150 (I think) 100-W speakers, even with two speakers connected to each channel, and a TA-4650.
Great design, the TA-88. I would have loved to have also the ST-88 tuner, only knew it from catalogues.

re: TA-88

I bought my TA-88 brand new in 1972, my very first stereo, bought with my own money. Loved the sound then and love it now .. it's still working great! All I've done over the years is change fuses a couple of times. The sound is full and warm, with lots of power for my purposes, and it'll be used again and again in my family rec room over this Christmas season, yet again. I went on in life to get into electronics, and was the local authorized Sony tech at the Sound Centre audio shop in Fernie, British Colombia, Canada. Great to find this site with all the info I'll need to keep it running for *another* 40 years .. :)

Sony TA-88

This amp sounds amazing! Only 13 watts but it is sounding very powerfull and what is more.. very natural and direct. Lots and lots of amps do sound veiled and too creamy but this one is not.

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