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Sony TA-F530ES

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1989)

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Sony TA-F530ES


Power output: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 2Hz to 200kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.004%

Damping factor: 50

Input sensitivity: 0.17mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 68dB (MC), 87dB (MM), 105dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 150 x 370mm

Weight: 13.5kg

Year: 1991

Price: GBP £300 (1991)


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Reviewed Mar 03rd, 2016 by tjs129

In my opinion this series (500/530/630/700/730/830) are the best of the ES amps - at least on paper; these seem more capable driving difficult loads etc.

These can be found for low prices compared to the 700/730/830es, mine was imported to the UK from Holland for less than £100 - but at this age you need to recap as a matter of course.

Fortunately this is made easy as Sony put a handy access panel underneath the amp & I was able to do this myself with basic skills in around 2 hours.

I used:

4*Elna for Audio 10000uf 63v, plus;

2*Nichicon Gold Tune 4700uf 63v in parallel with the above in place of the larger caps on the underside of the PCB

for reference.

All told the parts cost me about £25 and I couldn't be happier with the results.

This has made all the difference and the amp now sings - especially improving the bass.



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I should add that since doing the recap and posting this review I found out I had been sold fake elnas..

I've since redone the job using nichicon from a reputable outlet - this time with 10000uf/63v and 6800uf/63v gold tunes plus the gold tunes from before.

This has therefore cost me more like around 60ukp, but the sound quality improvement mentioned before is even better.

The learning curve here has taught me that the market is flooded with fake caps and that only the main outlets should be trusted - even if they seem expensive.

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Can you specify which caps you exchanged (c304, etc). Thank you, that would be very helpful!

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I don't think there's any need to specify - pop the lid off and look for the 4 largest capacitors, then just read the values right off the side of them!

It will be really obvious - they're like 4 150ml coke cans! If in doubt, read down the list of capacitors in the service manual for the 4 highest values..

You want 'U' and 'V' values the same or slightly higher; for a basic recap, replace like for like. There's a brace in there that you might preserve if you take care to find capacitors of a similar diameter; doubtful though since modern caps can be made much more compact. I discarded it - big caps stood up fine on all the other circuit boards I've seen.

The nice thing about these amps is the access panel underneath - this is a half hour job on the ES amps.

Good luck!

re: TA-F530ES

This is a very capable amplifier providing well above its' rated output, 105 Watts as against 80 Watts both channels driven, before clipping sets in.Build quality is good, although not up to the standard of some items in the ES range.It does use the Gibraltar chassis as in the more expensive ES amps. Sound quality is very neutral, perhaps a little too civilized for some tastes, with lots of reserve power. I use this as a reference and much prefer it to similarly priced amplifiers from other Japanese manufacturers, especially the Marantz PM range which tend to be very bright and forward sounding in comparison. This is confirmed in square wave testing where the 530ES has no appreciable overshoot until it is grossly over driven. I got mine from Ebay, with a 700ES tuner, for under £100. Main source is a CDP-333ESD player that I bought new in 1986.

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