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I've been collecting Sony ES pieces from this era for a long time and this particular model is by far my favorite and best piece. I have two of them and they are rock solid so I've decided to part with one of them. Initially I was concerned about having it break so I purchased a second unit. I have since learned about he reliability of this particular model transport and now realize how incredibly reliable and bomb proof it is so Im comfortable selling my second unit.
To understand how well built this unit is all your have to do is pick it up. It must weigh over 45 lbs. Inside you will quickly notice the absolute lack of any plastic parts in the transport mechanism. They are all metal and the laser transport runs on stainless rails. The laser transport is made of cast aluminum and is regarded as the most reliable laser ever made. The power transformers are potted and the highest quality capacitors are used throughout. There seem to be more regulated power supply sections than a CD could ever use. The chasis is made out of solid copper and all surfaces are treated with some sort of anti resonant rubber material. The PC boards are made out of epoxy and there are copper busses running throughout. Some experts have speculated that there is no way Sony made any profits on this particular model. Its as if the engineers were given an unlimited budget regardless of the selling price. Subsequent models may look similar from the outside but they were made inferior with every generation to the point of weighing 10 lbs and not a single metal part in sight.
Performance wise it's exceptional. You'll be hard pressed to find a player that can access tracks any quicker. Its almost instant as you scroll though the tracks. Even the drawer is fast, providing a reassuring thump every time you operate it.
On the back you'll find digital and analogue outputs selectable via a switch. The only bummer is that it doesn't have balanced outputs, just single ended.
The unit looks extremely good for its age. There are no noticeable scratches or wear marks. The face plate is near mint and the display is bright and legible like the day it was made. The classic rosewood side panels are included.
I will pack this unit professionally and set the transport locking screw in place for safe transport.
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
If we don’t have the original manufacture's packaging, we use heavy duty double ply corrugated boxes with Instapak expanding foam custom inserts. In many cases this has proven to be better than the original packaging. We also use high quality fiber reinforced tape to seal our packages. Lightweight items will be bubble wrapped and shipped in a high-quality box.
This item is available for pickup in Ridgewood, NJ or Union Square, NYC (with convenient parking in the building).
NJ Residents or anyone picking up without a resale certificate will need to pay NJ Sales Tax.
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WHO WE ARE
Skyfi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, and no junk.
Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.
Through our sister company, which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Project, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you are local and are looking for any new equipment for the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area
We do not accept or review any offers that do not go through the official Audiogon system. We have too many items for sale and its nearly impossible to keep track of offers outside of the official system. Please don’t message, email, or text any offers.
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If you are picking up an item, we do not accept PayPal. You must pay in person with cash, certified or bank check, or wire transfer. If you make a PayPal payment and are picking up the item, it will be returned.
TRADE IN POLICY
We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply ask and let us know the exact model, condition, and the accessories that are included. Such as the original box, remote, manual, etc. We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we are running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you are looking for top dollar we suggest attempting to sell it directly to an end user on your own.
SELL US YOUR GEAR (Working or Broken)
We will also purchase your used or broken gear and arrange pickup if you are in our local market. Just drop us a note for a quote but be sure to include the condition and what is included.
HOW TO VISIT US
We are currently operating from a residence in Ridgewood, NJ. You are welcome to make an appointment if there is a piece of equipment you would like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have a well-equipped, dedicated listening room with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We are not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you are just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence, no tire kickers please.
If you are in NYC and cannot make it out to Ridgewood, we can arrange pickup in Union Square (14th Street) after the purchase. You can call or text 646.852.2073 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We can also arrange to install, calibrate, and tune the gear in your listening room if you are local to the area. This is super useful when purchasing large speakers or heavy amplifiers. It is also great for ensuring your new turntable is setup correctly in its final resting place.
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