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This is a rare and collectible set from our personal collection.
These were not at all easy to find and put together, and is the result of searching over many years to find the right pieces. Pieces that were not rusty from being stored a damp basement, pieces not missing knobs, and pieces that were not beyond repair.
These are both super unique in their design, especially the preamp.
Full dual mono design featuring discrete signal paths for the left and right channels. If you were to use a bandsaw and cut this unit in two, you would end up with two mono preamps (not completely true but close enough to make a point).
The signal flows from right to left and all connectors are on the sides of the unit. The volume and input selector shafts extend through both channels making it possible to have a single knob for operation.
It also has a super convenient phono cartridge loading selector knob on the front, whereas most preamps would have this buried inside.
The amplifier is a perfect match and unique in its own way as it features a selector switch for Class A or Class B operation. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before, and it's brilliant.
It is heavy and built like a tank. Parts quality is amazing from the brushed metal face plate to the internal component selection.
If you like tape decks there is a matching model from this same series which we have been unable to find in working/fixable condition. The TCK-88 / TCK-88B. Should you actually have one for sale we would love to hear from you.
Condition is superb, with no real noticeable scratches or dents, just a tiny nick near one fo the rack ears.
Operation is spot on and has been fully tested in our lab and listening room over a lengthy period of time.
These are wonderful pieces of audio history from Sony, truly rare and special, and would make a great part of your collection.
Specifications - TA-E86B Solid State Stereo Preamplifier:
Frequency response: 5Hz to 500kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.003%
Input sensitivity: 0.125mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 78dB (MC), 87dB (MM), 105dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line), 1.5V (Pre out), 13V (Pre out Max
Dimensions: 18.9" x 3.15" x 14.41" (480 x 80 x 366mm)
Weight: 18.07 lbs. / 8.2kg
Year: 1978 - 1980
Specifications - TA-N86B Solid State Stereo Amplifier:
Power output: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo), 180W into 8Ω (mono)
Frequency response: 1Hz to 200kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.007%
Damping factor: 70
Gain: 27.4 dB
Input sensitivity: 1.1V
Signal to noise ratio: 120dB
Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω
Dimensions: 18.9" x 3.15" x 14.96" (480 x 80 x 380mm)
Weight: 17.64 lbs. / 8kg
Finish: silver front panel
Year: 1978 - 1980
The Vintage Knob website has a fantastic write-up plus additional interior pictures via these links: Preamp / Amplifier
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PURCHASING FROM SKYFI
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
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This item is available for pickup in Ridgewood, NJ or Union Square, NYC (with convenient parking in the building).
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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, 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, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you are local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.
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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, cables, 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 surround 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.
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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.
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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.