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      22.01.2001 03:09
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      Sony's "330" amp is proberably one of the best intermediate amps on the market with a couple of features some more expensive models are lacking. One of the main benefits is the extra inputs this model has - two tape loops (mini-disc, dat, dcc and CD recorders go through tape loops) although, sadly, Sony haven't thought of people wanting to use these decks to connect to one another as not all have digital connectivity. A phone stage is also here so you don't need to use a noisy pre-amp on your turntable. There is an auxillary input but I would have liked to see at least two sets of aux inputs as the whole concept of seperates is to have what you need as opposed to what is provided, as is the case with midi/mini systems. I've used all inputs but still need more (having seven decks and no tuner and the multi-tracker isn't connected). Output of this model is in the middle of the range offered but I doubt if anyone needs much more power in a domestic enviroment. Obviously speaker choice will effect the audio quality but playback seems more crisper than my previous sherwood amp. Tone is controlled by treble, bass and a loudness switch with a handy speaker on/off selector. As with most seperates, you'll have yet another remote control. So, just leave them in the drawer and use burn off a couple of calories and press the buttons!!! This amp from Sony is well built, sufficiently powerful for any domestic user with many inputs which will do for most users and is smart in appearance (another factor that appeals to the fussy user like myself). Good value for money as well.

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