Sony ES 500 Integrated Amplifier question

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by DeepFloyd11, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. DeepFloyd11

    DeepFloyd11 Lady Eclectic Thread Starter

    Location:
    Canada
    Question for the connoisseurs of Stereo hardware:
    Can I hook up a Sony ES 500 Integrated Amplifier to a Harman Kardon Citation 16 power amp and use it as a pre-amp and overrride it's own Sony power supply? How would I connect them?
    Thanks
     
  2. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Mars Hotel
    You cannot use an external power amp with that integrated amp.
     
    DeepFloyd11 likes this.
  3. Stephen_Ri

    Stephen_Ri Forum Resident

    Location:
    DC area
    Contra F1nut's declaration, you may be able to use an integrated amp with an external power amp, because some integrated amps have a pre-out. Is this the TA-F500ES? I googled just ES 500 and didn't see anything. Looking at the service manual of the TA-F500ES (Sony TA-F500ES - Manual - Integrated Stereo Amplifier - HiFi Engine ), I'm guessing that the pre-out you're looking for is described as the "adaptor in-out" in the manual. But I'm not sure, since the terminology "adaptor" terminology is unfamiliar to me.
     
    DeepFloyd11 likes this.
  4. DeepFloyd11

    DeepFloyd11 Lady Eclectic Thread Starter

    Location:
    Canada
    Thank you, we tried it but it doesn't work. Connecting it overrides all the controls (volume , tone control etc). What would be the problem then?
     
  5. Stephen_Ri

    Stephen_Ri Forum Resident

    Location:
    DC area
    Darn. You're sure it's the Adaptor in/out labeled "15" in the manual? What you describe is what I would expect from a tape/rec-out.
     
  6. SmileyDude

    SmileyDude Senior Member

    Having owned the amp in the past, and having attempted this, I can say for certainty that it is not possible. The line out/adapter is meant for adding a graphic equalizer or pre-amp. That being said, it is possible with other integrated amps such as the Harman Kardon HK505 which I've also owned. It has a designated "pre-amp" output allowing it to be used as such.
    When trying to use the Sony ES500 as a pre-amp , you will find that you'll get sound without the ability to adjust volume, selector switches or tone controls, etc.
     
    F1nut likes this.
  7. DeepFloyd11

    DeepFloyd11 Lady Eclectic Thread Starter

    Location:
    Canada
    No, connected to the adaptor in/out it overrides everything. There is sound (very loud) but nothing could be controlled.
     
  8. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Mars Hotel
    The integrated does not have pre-outs and the adaptor jacks are for an equalizer.
     
  9. Stephen_Ri

    Stephen_Ri Forum Resident

    Location:
    DC area
    Unfortunately, it seems that your unit will not serve as a pre-amp for your power amp. Apologies to F1nut, I misread "that" as "an."
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
    F1nut likes this.
  10. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Mars Hotel
    No worries.
     

Share This Page