|The TA-E9000ES features 2 of Sony's newly developed 32-bit DSP LSIs designed especially for Digital Cinema Processing, allowing you to experience the full impact of 3 of Hollywood's leading dubbing theatres with as few as 2 speakers. A separate 32-bit DSP enables exceptionally accurate decoding of three of the most advanced multi-channel formats available - Dolby Digital, dts and MPEG Multichannel.|
As of this writing the TA-E9000ES has been more or less discontinued by Sony. A replacement named TA-E10ES have been rumored to be in the works, but the launch of the new control amplifier has been indefinitely delayed. Don't expect any news on the TA-E10ES until 2003, if ever... Also, the model name may very well be changed if Sony ever decides to release a new surround pre amplifier. At the moment it looks like Sony is concentrating on making integrated home theater amplifiers instead. Personally I have now switched my surround processing duties to the Denon AVR-5803 (aka AVC-A1SR in Europe) THX Ultra2 A/V surround amplifier.
Download firmware version 1.10c!
Download firmware version 1.18c!
*1: When this mode is selected, the EQ Bank function is not operative. Within the set parameters of this mode, the surround equalizer settings (bass, mid, treble) are the same as the following modes:
*2: In Virtual Matrix 6.1 mode, the surround equalizer function is not operative.
Download firmware version 2.01c!
Download VUCD-E9000A Upgrade Kit User Manual
To install the new firmware you need a proper CD-key; this is only available by contacting me directly by e-mail at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use "E9000A" as the subject. You will usually receive the CD-key within 24 hrs. Please read the VUCD-E9000A user manual before you begin to update the firmware! The upgrade takes 4 min 44 sec 907 ms if you use the maximal baud rate.
WARNING: In order to get all the features you must install both ver 2.01 and ver 2.50 of the firmware!
Download firmware version 2.50! (812 KB)
Send me a mail at email@example.com to receive the CD-keys. Please use "E9000B" as the subject (automatically selected if you use the link above). If you don't use this subject the mail might get lost in my inboxes! You will usually receive the CD-keys within a couple of days if you observe this simple rule. As before the VUCD-E9000A user manual will give you the details on how to perform the upgrade in a safe manner.
The VUCD-E9000A kit consists of a CD-ROM disc with the version 2.01c firmware, a RS-232C cable and a new remote control (RM-SU1). Retail price in Japan is 15 000 yen. In my opinion the kit is not worth the asking price just to get the new remote. The RM-SU1 is a rather simple remote and it's a shame Sony could not come up with something more serious for the high price they charge for this kit (100 to 150 USD).The RM-SU1 remote can apparently be ordered separately as a spare part using the sony part number: 1-476-402-11. Warning: I have aquired this information from a third party source and can not make any warranty on this claim.
The VUCD-E9000B kit consists of a CD-ROM disc with the version 2.5 firmware. This adds the capability to decode MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). This is important in Japan as the local digital satellite brodcasting uses AAC as its audio CODEC. More details on AAC can be found at the official AAC web site: www.aac-audio.com The retail price for the "B" kit in Japan is 15 000 yen.
Sony TA-E9000ES AV Control Amplifier User Manual (1254 KB)
Sony VUCD-E9000A Upgrade Kit User Manual (2.01c firmware details) (157 KB)
Sony TA-N9000ES 5 Channel Power Amplifier User Manual (650 KB)
Sony TA-P9000ES Multichannel Pre Amplifier User Manual (496 KB)
Sony TA-P9000ES Multichannel Pre Amplifier User Manual Supplement (190 KB)
To download the desired user manual press the right mouse button on the corresponding link above and activate the "Save Target As" option.
Sony TA-E9000ES AV Control Amplifier Service Manual (15 MB)
Sony TA-E9000ES AV Control Amplifier Service Manual Supplement (3 MB)
Sony TA-N9000ES 5 Channel Power Amplifier Service Manual (3.41 MB)
Sony TA-P9000ES 5.1 Analogue Pre Amplifier Service Manual (2.78 MB)
Date: August 1999.
Subject: Noise in surround mode.
Fault: SRAM chips IC2007/IC2010/IC2013 are defective.
Service Bulletin No. HIFI1-99-011
Date: November 1999.
Subject: Short battery life.
Fault: Various symptoms with RM-TP501E remote controller.
Service Bulletin No. HIFI1-99-006R1
Date: April 2000.
Subject: No sound.
Fault: Transistor Q108 on the power board may be overdissipated.
Service Bulletin No. 628
Date: September 2000.
Subject: No sound.
Fault: Oscillation may cause Q108, Q109 and R124 on power board to break down.
Service Bulletin No. HIFI1-99-028R1
Date: November 2002.
Subject: No compatibility between new and old DISPLAY board and DIGITAL board.
Cause: Cable and connector has changed from 23 to 25 pin.
Service Bulletin No. HIFI1-02-011
The circuit around transistors Q108 and Q109 are prone to oscillation, which will cause one or both transistors to break down, as well as resistor R124. This resistor is originally a surface mounted device capable of 1/10 watts of heat dissipation. The modification suggested by Sony is to replace this 4.7 k ohm resistor with a 1 watt rated version. Also, to prevent further oscillations a 100 pF capacitor is added in parallell with R153.
(Some suggests that also transistor Q110 is a candidate for replacement.)
The US issued service bulletin from Sony suggest that this fault may occur with units having a serial number in the range 800001 - 802746.
Serial numbers 80#### are for the US/Canadian version.
Serial numbers 50#### are for the european version.
I personally have an european version of the TA-E9000ES (serial number 500609). While my unit have been free from the power supply failure, another strange failure was noted after I upgraded to the version 2.01 software with virtual EX. Most of my listening are done using vanilla Pro Logic, Dolby Digital or DTS modes. But with the virtual EX decoding in place I was eager to try it out. However, as soon as I selected any of the Sony proprietary virtual multi dimension modes a lot of static noise could be heard from the speakers after a initial heat up period. As I seldom use these modes I did not bother to get it fixed.
It was not until I read the HIFI1-99-011 service bulletin that I discovered that I was not the only TA-E9000ES owner with such a problem. The service bulletion suggests that all the three S-RAM chips (IC2007, IC2010 and IC2013) used by the two Sony DSP's need to be replaced if this problem occurs.
Unfortunately, the 3.3 volt 128Kx8 Static RAM chip 71V124-15Y from IDT is no longer available from the manufacturer (however, Sony might have it avilable as replacement part 8-759-482-20).
The IDT web site suggest that the 71V124SA can be used as a replacement. Apparently this is a eqvivalent SRAM device (which also supports higher speeds).
So if your TA-E9000ES begins to make static noises you will need 3 pcs of IDT71V124SA-15Y (SOY_32_Y package) and the right tools and experience to do the de-/soldering job.
The Sony TA-E9000ES features a Analog Devices 32-bit SHARC DSP for decoding of multichannel audio formats (Dolby Digital, dts, MPEG, Pro Logic) and two Sony 32-bit DSP processors (CXD2712R) for Digital Cinema Sound processing. The volume control operates in the digital domain.
|IC1002||Analog Devices ADM202EARN||Analog A/D front-end|
|IC1004||Sony CXD8607n||High-Precision A/D Converter|
|IC1019||Crystal CS8414-cs||Digital Input Receiver (96 kHz, 24 bit)|
|IC2004||IDT 71V256||256 kbit High Speed Static RAM (32Kx8)|
|Sony CXD2712r||32 bit DSP (120 pin)|
|IDT 71V125||1 Mbit Asynchronous SRAM (128Kx8)|
|IC2015||Sony CXD8751q||Interface chip for DSPs|
|IC2016||Analog Devices SHARC KS-160||32 bit floating point DSP (240 pin)|
|IC3008||Hitachi H8S/2134||20 MHz 16 bit microcontroller with 128 KB flash memory|
|IC3009||Fujitsu 29F800BA-90||8 Mbit Flash Memory (1Mx8/512Kx16)|
|Sony CXD8591aq||Full Feed Foward Digital Filter|
|Sony CXD2562q||Advanced Pulse D/A Converter
|Sony CXA8042as||Current Pulse Converter|
|Mitsubishi M6236p||Static D/A Converter used in digital volume control|
|Analog Devices AD712||High speed operational amplifier used in rear analog filter|
|IC6003||Pioneer PM4007a||AC3RF Demodulator|
|IC6004||NKK N341256SJ-20||256 kbit SRAM (32Kx8)|