Sony PS-X6

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by Grotus, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Grotus

    Grotus Member

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    Just picked this up at an estate sale for $75. Probably overpaid, but I got stars in my eyes. Loved the weight of it, all the functions are smooth, strobe was steady as US Grant in a firefight, Feet are in good shape, cart looked clean and straight, auto return works, etc.

    Can't wait to see how it works.

    http://imgur.com/SjNXVqf
     
  2. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    well bought. An underappreciated table based on bay pricing but a true $300 and up performer today for a used table.
     
  3. Grbluen

    Grbluen AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I would love to own that table!
    It would fit right in with my system!
    Enjoy!
     
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  4. Essay

    Essay Active Member

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    This series is under the radar. I paid 50 Euro for mine a few years ago. Prices have gone up since then.
     
  5. majick47

    majick47 Addicted Member

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    Grotus you far from overpaid for the PS-X6, I'd say you got a bargain. I had a PS-X5 and felt it was an excellent table.
     
  6. dutchflea

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    Excellent indeed. Heavy, well engineered: very stable gel filled feet, heavy non-resonant SBMC chassis, quartz locked BSL motor, nice platter, contactless reed switch, very nice looking arm with a great smooth arm lift, nice dustcover with proper metal hinges. The only thing I would have liked a little better is the arm bearings (full gimbal suspension and less play), but still it's a nice arm.
     
  7. Grotus

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    Hilarious and tragic update: Brought this home, hooked it up, put on Get the Knack, all is right with the universe and then I notice a knocking sound and a loud CRACK! The speed starts fluctuating and actual, literal smoke starts coming from the deck. Unplugged it double-quick and made sure it wasn't on fire. Looks like $75 down the drain, unless I can fix this thing.

    Where to go from here, I wonder? Summoning the audio gods to come to my aid!
     
  8. dshoaf

    dshoaf That high voltage buzz

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    Likely power supply problems. It is on the same board with the speed controller. Turn it upside down, remove feet and bottom cover. Then take and post pics of the circuit board. Let some of the arm chair bench techs give you some ideas.

    Cheers,

    David
     
  9. Grotus

    Grotus Member

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    will do, thanks!
     
  10. tnmike1

    tnmike1 AK Member Subscriber

    I've got the same turntable with similar speed issues. Works OK for awhile then speed fluctuates. Nowhere to go with this thing, considering trashing it, then I read you guys here love the turntable. So where to ship it to get it fixed? IDeas anyone???
     
  11. dshoaf

    dshoaf That high voltage buzz

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    Since you are in Knoxville, I'd suggest you contact Terry DeWick, who is a member here at AK. He has that guru glow for all things McIntosh but he will take in other gear. Be prepared, he's busy with a backlog of work but well worth the wait.

    Speed issues, if intermittent, can be attributed to marginal power supply voltage regulation or something related to the pick up or, worse case, someone cleaned the inner rim of the platter and wiped off part of the magnetic strip. For the latter, you'd notice the problem all the time for each revolution of the platter. If that isn't the case its likely on the controller board.

    Cheers,

    David
     
  12. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    Terry is swamped with mcintosh work. He would recommend someone else.

    The speed fluctuations are from dirty speed pots inside the unit or caps that aren't quite right. A recap and a full set up of the speed control circuit should set it right. See if dbelectronics is still around. Or if in Knoxville, see who Kent recommends.
     
  13. tnmike1

    tnmike1 AK Member Subscriber

    Took it to DB and Russell said he couldn't fix it for some reason. Will contact Kent to see what he thinks
     
  14. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    The feet on that table could sell for what you paid. Other parts might be worth some coin, too. Did Russell give you any idea of what was all blowed up on that thing giving him a reason to say it's totaled?
     
  15. Sam Cogley

    Sam Cogley Last of the Time Lords Subscriber

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    Any 70s DD turntable should have the power supply rebuilt. I'm about 95% sure you just blew a filter cap. These tables are well worth the expense.
     
  16. daveg3588

    daveg3588 Toy addict Subscriber

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    Truly enjoy my PS-X7, get it fixed. Paid $100 for mine , so you were not off on the price.
     
  17. tnmike1

    tnmike1 AK Member Subscriber

    No but I don't think he realized it could be the caps. In Florida but will be back Feb so will contact him then
     
  18. tnmike1

    tnmike1 AK Member Subscriber

    Any idea of what the cost may be on this? Have 3 tables now that work well so don't want to sink a lot of money into this one
     
  19. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    The PS-X6 and PS-X7 are not easy repaired in this area. Try the caps if you can get them done. I like these Sonys when they work.
     
  20. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    Swapping the caps is a bit fiddly, pulling the boards and negotiating them with the wiring attached but it isn't too bad and there aren't a lot of them. I don't know about cost for this as I recapped the PS-X7 I got myself before my brother decided he wanted a table. Plastic on the dust cover had never been off the table, ti looked great.
     

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