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Sony PS T2

Post by oldschool501 » 14 Jun 2015 15:28

I've had one since 1979 and had the original owners manual until I got 3 feet of water in my home during Hurricane Isacc. Just bought a new Shure M97xE cartridge to install today. Done this several times over the past 30 yrs or so, but want to follow steps, i e downforce, tracking, etc. Would love original owners manual.

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by vilecanards » 19 Aug 2015 19:34

I would also like to see the manual....

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Van_Isle » 28 Aug 2015 17:48

I think you are pretty-much stuck with keeping your eyes peeled on eBay for a manual.

However, isn't the PS-11 pretty much the same turntable? In fact I'd say it's a dead-ringer. Service and Owner's manuals for that are in the library.

Also looking at the PS-11, there's not much, if anything, that is unique to this Sony in terms of set-up - it pretty much follows the same procedures as any other turntable.

Note that if you have the original mat, an overhang gauge is probably molded into the bottom of the mat (common to a large number of Sony turntables). Also with the PS-11 (and I'd assume PS-T2) there isn't any 'Sony-specific' sequence required to get the cueing platform to drop out of the way during balancing the arm ... you just move the cueing lever to the 'down' position. I say this because a large number of Sony turntables require you to power up, press a button or 2, and then power down the turntable to get the platform to drop so it doesn't interfere when 'floating' the arm. As a result I see a lot of posts that say 'help ... my cueing isn't working!!'.

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by vilecanards » 28 Aug 2015 18:45

Thanks for the reply, Van_Isle! I will take a look at the PS-11 manual...

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Van_Isle » 28 Aug 2015 18:56

No problem! Hope it helps.

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by vilecanards » 27 Aug 2016 21:31

:D I actually found my original owner's manual for the PS-T2, and have scanned it! I will upload the PDF file as soon as the site allows... seems they are temporarily doing maintenance and will allow uploads on Sept. 6th?

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 30 Aug 2016 22:10

Sony PS T2 is something more reliable and more similar to modern DD tables. But Sony PS T1 and PS T15 were total crap. Ugly things with unfinished plastic plinth. I have had Sony PS T15 for one year now and just ordered new turntable Reloop rp 2000M. Sony was never good with turntables, only if someone other produced them for Sony brand (like Wega in the 70`s).

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Van_Isle » 31 Aug 2016 02:31

I think you've got it backwards. Far as I know, Wegas were re-badged Sonys or Sony guts in massaged plinths. Some, especially early units, were Duals in Wega plinths. Perhaps a few all-in-one models weren't either, but I'm not sure who actually built those.

I agree that models like the PS-T1 aren't Sony's best .... but of course the were entry level and built to a price-point .... all the mainstream manufacturers had models fitting that niche. But saying Sony never built a good turntable ..... ridiculous!

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by vinyl master » 31 Aug 2016 05:55

Van_Isle wrote:But saying Sony never built a good turntable ..... ridiculous!
The PS-X? series of turntables are proof positive of that! 8)

In fact, I wouldn't mind having an STR-6036 receiver or something like it, either...Sony did build some nice stuff back in the day! :D

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Van_Isle » 31 Aug 2016 06:29

Exactly. I've had a couple PS-X60s, and I have a PS-X55 as well as a I've had a couple other lesser X models and a PS-LX5. I hope to get a PS-X4, PS-X6 and PS-X555ES up and running fully ... and get a stand large enough to hold my STR-V5!

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 31 Aug 2016 11:24

I believe that Sony PS-X models were much better, but I think that there is a great chance that one other japanese producer were making them for Sony. Because Sony is too huge corporation and cannot be specialised too much on audio equipment. And It does not have own audio brand like Panasonic has Technics.

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Japi Roelofs » 31 Aug 2016 11:59

Well, as far as I know Sony is actually specialized in producing audio equipment :)

The lower end models will be cheap and plasticky, this is the same for every brand. But if you look at for instance the PS-X9 you will find there is absolutely nothing plasticky about it...

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by dutchflea » 31 Aug 2016 17:29

Vinylfreak you are mistaken. Sony really was a turntable specialist back in those days.

They were huge back then and had tons of money to spend on development of turntables, and they did. The PS-X series was really Sony's own development and manufacture, especially the models with the dynamic servotracer arms (Biotracer) were a real "tour de force" that they invented. After that companies like Denon and JVC copied that idea and came with their own version of the servo tonearm. They were about as complicated and sophisticated as a turntable would get. Hence only large, specialized companies could build these kind of turntables.

But also the older series like the PS-X4300 and PS-X6750, PS-X60 were very much their own development with techniques like the BSL motor and the X-tal lock combined with the tapehead + magnetic platter rim for speed control. These technologies partly trickled down a few years later to their cheaper models, which however were by no means of the same build quality.

Yes the PS-T1 is cheap, but just like Sony other turntable biggies like Technics, JVC/Victor and Denon too made a lot of lesser turntables apart from the very nice ones. They just served the whole market, top to bottom. From the professional studio PS-X9 to the affordable home unit PS-T1.

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by RyFi » 05 Sep 2016 06:50

The PS-T2 looks like it's the semi/manual version of the PS-T3 which I have. I found a pic of the guts of the T2 and other than all the automatic stuff inside mine, they look the same to me. I'll betcha the owners manual for the T3 (which is available here) will work for the T2.
I'm actually trying to figure out which of the 5 interior trim pots on the circuit board control the speed. I've deoxed the pots under the left front foot and it's still having issues.

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Re: Sony PS T2

Post by Van_Isle » 05 Sep 2016 07:59

vilecanards wrote::D I actually found my original owner's manual for the PS-T2, and have scanned it! I will upload the PDF file as soon as the site allows... seems they are temporarily doing maintenance and will allow uploads on Sept. 6th?
So does your owner's manual indicate that the PS-T2 is made of 'SBMC', which is 'Sony Bulk Molding Compound'? The ones for the PS-T3 and PS-11 (which looks to be the same as the PS-T2) indicate that those models are SBMC, whereas the PS-T15 manual is silent on that point. PS-T1 just has the service manual in the library, that doesn't mention any material. If the PS-T2 is SBMC, the plinth ain't plastic, but an anti-resonant composite. Same material that the PS-X# and PS-X## series is made of. I think that's a major step-up in quality scale in the model line-up.

I know the PS-LX5 I had was SBMC. I had a PS-X35 that I'm pretty sure was straight plastic. PS-X30 on the other hand is SBMC ... but the models aren't of the same 'series', AFAIK.

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