Main Details
Maker Sony Brand
Form Factor Tabletop
Made In Japan
Date Produced 1981 - 1984
Dimensions 17 3/8" w, 4 3/4" h, 17 5/8" d
Weight 25 lbs 9 oz. / 11.6 kg
Power Source US: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Frequency Response 78db DIN-B
Notes The PS-X800 is considered one of the finest, if not the finest, linear tracking turntables ever built. The idea is that linear tracking would eliminate tracking errors and inner-groove distortion that is common with traditional tonearms. This approach more closely follows the cutting arms in record pressing plants, and promises the highest quality sound.

The Sony PS-X800 features a unique servo controlled linear tracking tonearm designed to duplicate the movement of the head which cuts the record master.

Compared with a pivoted arm, a linear tracking arm has a very small tracking error which means greatly reduced harmonic distortion, improved tracking ability and channel separation.

The horizontal and vertical movement of the tonearm are monitored by Sony's Biotracer sensors, and this information is transmitted to the tonearm by linear motors to suppress resonance at low frequencies and to obtain the maximum signal to noise ratio.

The tonearm balance and stylus force are electronically controlled by adjusting current to the linear motor for vertical movement.

The PS-X800 is a fully automatic system with feather-touch controls.

Record size is automatically set by a photo sensor, a muting system is activated when the tonearm is lifted and speed and direction of tonearm movement are easily controlled with the arm direction and fast buttons.

The unit is powered by Sony's linear torque BSL motor with speed governed by a very stable quartz oscillator and magnetic speed monitoring system.

The PS-X800's cabinet is made from a special inorganic (non-plastic) moulded compound with low 'Q' and newly developed resilient feet, effectively minimizing outside vibrations and acoustic feedback.


Platter: 32cm aluminium alloy die-cast

Motor: Linear torque BSL motor

Drive system: direct drive

Control system: quartz lock control, magnedisc servo control

Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: 0.015% WRMS

Signal to noise ratio: 78dB

Automatic system: lead in, return, reject, repeat, record size selection, zero-balance

Tonearm: electronic linear tracking

Effective length: 180mm

Stylus force range: 0.5 to 3g

Cartridge shell weight: 7.2g

Cartridge weight range (inc headshell): 10 to 29g (with extra weight)

Dimensions: 440 x 120 x 445mm

Weight: 11.6kg
Additional Specifications
Speed Select 33⅓ rpm
Speed Select 45 rpm
Drive Type Direct Drive


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