If the above does not fix the problem, it sounds like a failure in the OpAmp null of the Sony. Here's the scenario: your Sony uses OpAmps for analog gain and these typically use +15V and -15V power supply voltages. When one of the regulators goes bad, one of the supplies no longer works properly and all bets are off as to what voltage is produced. This changes the null in the OpAmps and results in high distortion. Check by putting a voltmeter on the supplies. If they check fine, then put a voltmeter at the output stages of each of the OpAmps. If one stage does not measure zero volts, null is improper for that OpAmp (may be adjustable, Sony used this design for quite a while).