I’ve had one for 3+ years, no hum issues at all (using RCAs, not balanced). Solid and reliable so far. Possible that’s why it was sold? Do you you have any recourse with the seller?
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The internal power transformer should most definitely NOT be making any audible noise.
I would not even waste time opening it up to look at the transformer if you have an option to return, eBay, Audiogon ,dealer etc.
If a private sale then you should have powered it up before purchase?
Lot of happy satisfied owners here and this is not normal.
If you have no option to return, open up the case and check the transformer mounting, loose screws , connections etc( obviously while powered off!).
Good luck but not sounding good tbh
I have talked with the seller and he told the unit was silent , so I'm shipping to united radio for repair and the seller has opted to pay for the repair, instead of me returning which is great and why I like dealing on Audiogon , I had bad issue with Reverb and it was not easy to make a return , looking forward to loading our cd's and placing the sony in our rack
thanks to all for your input