29 May 2024

Aurex (1978) - Seriously Modern

 

Aurex (1978) - Seriously Modern

Aurex PC-X80AD (1978)

Even though technically is "only a 2-motor 2-head deck" it is extremely well built and it also sounds very good. Here are some technical highlights of this exclusive model sold in very low numbers. (Some say the production number was 130 but a deck with serial number 161 was also spotted). First there is the front panel that is a solid piece of die-cast aluminum. Then the mechanism is bolted straight to the front panel. This is clearly visible by the presence of the mounting bolts around the open cassette bay. The head used is a Sendust head labelled AS (Aurex Sendust). The deck has two transformers - one for audio and one for the tape mechanism. The PC-X80AD has a 3-position tape selector on the front panel for Normal, Chrome and Special tape but, the Special tape position has a switch located on the back panel of the unit to select between FeCr and Metal tape. This makes-it one of the first, if not the first cassette deck with Metal tape capability. All this technological tour-de-force was implemented in support of the adres noise reduction (a Toshiba development) system capable of 84dB signal to noise ratio and a frequency response of 20-20.000Hz with Metal tape. The most visually and technically striking feature is however the level meter. This is a Plasma Peak Level indicator with an unbelievable 201! segments. The open cassette mechanism had also a transparent dust cover that had to be removed by hand. The RM-15 wired remote control was sold separately. Size: 420x148x384mm (WxHxD) | Weight: 12kg | Original sale price: 2500 DM in Germany.

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Aurex (1978) - Seriously Modern

Aurex (1978) - Seriously Modern

Aurex (1978) - Seriously Modern

Aurex (1978) - Seriously Modern

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28 May 2024

DENON VA-75 (1984) | DENOX AV System

 

DENON VA-75 (1984) | DENOX AV System

Brand: DENON
Model: VA-75
Year: 1984

Denon's AV system Denox is an advanced Hi-Fi video with an emphasis on sound quality, created by a professional audio designer. The DENON VA-75 uses two rotating heads for audio only. This head rotates at a high speed of 1,800 revolutions per minute, recording the audio signal in the deep layer of the tape's magnetic band and the video signal in the surface layer. The circuit configuration has been designed with a thorough emphasis on sound quality, creating high-fidelity audio recording and playback capabilities worthy of the Hi-Fi name, excellent sound quality characteristics that approach that of CDs. The VA-75 also features a built-in FM stereo tuner.

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27 May 2024

YAMAHA PX-2 (1979) | Heavy Velvet

 

YAMAHA PX-2 (1979) | Heavy Velvet

Brand: YAMAHA
Model: PX-2
Year: 1979

Massively built. Delicately precise. Elegantly styled. That's Yamaha's PX-2 tangential tracking quartz-locked turntable, the flagship of a remarkable new series of turntables from Yamaha. One of the major performance advancements on the PX-2 is Yamaha's unique optimum mass straight tonearm assembly. Among the most significant benefits of optimum mass is that it specifically addresses two of the most critical elements of music signal tonal quality - tonearm resonant frequency characteristics and high trackability with a wide range of cartridges. The PX-2 is also a study in durability with its solid, anti-resonant monolithic diecast aluminum bas.

Technical data:
Type: 2-speed Fully Automatic Linear Tracking
Motor: Quartz-Servo Direct-Drive 
Platter: 310mm die-cast aluminum alloy
Wow & Flutter: 0.01%
Signal to noise: better than 80dB (DIN-B)
Tonearm length: 190mm
Dimensions: 493x156x428 (WxHxD)
Weight: 17kg
Original sale price: 2700 DM in Germany

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YAMAHA PX-2 (1979) | Heavy Velvet

YAMAHA PX-2 (1979) | Heavy Velvet

YAMAHA PX-2 (1979) | Heavy Velvet

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