05 December 2021

PIONEER Pure Malt Series - Limited Edition since 1998

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Available since 1998, Pure Malt speakers have gained worldwide recognition as leading example of Pioneer's recycling efforts. In the "Resource Recycling Technology & System Awards" presented by the Clean Japan Center and supported by the METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), the Pure Malt speaker series won the "Clean Japan Center Chairman's Award" in 2009. Pure Malt speakers were developed in collaboration with brewing and distilling company Suntory Holdings limited, which was seeking a way to recycle casks (made from virgin white oak) that were being used for fuels and other purposes after fulfilling their mission of aging whisky. Oak trees grow for 100 years before serving as whisky casks for another 50 to 70 years. After that the wood is recycled into speaker cabinets that produce warm, rich sounds for many more years. 

The first loudspeaker of the Pure Malt series was the S-PM1000, introduced on September 17, 1998 and it was limited to 1,000 sets. The Pure Malt speakers are more than just eco-speakers made from white oak (one of the world's hardest woods, used for the original Santory barrels) they also feature a newly-designed silk soft dome tweeter and composite cone woofer. A set of matching electronics with Pure Malt design elements and limited to 500 units, were introduced in 1999. These were the A-D5A-PM amplifier (60W + 60W 8Ω, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.05%) and the PD-HL5-PM Hi-bit Legato Link CD player. The Pure Malt series continued in 2000 with the introduction of the S-PM2000 loudspeaker, in 2005 it was introduced the S-A4SPT-PM loudspeaker, in 2006 they were followed by the S-A4SPT-VP (TAD) loudspeaker the S-PM300 loudspeaker and the B-PM1000 rack. The last models were introduced in 2016, these are the S-PM50 and S-PM30 Vertical Twin loudspeakers.

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26 November 2021

Microcassette in Higher Fidelity - An (almost) Complete List

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The microcassette was introduced by Olympus in 1969. The microcassette is significantly smaller than a Compact Cassette but it uses the same width of magnetic tape. Using thinner tape and a 2.4 cm/s standard speed you can have 30 minutes recording time per side, and double that duration at 1.2 cm/s. Unlike the Compact Cassette the tape spools in the opposite direction, from right to left and it is capstan drive just like Compact cassette.

Microcassettes proved to be popular for recording voice in dictation machines and answering machines. However, Microcassettes have also been used as a medium for recording music on Type IV metal tapes. This article presents some of the higher fidelity Microcassette decks that were manufactured for a short period of time in the early 80's.

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microcassette Capstan Drive

It has to be noted however that before microcassettes, PHILIPS intoduced the minicassette that was featured in the movie A Clockwork Orange but everybody mistakes them by the OLYMPUS microcassettes. They are very similar in size but the Philips minicassette system does not use a capstan for tape transport.

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A Clockwork Orange movie scene featuring PHILIPS minicassette !!


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A Clockwork Orange movie scene featuring PHILIPS minicassette !!

An (almost) complete list of Higher Fidelity microcassette recorders:

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SANYO RD-XM1 (1980)

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FISHER CRM 500 (1981) Sanyo rebadge



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JVC D-M3 (1981)

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Lo-D (Hitachi) D-MC5 (1982)

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SONY TC-MR2 (1982)

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Technics RS-M212 (1981)

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Technics RS-G800 (1982) Tuner-microcassette-amplifier

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AIWA 3-head, Dual Capstan, Prototype 1981

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PIONEER MT-C8 (1984)

20 November 2021

TELEFUNKEN TRX 3000 hifi (1978) - Power and Presence

 

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The TRX 3000 was a top of the range Stereo-Quadro Receiver (tuner-amplifier) that was introduced by Telefunken in May 1978. The radio section is a FM-Stereo/AM Quartz Controlled unit with Digital frequency display and 7 pre-sets with touch-control. The amplifier section can be operated in various modes and it is specified at 2x100W 8ohm in Stereo mode and 4x50W 4ohm in Quadro mode. You can connect up to 6 4ohm and 2 8ohm  loudspeakers for various types of operation. One speaker pair can be used in bridged mode for stereo operation delivering 100W/ch in 8ohm mode. Another option is to use two pairs of loudspeakers, each in a different room that can also play different sources (eg. one room cassette, the other room turntable). The third option is to use the receiver to playback Quadro source material from a Quadro tape recorder or Quadro turntable from SQ, Discrete or CD 4 encoded material. The power output can be monitored via 4 LED power meters while there are two dedicated balance controls for left-right and front-rear balance as well as bass, mid, treble and loudness tone controls. The TRX 3000 has inputs for 2 turntables, 3 tape recorders (2 for quadro source), 3 headphones, microphone, 1 aux and 1 monitor. All inputs use DIN plugse while some of them are doubled by RCA connectors. Dimensions: 494x163x386 mm 

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