23 July 2013

ITT HC 9071, one of the biggest music center ever

One of the biggest ever music center was made by ITT in 1979.
It was a completely "feather-touch" controlled music center where everything can be remote controlled using the big "HIFI PROCESSOR" (the remote).
The picture below shows the original ITT HC 9071 that was rebadged as Graetz HMC 400 and INGELEN HMC 400.
Our museum owns the INGELEN HMC 400 that you can see HERE.

vintage audio
ITT HC 9071

18 July 2013

PHILIPS N 2408 vintage audio cassette changer

Recently one of our visitors at www.1001hifi.com asked me the following question.

"I have an audio equipment question that has been bugging me for years, and one that you very well might know the answer to. When in college in the mid/late 70s, I saw a bizarre tape deck that automatically flipped the cassette out, up, around, and back into its well via a strange external track system--a Weird-O-Rama kind of early auto-reverse."

From our research at The Stereo Museum results that such a cassette deck was made by PHILIPS in 1976. It was the PHILIPS N 2408 - 6 cassette changer - with built in 2x15 W (music power) amplifier. For the changer mechanism there were 2 types of accesoires sold for the 6 cassette compartiment. In this picture from 1979 german catalog you can see the    N 6711 type. The other model was a simple transparent box that you put on top of the cassette compartiment loaded with 6 compact cassettes. After the cassette finished playing it was translated to the right in the empty box at the right side of the cassette mechanism.

More intresting cassette recorders you can find if you follow this link.

02 May 2013

PHILIPS arround the world.

One of our readers at 1001hifi.com asked me about this PHILIPS 22 AH 867/83 Music sytem that has no info on the web, if you make a Google search.

The story is that PHILIPS, as the largest european manufacturer of electronics in order to enter different markets with it's products bought smaller electronics companies from different countries to assemble PHILIPS products.
That's what happened with this PHILIPS 22 AH 867/83 music system that was made in Finland exclusively for northern Europe. (the /83 reffers to the country of manufacturing)

This one has an original design that was based on the PHILIPS 847 TAP music center that was marketed in western Europe in 1976.

Visit 1001hifi.com for more exclusive PHILIPS products Made in Finland.

PHILIPS 22 AH 867 / 83

PHILIPS 847 from 1976.

14 March 2013

SIEMENS HiFi-Studiobox RL 706

The sound of music is allways better with this three way "compact" loudspeaker system from 1979.
These are the technical data, as they were presented in the SIEMENS brochure from 1979.
More pictures and the story...see here

28 February 2013

30 Years of CD

In 2012 it was the celebration of 30 years of Compact Disc.

The Compact Disc was co-developed by PHILIPS and SONY. As a result, it was decided that the Compact Disc will have a diameter of 120 mm for a 74 minutes audio recording.
This is how it was presented in the "Red Book". The format was later adapted for storage of data (CD-ROM), write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW) and other photo and video formats. Another format was the Mini CD, an 80 mm diameter disc.

This successful format was the basis for the DVD, a new audio-video disc with 120 mm diameter developed by PHILIPS, SONY, TOSHIBA and PANASONIC in 1995.

A higher fidelity format was in 1999 introduced by PHILIPS and SONY and it was called Super Audio CD a new audio disc in a format war with DVD-Audio.


PHILIPS CD-100 World first CD player

SONY CD-101 World first CD player

22 February 2013

Scale model world.

Did you ever wondered if there were scale model kits made in former eastern Europe.
Look no further, you have the answer right here. Most famous were the plastic model airplane kits made in former east Germany by "VEB Kombinat PLASTICART". The most famous model train sets were also from former east Germany made by "PIKO Spielwaren". Scale model cars were made by "ESPEWE MODELLE" from east Germany, "Estetyka Spoldzielnia Pracy Warsawa" in Poland and "NOVOEXPORT" in former USSR. The ususal scale was 1:43 and 1:87 for scale model cars. Planes were made at 1:100 and 1:75 scale and the train sets were available in HO, TT and N scale size.

How did they look? Find out more with details and photos here.

21 February 2013

Dedicated room.

This is where The Stereo Museum lives. The 1001 Hi Fi  is a fabulous privately owned collection of over 500 Hi Fi units, consisting of CD players, cassette tape recorders, reel to reel recorders, tuners, turntables, amplifiers, systems etc. In 2012 the museum interior was updated. See the picture below.
For detailed descriptions of units displayed in the museum please visit www.1001hifi.com

1001 Hi Fi - The Stereo Museum

20 February 2013

50 years of Compact Cassette

The Compact Cassette (called Musicassette - MC - when it came with prerecorded material) is an analog magnetic tape sound recording format. It all began with the invention of the magnetic tape in 1928 which led to the first reel-to-reel recorder made by AEG in 1935. These were big machines used in recording studios, radio stations and later by Hi Fi enthusiasts at home.

To make home recording more popular, with smaller machines, there were a few cartridge type tapes introduced to the marked but they all failed in short time. 
It was at the Berlin Radio Show on 30 August 1963 that this new cartridge format was presented by PHILIPS.......Read Full Story Here

 compact cassette

More German design, Made in Japan.

Discover new Hi Fi units added each month to the 1001 Hi Fi - Stereo Museum.
This was added on 15th february 2013.
From a famous german brand this is a unit manufactured in Japan in 1979.
Intreseted in details?