04 March 2024

Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

 

Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

Brand: Pioneer
Model: AS-302 + AE-300 + EB-302
Year: 1975

This top quality kit consisted of the AS-302 speaker/cross-over/terminal/acessoires set that had to be mounted into the AE-300 flat-pack enclosure you had to build (front grill included) using the EB-302 baffle (exclusive to AS-302). This will result in a 3-way closed loudspeaker system with 30cm carbon fibre woofer, 4,8cm dome midrange and 2,5cm titanium dome tweeter. The enclosure has an internal volume of 50 liters and the panels are 21mm thick. The particle board panels have a wood grain finish.


Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

Build Your Loudspeaker - The Pioneer Kit (1975)

01 March 2024

PIONEER SOIGNÉ (1989)

 

PIONEER SOIGNÉ hifi system

The SOIGNÉ (elegantly done) was a contemporary component system introduced by Pioneer in 1989. It was described as a "Simple & Quality Urban Component". The CCS-7100 system presented here features a 75W/ch (EIAJ 6ohm) amplifier with a THD of 0,005% partnered by a CD-Tuner combo unit, a twin cassette deck (both deck auto reverse) with Dolby B-C and HX-Pro and a frequency response of 20-19,000Hz with Metal tape. Both cassettes are 2+1 motor with a wow&flutter figure of 0,055% (WRMS). The loudspeaker of this system is a phase reversed, magnetically shielded bookshelf model with two 14cm woofer (one at the front, one at the back) and a 2,5cm Titanium dome tweeter. Power rating is 90W with a frequency response of 40Hz-40kHz and an impedance of 6ohm. Typical dimension of a unit is 360x90x355mm (WxHxD). A low profile equipment rack and speaker stands were available separately. 


PIONEER SOIGNÉ hifi system

PIONEER SOIGNÉ hifi system

PIONEER SOIGNÉ hifi system

29 February 2024

DENON PMA-780D (1987) - Stereo Integrated Amplifier

 DENON PMA-780D (1987) - Stereo Integrated Amplifier


Stereo Integrated Amplifier

Brand: DENON
Model: PMA-780D
Year: 1987

The PMA-780D was a completely new type of integrated amplifier equipped with a digital multi-interface circuit and a D/A converter circuit that directly receives music information sent from CDs, DAT, DBS (PCM satellite broadcasting), etc. as digital signal. This unit is equipped with 3 digital input circuits and automatically selects the sampling frequency of CD, DAT, and DBS. Furthermore, it is equipped with a double super linear converter circuit that uses a high-precision digital filter and independent D/A converters for left and right channels, converting it into a pure audio signal and directly driving the power amplifier. The amplifier section is equipped with a super non-feedback power amplifier that boasts high speed, and a pure dynamic power circuit that uses a powerful power transformer, dramatically improving instantaneous power supply capability and delivering unwavering high dynamic power of 350W + 350W/2Ω. Furthermore, it is equipped with a wealth of functions such as a phono equalizer amplifier, a processor loop, and three recording/playback terminals.

Continuous power: 2X110W (8ohm, 20Hz to 20kHz, both channel driven)
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.004%
Frequency Response: 5Hz-100KHz (IHF, both channel driven, THD 0.5%)
Digital Audio Interface for CD, DAT, DBS (PCM satellite)
Total harmonic distortion 0,0025%
Signal to noise: 105dB
Dynamic range 96dB
Dimensions (WxHxD): 434x172x396 mm
Weight: 15,6 kg


Stereo Integrated Amplifier

Stereo Integrated Amplifier


28 February 2024

DUAL C 839 RC (1979) - Auto Reverse Cassette Deck

 

Auto Reverse Cassette Deck

Brand: DUAL
Model: C 839 RC
Year: 1979

The C 839 RC was the Top model in the 1979 Dual cassette deck range (above the C 830 3-head model). It was not however Duals' first Auto Reverse model. The very first Dual cassette deck was the C 901 from 1973 and it was an Auto Reverse model, see details here. The Dual C 839 RC is a New generation Auto-Reverse model. In recording and playback, the tape reverses automatically and it stops at the end of the second side. (Reversing can also continue indefinitely if desired). You will notice that there is no door between you and the cassette compartment. This is called DLL - Direct Load & Lock. Here's another innovation in playback. If a tape made on another deck is too sharp or too flat, or if you need to match pitch to a live instrument, no problem. Playback pitch can be varied over an eight percent range. If you have a previously recorded tape where a song ends abruptly you can use the fade/edit control to smooth this out. The incorporated peak-level LED indicators react faster than any other metering system. Further more the C 839 RC from Dual is full Metal tape compatible, features 6-way bias/equalization, computer logic solenoid-activated controls, switchable multiplex filter, line and mic mixing, two-way memory stop with automatic replay, headphone level controls and operation by external timer and optional wireless remote control.

  

Technical Data:
Head: 2-Head AUTO REVERSE
Both-way Dual capstan operation
Motors: 2
Dolby B
Frequency Response: 30-18.000Hz (Normal)
    30-19.000Hz (Chrome)
    30-19.000Hz (FeCr)
    30-20.000Hz (Metal)
Wow and Flutter: 0,03% (WRMS)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 440x150x360mm
Weight: 8,5kg
Available in silver and metallic-brown
Made in Germany
Original sale price: 1.298 DM (Germany), US$850



Auto Reverse Cassette Deck

Auto Reverse Cassette Deck

Auto Reverse Cassette Deck

Auto Reverse Cassette Deck


27 February 2024

TOSHIBA Diomage VS1 (1989) - S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo VCR

 

TOSHIBA Diomage VS1 S-VHS HIFI STEREO

Brand: TOSHIBA
Model: A-VS1
Year: 1989

Equipped with Toshiba's original high-precision digital editing function Diomage VS1, the precision of editing rivals that of professional digital video effectors. It allows title insert by video scanner, handwritten text included. Combined with true high image quality that fully brings out the clear images of S-VHS it will show you a completely new world of excitement. Hi-Fi Stereo audio recording with manual record level control and "professional" needle type VU meters completes this high class recorder. Original sale price: ¥262,200


TOSHIBA Diomage VS1 S-VHS HIFI STEREO

TOSHIBA Diomage VS1 S-VHS HIFI STEREO






26 February 2024

SONY SS-GR1 (1991)

 

SONY SS-GR1 loudspeaker

Brand: SONY
Model: SS-GR1
Year: 1991

Just like the distortion figure and signal-to-noise ratio cannot tell everything about an amplifier, it is no exaggeration to say that when it comes to speakers, there is no "measurement" to begin with. However, it is also true that speakers that produce good sound are based on solid know-how. The SS-GR1 is a speaker system that focuses on implementing the know-how that has been continuously cultivated by Sony. It was sought an overall structure that would not make even the weakest sounds generated from the enclosure harmful. That is the RC (Resonance Control) frame. A large, sturdy wooden frame is installed in the inside of the enclosure, and this serves as the framework of the enclosure where the front and back baffles are connected. A super oval enclosure that prevents directivity disturbance and achieves a natural sound localization feeling was adopted using a technology that is also used in the molding of the side plate of a grand piano. The three CD horns (Constant Directivity) are machined from the front baffle.

Technical Data:
4-Way Bass Reflex
Max. Input: 300 W
Nominal Power: 100 W
Frequency Range: 25Hz-35.000Hz
Impedance: 6ohm
Woofer: 30cm polyamide fibers and pulp mixed
Midrange: 10cm polyamide mixed pulp + SiC* balanced drive
Tweeter: 3cm SiC* dome
Super Tweeter: 2cm Bio-Cellulose dome
Dimensions: 544x1026x445mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 75kg
*SiC: Silicon Carbide


SONY SS-GR1 loudspeaker

SONY SS-GR1 loudspeaker






23 February 2024

DENON CONCEPT D-7 (1989)

 

DENON CONCEPT D-7 midi hifi system

The D-7 was the biggest model of the Concept Series from Denon and it was introduced in 1989. The system consists of a dual auto-reverse cassette deck with manual recording level adjustment and fluorescent display, stereo amplifier with optical Digital input, stereo tuner, 7-band graphic equalizer with spectrum analyzer and 2x6 memory system, compact disc player and another mysterious box. This large component looks like a power amplifier but is actually a - and I'm quoting: "Active Drived Woofer System - Its sound is so natural and dynamic". So this is a twin woofer box the size of a larger midi component. The components cannot be used individually as each component uses a dedicated and unique power/signal cable to be connected to the amplifier. The matching loudspeaker system is a 3-way - and I'm using another quotation of the text written on the front: "Active air suspension and Bassreflex speaker system". As expected, the whole system can be remote controlled with a dedicated infrared hand-held remote controller. 

DENON CONCEPT D-7 midi hifi system


DENON CONCEPT D-7 midi hifi system



DENON CONCEPT D-7 midi hifi system

22 February 2024

PIONEER A-90D (1987)

 

PIONEER A-90D stereo integrated amplifier

Brand: PIONEER
Model: A-90D
Year: 1987

The A-90D "Pure Pioneer Components" stereo integrated amplifier has a built-in D/A converter and an elaborated internal construction. The Digital input/output section includes two optical inputs and one optical output system. The DAC section is equipped with a D/A converter for each channel (L/R) to eliminate phase difference. In order to thoroughly suppress vibrations a unique honeycomb frame chassis has been adopted. In order to eliminate electromagnetic distortion and reduce vibration, copper plating is used for the rear panel, bottom plate, transformer frame, speaker terminal block shield case.

Continuous power: 2X120W (8ohm, 0,003%)
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.003%
Dimensions (WxHxD): 457x173x475 mm
Weight: 29,3 kg


PIONEER A-90D stereo integrated amplifier

PIONEER A-90D stereo integrated amplifier


21 February 2024

AKAI CS-F33R (1981)

 

AKAI CS-F33R cassette deck

Brand: AKAI
Model: CS-F33R
Year: 1981

The CS-F33R Quick Reverse Deck is the fifth generation of a reverse deck from Akai. The quick reverse mechanism eliminates the need to change the cassette during recording, making it possible to record both sides without sound interruption. It also allows for endless playback from side A to side B and from side B to side A. The reverse mechanism is equipped with a quick reverse system using an infrared tape sensor developed by Akai. After the end of the magnetic tape segment, the infrared tape sensor detects the leader tape and the reverse mechanism is activated immediately, resulting in a quick reverse time of only 0,4 seconds. The CS-F33R can also be remote controlled with the RC-21 wired remote controller sold separately. For "Timer Start" an external audio timer is needed such as the DT-120 (or other models).

Technical Data:
Head: 2-Head System Quick-Reverse (0,4 sec.)
HD (High Density Sendust) record/playback head + 2 erase heads
Motors: 2
Dolby B
Frequency Response: 30-16.000Hz (Normal)
    30-16.500Hz (Chrome)
    30-18.000Hz (Metal)
Wow and Flutter: 0,04% (WRMS)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 440x118x270mm
Weight: 7,5kg
Available in silver and black


AKAI CS-F33R cassette deck

AKAI CS-F33R cassette deck






20 February 2024

National NV-FS1000 (1988)

 

National NV-FS1000 s-vhs hifi stereo vcr

Brand: National
Model: NV-FS1000
Year: 1988

The NV-FS1000 is a S-VHS format VCR with a horizontal resolution of over 400 lines, Hi-Fi Stereo sound, jog/shuttle control and advanced editing functions. The Jog/shuttle search allows you to quickly find editing points and it can be controlled in both forward and reverse directions, from standstill to high-speed search. The Flying erase head allows for beautiful transitional editing. This suppresses noise and image disturbances in picture insert. Automatic editing function allows you to send only the necessary scenes to another video. The insert dubbing function allows you to insert other images and sounds into a recorded tape. The 5P socket allows connecting an external editing controller like the WM-EC200 or EC300. (National was a Matsushita Electric -today Panasonic - trade name)



National NV-FS1000 s-vhs hifi stereo vcr


19 February 2024

GRUNDIG MONOLITH 8500 (1988)

 

GRUNDIG MONOLITH 8500 hifi loudspeakers

Brand: GRUNDIG
Model: MONOLITH 8500
Year: 1988

The Monolith 8500 from Grundig was introduced in 1988 however the same model was available since 1986 and it was initially simply called Fine Arts. The shown model is the luxurious real wood veneer version but there was also a black version with the same specifications. 

Technical Data:
3-Way Closed
Max. Input: 150 W
Nominal Power: 100 W
Frequency Range: 25Hz-25.000Hz
Impedance: 4ohm
Woofer: 24,5cm Cone
Midrange: 3,7cm Dome
Tweeter: 2,5cm Dome
Dimensions: 330x530x310mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 15kg
Available in Black or Real Wood veneer


GRUNDIG MONOLITH 8500 hifi loudspeakers

GRUNDIG MONOLITH 8500 hifi loudspeakers




16 February 2024

PIONEER WAVE 919 (1989)

 

PIONEER WAVE 919 hifi stereo system

Brand: PIONEER
System: WAVE 919
Year: 1989

The WAVE 919 from Pioneer is an advanced laser system compatible with CD, CDV, and LD while the VCR of this system features Hi-Fi Stereo recording. A series of digital picture memory functions allow picture in picture viewing, 12-screen multi display, still images. The amplifier has a power rating of 80W/ch with extra 7W/ch for Dolby Surround. The loudspeaker system is a vertical twin 2-way system with 14cm bass-mid, high-quality ceramic carbon dome tweeter and magnetic shielding. The multi-function remote controller is a programmable model. 


PIONEER WAVE 919 hifi stereo system




15 February 2024

BASF High-Fidelity (1981)

BASFD 5060 stereo receiver

Brand: BASF
Model: D 5060
Year: 1981

The D 5060 HiFi Digital Synthesizer Receiver was introduced to the German market by BASF in 1981. The amplifier section of this unit features a 60W/ch amplifier section with a so called "Heat-Pipe-System", a power amplifier cooling system that was popular during the early 80s. The radio section of the unit is a Quartz-PLL-Synthesizer construction with 6-Preset stations while the amplifier section has all electronic volume, bass, treble and balance control. This unit was of course not manufactured in Germany. Who's the misterious manufacturer? Follow closely 1001 Hi-Fi for the secret to be revealed.  

Continuous power: 2x60W 8ohm
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.05%
Frequency Response: 10Hz-65KHz
Damping factor: 50(10Hz-20kHz, 8ohm)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 425x100x360 mm
Weight: 10,5 kg

BASFD 5060 stereo receiver

BASFD 5060 stereo receiver

14 February 2024

AKAI GX-F80 (1979)

 

AKAI GX-F80 cassette deck

Brand: AKAI
Model: GX-F80
Year: 1979

The GX-F80 from Akai was introduced in 1979, with the list price of $ 550. In addition to improving the reproduction quality of whatever tape you use (New Metal tapes included), the new Super GX head presents a great many advantages. Superior low noise sound, a dust resistant characteristic for precise head-to-tape contact, and an extremely hard surface that ensures an unusually long life span equivalent to 17 years of non-stop play. The GX-F80 is a basic but robust 3-head cassette recorder featuring a 2-motor belt-drive transport system with one capstan in a illuminated feather touch full logic solenoid operated mechanism. The Feather-touch, sensor-light controls are a unique feature that was only used on the GX-620/625 reel-to-reel tape recorders and the GX-715II model. A two-tone fluorescent VU meter with Peak +3 and +8 dB reading together with the A.D.R.System (Automatic Distortion Reduction System) contributes to best possible recordings from any source. The GX-F80 can also be remote controlled with the optional RC-18, RC-17 or RC-70 remote controllers.

Technical Data:
Head: 3-Head Super-GX
Motors: 2 motor
Single Capstan
Dolby B, ARDSYSTEM
Frequency Response: 25-15.000Hz (Normal)
    25-17.000Hz (Chrome)
    25-17.000Hz (FeCr)
    25-21.000Hz (Metal)
Wow and Flutter: 0,035% (WRMS)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 440x135x340mm
Weight: 8,9kg
Original sale price: $550


AKAI GX-F80 cassette deck

AKAI GX-F80 cassette deck






13 February 2024

Panasonic NV-FS65 (1989)

 

Panasonic NV-FS65 s-vhs hifi stereo vcr

Brand: Panasonic
Model: NV-FS65
Year: 1989

The FS65 from Panasonic places a special focus on Hi-Fi audio recording. It is equipped with needle-type VU meter and separate left and right record level knobs but also independent audio transformer & high-speed active power supply. NEW high-speed switching circuit reduces switching noise. A High speed limiter improves sound rise and treble extension while Linear bandpass filter adds more clarity to sound. The FS65 features a vibration damping design with high mass side panels and insulators. The video section of the FS65 features a horizontal resolution of over 400 lines in S-VHS mode and it is equipped with Panasonics GT4w High Energy heads. For added visual comfort the VU meter and it's backlight can be turned off during video entertainment. The supplied remote control is also equipped with a jog shuttle control for accurate video frame search. An additional scanner "pen" is supplied for programming the VCR using barcodes published by TV magazines for each show.


Panasonic NV-FS65 s-vhs hifi stereo vcr

Panasonic NV-FS65 s-vhs hifi stereo vcr