23 April 2024

SHARP BX1 (1988) - S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

Brand: SHARP
Model: VC-BX1
Year: 1988

Premium video tape recorder with Super-VHS video recording, sattelite broadcast receiver and Hi-Fi Stereo audio recording. With new clean picture circuit and wideband SAW filter picture quality is reproduced vividly with every detail. All this is possible with the use of the new SX-4 heads from Sharp. In addition to the analog audiou output the BX1 is also equipped with digital audio output for pure PCM audio performance.

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S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

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22 April 2024

Sansui XR-Q7 (1980) - Silent Synchrotor System

 

Silent Synchrotor System

Brand: Sansui
Model: XR-Q7
Year: 1980

The XR-Q7 from Sansui is a full auto direct-drive turntable with exclusive silent synchrotor system. The Silent Synchrotor System utilize a second rotor, essentially the same design as the drive motor, located directly underneath the drive motor. This second rotor is synchronized with the main drive motor, but rotates back and forth in either direction in response to speed change commands sent by the servo to the drive motor, thereby cancelling any vibration that the torque variations may cause before they can affect the cabinet. The coreless linear-drive motor utilized by Sansui achieve an amazing wow/flutter of 0.009% and a signal-to-noise ratio of 80dB (DIN B). The Quartz-Servo system maintains perfect speeds by controlling the direct drive motor. The XR-Q7 is equipped with Dynaoptimum Balanced Tonearm of a straight design, with an integral headshell fixed to the tonearm tube to minimize mass and improve trackability. All automatic operations of the tonearm are controlled by a completely separate motor and the built-in microcomputer supervises all motor functions.

Technical data:
Type: 2-speed Fully Automatic
Motor: Quartz-Servo Direct-Drive Silent Synchrotor
Platter: 330mm die-cast aluminum alloy
Wow & Flutter: 0.009%
Signal to noise: better than 80dB (DIN-B)
Tonearm lenght: 245mm
Cabinetry: chip board base with anti-howing insulators and hinged dust cover
Cartridge: SV-101
Dimensions: 490x180x430 (WxHxD)
Weight: 11kg

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Silent Synchrotor System

Silent Synchrotor System

Silent Synchrotor System

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19 April 2024

TRIO KRX-7 (1981) - Personal Hi-Fi System

 

Personal Hi-Fi System

The Trio (Kenwood) KRX-7 is a cassette receiver with microprocessor control and Dolby noise reduction. The cassette recorder features a 15 track DPSS (Direct Program Search System) and full logic controlled operation. The radio section is a Quartz PLL synthesizer tuner with 6 AM-FM presets. It also has a buil-in timer that can be used as alarm clock music and sleep music. The amplifier section has a power output of 45W/ch (8ohm, 30-20.000Hz, 0.07% THD). The Personal 7D system comprises the KRX-7 main unit and the LS-10 150W loudspeaker with 18cm woofer and 4cm tweeter. The KRX-7 system can be also extended by the addition of the KP-F2 full automatic turntable, all mounted on the R-12 metallic audio rack. For this configuration it is the S-4 stand-mount loudspeaker shown as a perfect match.

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Personal Hi-Fi System

Personal Hi-Fi System

Personal Hi-Fi System

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18 April 2024

FISHER RS-Z1 (1992) - Professional Digital Reference Series

 

Professional Digital Reference Series

Brand: FISHER
Model: RS-Z1
Year: 1992

The FISHER RS-Z1 from the Professional Digital Reference Series combines a dynamic amplifier with 2 x 100 watt continuous power (8 ohm), a digital-to-analog converter for direct connection of digital program sources and an FM/MW tuner in one housing making it an ideal central component for modern hi-fi systems. The amplifier part has a high output power (2x 150 watt sinus DIN 4 ohm) 3 digital inputs for CD player, DAT recorders and digital tuners with channel-separated 18-bit D/A converters. The tuner part is a Digital synthesizer tuner for FM and MW with 24 station memory for 18 FM and 6 MW stations and 2 antenna connections for simultaneous cable and antenna reception. Full function system remote included. 

Amplifier:
Continuous power: 2X100W (8ohm, RMS at 0.007%)
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.007%
Signal to noise: 100db Aux/CD/Tape
Digital:
Full time 18-bit Linear 2 D/A converters
Sampling Frequency (32, 44.1 and 48 kHz)
Signal to noise 115 db
Radio:
FM Stereo 87.5-108 MHz
AM 522kHz - 1611kHz
Dimensions (WxHxD): 480x165x440 mm
Weight: 21 kg
Original price: 2800 DM Germany

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Professional Digital Reference Series

Professional Digital Reference Series

Professional Digital Reference Series

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17 April 2024

PHILIPS F6239 (1983) - 3-Head FSX Ferrite

 

3-Head FSX Ferrite

Brand: PHILIPS
Model: F6239
Year: 1983

Technical data:
Head: 3-head FSX Ferrite
Motors: 1 motor belt drive
Dolby B-c, Fluorescent VU meter, manual BIAS
Frequency Response: 20-21.000Hz Metal
    20-20.000Hz Chrome
    20-19.000Hz Normal
Wow & Flutter: 0.05% WRMS
Dimensions: 420x106x254 mm (BxHxT)
Made in Japan by Alps/Alpine
Original price: 900 DM Germany


3-Head FSX Ferrite




16 April 2024

Victor HR-X1 | HR-X1 Limited (1991) - Vivid Images and Sound

 

s-vhs hifi stereo

Brand: Victor (JVC)
Model: HR-X1 | HR-X1 Limited
Year: 1991

Vivid images, Evolution of beauty, heart-pounding high quality. How beautiful can a video be? The HR-X1 and X1 Limited are a new generation of high-definition super VHS video recorders that bring to another level Victor's original technology, the VHS system. In addition to the newly developed fast-response full-time full-loading super solid mechanism, a 19 micron track Sendust Super Crystal head is perfect for even higher image quality. The standard mode is equipped with a 58-micron super crystal head, and together with 3D digital YC separation/noise reduction, the total image quality is surprisingly beautifully polished. High Fidelity audio is also included, especially usefull for high quality recordings from the built-in "BS" satellite receiver. Two version of this model were available, the all black HR-X1 and the luxury silver model with wood side panels, the HR-X1 Limited.

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Victor HR-X1 | HR-X1 Limited (1991) - Vivid Images and Sound

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15 April 2024

YAMAHA PF-1000 (1983) - Natural Sound Turntable

 

Natural Sound Turntable

The PF-1000 introduced by Yamaha in 1983 is a belt-driven turntable with 3-point inverted spring suspension with rubber surrounds. A resin-cast FG-Servo motor drives the bronze subplatter while platter itself is made of diecast aluminum (outer part). The turntable is fitted with a special Dynamic Balance Twin-Pipe tonearm where the left and right cartridge wires are separated, each into one arm. Other features include a carbon-fibre resin headshell, record clamp with strobe disc, pitch control and oil-damped cueing mechanism. Available with walnut finish and brushed aluminium top parts or full black. Size: 473x154x376 | Weight 13,7kg.

Natural Sound Turntable

Natural Sound Turntable





12 April 2024

SHARP CD-X17 (1988) - Compact Mini Hi-Fi

 

Compact Mini Hi-Fi

The Sharp Live Mini system is built using the CD-X17 compact mini Hi-Fi as a basis. This compact mini hi-fi system features programmable CD player with tape edit functions and 20 track calendar, digital stereo FM tuner with 30 presets, double auto reverse cassette recorder with Dolby B and Sharps unique Twincam drive system, 35W/ch stereo amplifier with power indicator - phono input - surround mode, 2-way loudspeaker with 12cm rear passive radiator and full system remote controller. The KA-X17 tune-up kit consists of a dedicated stand for the main unit and the additional CP-W75B subwoofer (16cm + 25cm passive radiator), speaker stands, power and speaker cords and indoor antenna.



Compact Mini Hi-Fi

Compact Mini Hi-Fi


11 April 2024

Fine Arts by Grundig A-9000 (1987)

 

Fine Arts by Grundig A-9000 (1987)

Brand: GRUNDIG
Model: Fine Arts A-9000
Year: 1987

Continuous power: 2x120 Watt Sinus 8 Ohm
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.005%
Frequency Response: 7Hz-100KHz
Dimensions (WxHxD): 435(+40)x146(+15)x330 mm
Weight: 13,1 kg
Original sale price: 2000 DM Germany

Fine Arts by Grundig A-9000 (1987)

Fine Arts by Grundig A-9000 (1987)

10 April 2024

AKAI GX912 (1986) - Master Mixdown Cassette Deck

 

Master Mixdown Cassette Deck

Brand: AKAI
Model: GX-912
Year: 1986

A high performance stereo cassette deck for studio use. The GX912 Master Mixdown Cassette Deck incorporates the latest design advancements to meet the challenge of the most demanding studio applications. A Closed Loop Double Capstan System ensures optimum tape-to-head contact and smooth tape transport at all times. The FL display gives you a bright, highly visible readout of the current status of all important operational settings. The digital electronic tape counter shows the elapsed time, as well as the index position, and the time remaining. The GX912 fits into a 2U standard 19 inch rackmount for fast and simple installetion.

Technical Data:
Head: 3 GX-Head 
Motors: 2+1 motor - Direct Drive capstan
Dolby B-C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz±3dB (Metal tape)
    20Hz to 20kHz±3dB (Chrome)
    20Hz to 19kHz±3dB (Normal)
Wow and Flutter: 0,025% (WRMS)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 482.6x105x372mm
Weight: 7kg


Master Mixdown Cassette Deck




09 April 2024

MITSUBISHI V7000 (1991) - S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

 

S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

Brand: MITSUBISHI
Model: HV-V7000
Year: 1991

Refined high image quality and high sound quality technology, Super VHS format. The newly developed Σ(Sigma) Sendust head is used at the heart of video recording and playback. Mitsubishi's unique method of forming a sendust film on only one side of the head gap increases output in all frequency bands compared to conventional ferrite heads. Highly accurate video recording and playback can be achieved with noiseless performance across the entire range of special playback. The head is cleaned every time a cassette is inserted or removed to maintain high image and sound quality.


S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo

S-VHS Hi-Fi Stereo



08 April 2024

Technics SL-FM1 (1978) - The "Wireless" Turntable

The "Wireless" Turntable

A record player with a built-in FM transmitter. The record player signal picked up by the cartridge is transmitted from the antenna on FM stereo radio waves, and you can enjoy playing records by setting the dial on your stereo tuner or radio cassette to 78MHz (±1.5MHz). Quartz is used for the FM radio wave transmitter, achieving low distortion and excellent stereo separation. Powered by 6 single dry cell batteries (DC9V), it is also portable. In addition, by adopting the FG servo DC motor with low power consumption, it can be used for up to aproximately 100 hours (when used for 4 hours a day). Furthermore, with the dedicated AC adapter, it can also be used with AC power. The SL-FM1 also has a line output terminal.

The "Wireless" Turntable



 

05 April 2024

The EXCLUSIVE REVOX B77 MK II YELLO Edition Tape Machine

In a historic merger of two icons of music and audio technology, Yello and Revox launch the B77 MK II Yello Edition tape machine.

YELLO Edition Tape Machine




GRUNDIG PA1-MAX (1996) - Space Fidelity

 

Space Fidelity

Brand: GRUNDIG
Model: PA1 MAX
Year: 1996

The "Space Fidelity" line of products was a completely new design line from Grundig. The PA1...labelled as "MAX" was the smallest component of this series. The main feature of these devices was the integrated subwoofer system with separate tweeter/midrange unit, which are mounted in its own housing apart on these "wings". The special sound radiation of the high/mid-range unit results in a sound image similar to surround sound, as known from surround sound systems. This means that the system can be placed relatively freely in rooms without having to connect additional external speakers. The Grundig MAX features FM-Stereo radio with 15 memory presets, 1 bit DAC CD player and a cassette recorder section. The power rating published by the manufacturer is a generic 100 Watt Music Power/ 60 Watt Sinus Power. External dimensions are: 55x44x32 cm. While the PA1 MAX is a stationary unit that can be mains powered only it also has a built-in carry handle for easy transportation.


Space Fidelity

Space Fidelity

03 April 2024

SONY TC-K88B (1979) - A Super Cassette Deck

 

A Super Cassette Deck

Brand: SONY
Model: TC-K88B
Year: 1979

The TC-K88B is part of the "original" ESPRIT series components from Sony and it was introduced in 1979. This ESPRIT series was the basis for all the later produced ES series model. With a slim line construction of only 80mm high (a perfect match for the other components of the ESPRIT series) this model hides a series of sophisticated technological solutions. First there is a highly sophisticated 3-motor drive system. These are not just any kind of motors, they are 3 Independent Direct Drive motors, Sony's unique BSL (brush & slotless) motors. Each motor performs its specialized function with maximum efficiency while the capstan motor is Quartz Crystal controlled. While it's built only as a 2-head (Sendust&Ferrite head) configuration model it can handle all tape types: Normal, FeCr, Chrome, Metal, one of the early models to adopt Metal tape compatibility. Another highlight of this model is the 33 segment fast reacting LCD peak metering system developed by Kutaragi-san. At your command, tape remaining can be displayed simultaneously with musical peaks. In the absence of musical material, the tape remaining indication takes the form of one illuminated display segment on each meter. In the presence of musical material, it appears as a "blank" segment on each meter, and this indication remains active and accurate in fast forward and rewind. A digital tape counter and AMS (Automatic Music Sensor) adds more convenience to this highly advanced model. An exclusive Dolby IC noise reduction with switchable MPX filter is responsible for hiss free recording. There is actually a 4th motor responsible for the tray loading mechanism while the TC-K88B can also be remote controlled via the optional wired RM-50 full-function remote control. 


Technical data:
Head: 2-head Sendust&Ferrite
Motors: 3 Direct Drive + 1 tray loading
Dolby B, AMS Music Search
Frequency Response: 30-17.000Hz Metallic
    30-17.000Hz FeCr
    30-15.000Hz Chrome
    30-15.000Hz Normal
Wow & Flutter: 0.03% WRMS
Dimensions: 480 x 80 x 385 mm (BxHxT rack mountable)
Weight: 10 kg
Original price: 1.200 USD, 2.700 DM


A Super Cassette Deck

A Super Cassette Deck

A Super Cassette Deck

02 April 2024

Panasonic NV-V10000 (1989) - S-VHS Video Master

 

S-VHS Video Master

Brand: Panasonic
Model: NV-V10000
Year: 1989

The NV-V10000 features a 5 Motor mechanism with a unique large capstan Direct Drive motor. There is also a large diameter impedance roller that will absorb tape vibrations more effectively. The top panel and bottom plate of the housing have a two-layer structure made of two vibration-damping steel plates and a viscoelastic material that will reduce external vibrations. The side panel (weighing 1.2kg on each side) are made of anti-vibration alloy made of zinc and aluminum alloy with added silicone. A high precision Amorphous Pro Head will give perfect S-VHS performance combined with Hi-Fi Stereo audio. There are also separate power supplies for A/V circuits and mechanism. Size: 460x159x497mm | Weight: 19.8kg



S-VHS Video Master

S-VHS Video Master

S-VHS Video Master