23 July 2024

SHARP DX-500H (1984) | Crystal-Clear Sound

 

SHARP DX-500H (1984) | Crystal-Clear Sound

Brand: SHARP
Model: DX-500H(S)
Year: 1984

A masterpiece of advanced digital audio design, the Sharp DX-500 compact disc digital audio player. Remarkable music precision and stunning operational sophistication are combined in one streamlined unit. A DC servo amplifier is used for the analogue part of the audio system and an aluminium die cast chassis is used for the mechanism to ensure high quality sound and stable playback. The pick-up of the player requires pinpoint precision to read each tiny signal accurately. The DX-500H is equipped with advanced, high-performance semiconductor laser diode technology sourced from Toshiba. Size (WxHxD) 330x104x345mm | Weight 8.5kg 

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SHARP DX-500H (1984) | Crystal-Clear Sound

SHARP DX-500H (1984) | Crystal-Clear Sound

SHARP DX-500H (1984) | Crystal-Clear Sound

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22 July 2024

Pathe Marconi DB 248 V (1978) | From East to West

 

Pathe Marconi DB 248 V (1978) | From East to West

The Pathe Marconi DB 248 V reel to reel tape recorder was introduced in 1978. Under the traditional Pathe (and Marconi Italy) brand name this tape recorder was mainly focused to the French market...but the truth is that these tape recorders were built in Poland by Unitra. The original model is the Unitra M2408 SD Opera/Aria.

Technical data:
Speed: 9,5 cm/s 19 cm/s
Frequency response: 40-16.000 Hz 9,5 cm/s
    40-18.800 Hz 19 cm/s
Size (WxHxD): 545x370x180mm
Weight: 13kg

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19 July 2024

YAMAHA KR-1000 (1982) | Natural Sound

 

YAMAHA KR-1000 (1982) | Natural Sound

The Yamaha Natural Sound Cassette Receiver KR-1000 was introduced in 1982. Featuring a cassette deck that is designed with an emphasis on basic performance, the Yamaha Feather Touch Full Logic Control allows you to move directly from one operation to the other. It also features an Auto Tape Selector that automatically detects metal, chrome and normal tape types. Frequency response is 40Hz to 15/16/17kHz (normal/chrome/metal). The KR-1000 features Dolby NR and Automatic Recording Level Control (ALC). The tuner section is a quartz digital synthesizer tuner using a 4-bit microcomputer. A preset memory mechanism that can call up five FM/AM stations and a total of ten FM/AM stations with one touch operation, and auto-search tuning that automatically optimizes UP/DOWN tuning has been adopted. In addition, it is equipped with functions such as battery backup that does not erase preset memories even in a power failure, and last channel memory that stores the last station received. The  amplifier section uses an IC amplifier with 30W/ch power and also has a tone control section. The KR-1000 is also equipped with a triple mixing function, you can mix 3 devices, a source, an instrument and a  microphone at the same time. Size (WxHxD) 435x107x388mm | Weight 9.7kg.

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YAMAHA KR-1000 (1982) | Natural Sound

YAMAHA KR-1000 (1982) | Natural Sound

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17 July 2024

harman/kardon hk3500 (1979) | Hear all the Music

 

harman/kardon hk3500 (1979) | Hear all the Music

Technical Data:
Head: 3-Head System - Metaperm head
Motors: 2 motor drive
Dolby B, Manual Bias,
Frequency Response: 20Hz-17,5kHz Normal/FeCr/Chrome
Wow and Flutter: 0,05% (WRMS)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 425x178x260 mm
Weight: 4kg

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harman/kardon hk3500 (1979) | Hear all the Music

harman/kardon hk3500 (1979) | Hear all the Music

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12 July 2024

Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

 

Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

And so, here's Mezzo! The compact-size component system that renews your lifestyle. Enjoy the powerful, dynamic sound of Mezzo, the fruit of outstanding technology that fits into any urban, private space of yours. The MX-1 was sold on the Japanese market as Victor while on the international market it was branded as JVC. The MX-1 consists of two main units that can be placed side by side or on top of each other while the matching loudspeakers will match the front of the component both in vertical and horizontal position. The badge on the front of the loudspeaker can be rotated according to the loudspeakers position - we have this system in the 1001 Hi-Fi Collection, ...that's how we know. The amplifier section provides 2x30W + 40W for the subwoofer section. The loudspeakers have a labyrinth construction with internally mounted 12.5cm woofer and two 7.5cm front facing midrange units. At the back of the amplifier there is an innovative cooling system that consists of a vibrating disc that creates an air-flow to cool the amplifiers heat sinks. Quiet and efficient. There is also a 7-band equlizer, digital tuner with presets for 40 FM/AM radio stations, CD player and twin auto-reverse cassette deck with Dolby B. Size of the units: Amplifier-CD (WxHxD) 275x170x314mm, Tuner-Cassette (WxHxD) 275x170x274.5mm, Loudspeakers 170x340x260mm.

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Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

Victor Mezzo MX-1 (1989) | Twin Bass - Power Engine

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10 July 2024

AKAI CS-F330T (1981) | Remote Control System

 

AKAI CS-F330T (1981) | Remote Control System

The AKAI CS-F330T was a unique model from the 1981 range, specially created for the PRO-3033 Hi-Fi System with all components featuring a common design. This was a fully remote controlled system but on top of this the CS-F330T has it's own dedicated infrared remote control for independent use. The cassette deck recorder is built around Akai's tried and tested 2-motor mechanism featuring Sendust heads that were called by the Akai literature HD (High Density) heads. A large 12-segment LED VU meter is placed below the cassette compartment while all tape controls are associated with large illuminated symbols. Behind a flip-down panel we can find the tape selector for normal/chrome/metal tapes, Dolby B and MPX switch, coaxial record level adjustemnt, headphone output and microphone inputs. Frequency response with Metal tape is 30-18.000Hz (-20dB) and the size of the unit is 440x100x377mm.

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AKAI CS-F330T (1981) | Remote Control System

AKAI CS-F330T (1981) | Remote Control System

AKAI CS-F330T (1981) | Remote Control System



08 July 2024

SONY PS-Q9 (1983) | Heli Player

 

SONY PS-Q9 (1983) | Heli Player

Brand: SONY
Model: PS-Q9
Year: 1983

The Sony PS-Q9 was an extremely compact turntable sold separately as a matching component to the Heli Compo Compact Hi-Fi System. While it's size 21.5(W)x23.5(D)x6(H) cm is a perfect fit for the Heli Compo Compact Hi-Fi System the PS-Q9 can be used independently or with any other Hi-Fi system. It features a FM transmitter that allows you to listen to your records via any FM receiver but it also features a built-in headphone amplifier so you can listen directly the turntable. For the FM transmission there is an antenna at the back of the unit with an LED at the tip that lights-up during transmission. The PS-Q9 is a Direct Drive model with synchro record function for recording to tape. The PS-Q9 was available in black and silver. The PS-Q7 was an identical looking model that was available in three more colors: tropical red, McKinley blue and white. 

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SONY PS-Q9 (1983) | Heli Player

SONY PS-Q9 (1983) | Heli Player

SONY PS-Q9 (1983) | Heli Player

SONY PS-Q9 (1983) | Heli Player



05 July 2024

KENWOOD High Density 7000 (1988)

 

KENWOOD High Density 7000 (1988)

The HD2, High Density Component midi system was introduced by Kenwood in 1988. This sytem consisted of the A-7000 105W/ch (6ohm, 1kHz) stereo digital amplifier (Supported sampling frequencies 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz - automatic switching), T-7000 4-band synthesizer tuner, DP-7000 CD player, X-7000 auto-reverse cassette recorder, LS-7000 3-way speaker system with 26cm woofer, KP-07M Quartz PLL Direct Drive turntable, GE-5000 graphic equalizer and the KH-7000 plasmadiamond coating diaphragm dynamic stereophones. All components had champagne silver aluminum front panel with wood side panel and width of 376mm.

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KENWOOD High Density 7000 (1988)

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04 July 2024

TELEFUNKEN STM 1 + STP 1 (1980) | Slimline Hi-Fi

 

TELEFUNKEN STM 1 + STP 1 (1980) | Slimline Hi-Fi

Brand: TELEFUNKEN
Model: STM 1 | STP 1
Year: 1980

The STM 1 power amplifier from Telefunken was introduced in 1980. This state-of-the-art power amplifier was partnering the STP 1 pre-amplifier. These were available in both silver and brown front finish. The STM 1 | STP 1 combo had a 483mm wide rack mounting front while the CM 20 | CP 20 models had a 460mm wide front without handles. The power amplifier had a slim-line construction of only 80mm high and it featured a toroidal transformer, LED power meters and provision for 2-pairs of loudspeakers. A full slim-line system consisted of the STP 1 pre-amplifier, STM 1 power amplifier, STS 1 turntable, STT 1 tuner and the STC 1 cassette recorder. 

TELEFUNKEN STM 1 Power Amplifier
Continuous power: 2X85W DIN 4ohm
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.1%
Frequency Response: 4Hz-80kHz 
Dimensions (WxHxD): 483x80x350 mm
Weight: 8,5 kg

TELEFUNKEN STP 1 Pre-Amplifier
Total harmonic distortion: <0,035%
Frequency response: 14Hz-45kHz
Dimensions (WxHxD): 483x80x350 mm
Weight: 5,4 kg

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TELEFUNKEN STM 1 + STP 1 (1980) | Slimline Hi-Fi

TELEFUNKEN STM 1 + STP 1 (1980) | Slimline Hi-Fi

TELEFUNKEN STM 1 + STP 1 (1980) | Slimline Hi-Fi

TELEFUNKEN STM 1 + STP 1 (1980) | Slimline Hi-Fi

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03 July 2024

Aurex PC-6030 (1976) | Silky-quiet from Toshiba

 

Aurex PC-6030 (1976) | Silky-quiet from Toshiba

Technical Data:
Head: 2-Head - Ferrite
Motors: 2 motor - PLL control Dual Capstan
Dolby B, Cable remote control
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 17.500Hz (Chrome)
    20Hz to 15.000Hz (Normal)
Wow and Flutter: 0,07% (WRMS) 0,15% (DIN)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 403x252x199mm
Weight: 10kg
Original sale price: 1998 DM in Germany

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Aurex PC-6030 (1976) | Silky-quiet from Toshiba

Aurex PC-6030 (1976) | Silky-quiet from Toshiba

Aurex PC-6030 (1976) | Silky-quiet from Toshiba

Aurex PC-6030 (1976) | Silky-quiet from Toshiba

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02 July 2024

Victor XL-Z1000 (1990) | Laboratory Series

 

Victor XL-Z1000 (1990) | Laboratory Series

The XL-Z1000 is the first model in a series of statement (Laboratory Series) CD players from JVC (Victor in Japan) launched in 1990. All the latest technology and the most sophisticated construction was adopted to create this 471x126x403mm unit with a weight no more than 19kg. It was such an advanced design that even the Yamaha GT-CD1 (showned last week) was using this very same motor from Victor/JVC. Original sale price aprox. 12.000 DM

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Victor XL-Z1000 (1990) | Laboratory Series

Victor XL-Z1000 (1990) | Laboratory Series

Victor XL-Z1000 (1990) | Laboratory Series

Victor XL-Z1000 (1990) | Laboratory Series

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01 July 2024

45 Years of Walkman | Sony TPS-L2 (1979-2024)

45 Years of Walkman | Sony TPS-L2 (1979)

The Walkman (portable compact cassette player) was first created because Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka wanted to be able to listen to music on long flights. The first model of Sony Walkman, the TPS-L2, was released on July 1, 1979. The original Walkman (portable compact cassette player) was created from aluminum, and the later models were made from plastic. Previously, portable cassette machines of various designs were available but they were handheld units and recorders (mostly mono). The TPS-L2 Walkman is the first compact cassette playback-only device specifically created for music listening on-the-go via lightweight headphones. It is worth mentioning that the initial name of this music player was Sound-about in the USA, Freestyle in Australia and Stowaway in the UK. Even though officially only Sony is using the Walkman name in most languages the use of Walkman became generic, meaning a personal stereo of any make. Frequency response: 40-12.000Hz | Size: 88x133.5x29mm | Weight 390g (including 2 batteries) | 2-headphone output | Original sale price: 150 USD

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45 Years of Walkman | Sony TPS-L2 (1979)

45 Years of Walkman | Sony TPS-L2 (1979)

45 Years of Walkman | Sony TPS-L2 (1979)

45 Years of Walkman | Sony TPS-L2 (1979)


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