Showing posts with label VICTOR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VICTOR. Show all posts

25 April 2020

JVC SD1 Series / Victor HMV (1996) - His Masters Voice

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This must be the most sophisticated compact system ever. The Super DIGIFINE SD1 Series was introduced in Europe in 1996. All the components feature a 3.5 mm one piece aluminium front-top panel and a 3.2 mm thick steel bottom plate. The components of this system are:
AX-SD1GD - Stereo Super-A amplifier, 70 W/ch (4 ohm 1 kHz DIN), dual transformer contruction, Compu Link System remote
XL-SD1GD - 1-Bit P.E.M. D-A converter CD player, optical and coaxial output. Dedicated remote
FX-SD1GD - RDS tuner with 40 presets, built in MPX filter
TD-SD1GD - 3 Head (Fine Amorphous) Direct Drive Closed Loop Dual Capstan cassette deck with Dolby B,C and HX Pro, Dedicated remote
SX-SD1WD - Compact 2 way bass reflex loudspeaker, Brass die-cast front panel and solid wood enclosure, Magnetically shielded 13.5 cm bass-mid with Alnico-Magnet designed by loudspeaker expert Dr. Kurt Müller, 2 cm soft dome tweeter, 55-30,000 Hz
All components are 360 mm wide and 129 mm high with depth between 317 and 337 mm. 

The same system was sold in Japan under the Victor brand name and the system was simply called HMV (His Masters Voice). The model names were also different: AX-V1 amplifier, XL-V1-N cd player, TD-V1-N cassette deck and SX-V1A-M compact loudspeaker. Additionally there was available the SX-V7-M floorstander loudspeaker, QL-V1-M Quartz Direct Drive turntable and a later introduced and very rare MD-recorder the XM-V1-N.

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02 July 2018

Victor M-L10 - Laboratory Series

power amplifier

The Victor (JVC) M-L10 power amplifier was introduced in 1981 and was based on the earlier Laboratory Series M-7050 from 1979.  The power amplifier is based on the high efficiency class A operation method called "Super A" with zero switching noise. The output stage transistors operates at a constant voltage, only the current is changed, and the whole stage adopts a cascade cicrcuit construction. A distinctive (21 step laquering) mirror finish real wood cabinet is used for both the pre-amplifier and power amplifier. This beautiful Laboratory Series amplifier combo was sold under the Victor brand name in Japan while worldwide it was sold as JVC. Technical data: 160 W/ch (RMS, 8 Ohm, 20Hz-20Khz, 0.002%THD), Dimensions: 46*20.35*41.75, Weight: 28 kg

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09 January 2018

19 Stereo Consoles - Made in Japan


In the early days of Home Stereo it was a custom that all the components were housed in a single unit having the shape and design of a piece of furniture. This trend started where High Fidelity was born, namely in America. Japanese manufacturers were quickly adapting to this trend and created a series of Console Stereo during the 60's. Here are some fine examples from well known manufacturers featuring both Stereo and Quadraphonic (early Surround) systems.


COLUMBIA DSC835 (1964)
COLUMBIA DSC835 (1964)

NATIONAL (1964)
NATIONAL (1964)

ONKYO MC-2200 (1968)
ONKYO MC-2200 (1968)

PIONEER PSC-1 (1960)
PIONEER PSC-1 (1960)

PIONEER PSC-5A (1961)
PIONEER PSC-5A (1961)

SANSUI APS-530 (1965)
SANSUI APS-530 (1965)

Technics SC-1600 (1969)
Technics SC-1600 (1969)

TOSHIBA MEISTERSINGER NO20 (1964)
TOSHIBA MEISTERSINGER NO20 (1964)

VICTOR STL-3 (1959)
VICTOR STL-3 (1959)

VICTOR STL-661 (1963)
VICTOR STL-661 (1963)

VICTOR STL-690M (1967)
VICTOR STL-690M (1967)

VICTOR STL-740MG (1966)
VICTOR STL-740MG (1966)

QUADRAPHONIC Consoles

SANSUI Q-2000 (1971)
SANSUI Q-2000 (1971)

VICTOR DF-11DX (1974)
VICTOR DF-11DX (1974)


08 October 2015

Victor JL-B1000P - world first quartz turntable 1974

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This is the Victor Laboratory (JVC) JL-B1000P broadcast turntable, the world first quartz lock turntable introduced in 1974 by Victor company of Japan (JVC). This Victor Laboratory model was followed by the Victor (JVC) TT-101 for domestic use in 1975.

victor tt-101

From a vintage JVC advert promoting a new JVC Quartz turntable:
"Since we introduced the world's first Quartz-controlled turntable in 1974, we've been constantly refining the ultra-precision oscillator circuits and improving the characteristics of our motor drive system."

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22 February 2015

Vertical CD player (part 1 HITACHI)


Various vertical CD players were built during the first 30 Years of CD but in this article we would focus on first generation vertical CD players. These are interesting because both inventors of the CD player, SONY and PHILIPS made their first generation CD player as horizontal playing CD units. SONY opted for tray loading while PHILIPS went with top loading, closely followed by a tray loading model.

The two biggest first generation CD player manufacturers were of course SONY and PHILIPS. While SONY havent supplied it's units to be rebadged by other manufacturers PHILIPS had many rebadged versions. The biggest supplier of these first generation CD players was however HITACHI. Below you can see the HITACHI based models that came from japanese manufacturers:

HITACHI DA-1000


cd player

Lo-D DAD-1000 
(Brand name used by HITACHI for the japanese domestic market) 

cd player

JVC XL-V1

cd player

Victor XL-V1
(Brand name used by JVC for the japanese domestic market)

cd player

DENON DCD-2000

cd player

With an intense activity around the launch of compact disc, french company THOMSON became the main supplier in Europe for these vertical loading CD players from HITACHI. THOMSON owned by this time several french and german brands, so the HITACHI vertical cd player was sold under at least 7 different brand names, including a THOMSON rebadge as well. These are the THOMSON distributed HITACHI vertical cd players:

THOMSON AD 100

cd player


BRANDT DAD-001

cd player

CONTINENTAL EDISON DAD-9370

cd player

DUAL CD 120

cd player

NORDMENDE Audio Digital System 2000

cd player

PATHE MARCONI PMLA10

cd player

SABA CDP-380

cd player

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