14 December 2016

7 Beautiful Mini Audio System from the 90's

mini audio systems

DENON D-F10 (1996)

DENON UPA-F10 55W/ch amplifier, DENON UTU-F10 RDS tuner, DENON UCD-F10 LAMBDA-Super-Linear-Converter CD player, DENON UDR-F10 Dolby HX-Pro cassette deck, DENON SC-F10S 2 way loudspeaker.

denon d-f10

JVC (Victor in Japan) HMV 1993

JVC AX-V1 dual mono amplifier, JVC X-V1 20bitK2 CD player, JVC TD-V1 3 head cassette deck, JVC SX-V1 2 way loudspeaker. The front and top cover for all components is a one piece aluminium (like the PHILIPS mini 109) while the loudspeaker also has a metal front.

jvc hmv

ONKYO Liverpool (1993)

ONKYO T-411RDS tuner, ONKYO A-911 70W/ch amplifier, ONKYO K-611 3 Head 3 Motor Dual Capstan cassette deck (it features a conventional door not a tray), ONKYO T-409 tuner, 
ONKYO C-711 singe-bit CD player, ONKYO K-R609 auto-reverse cassette deck.

onkyo liverpool

PIONEER Impresso 5 (1995)

PIONEER F-C3 tuner, PIONEER A-C5 45W/ch amplifier, PIONEER T-C3 Auto BLE cassette deck, PIONEER PD-C5 Legato Link / Stable platter CD payer, PIONEER S-C5 2 way loudspeaker.

pioneer impresso

SONY 5000 Series (ES on some markets) (1998)

SONY TA-F5000ES 45W/ch MOS-FET amplifier, SONY CDP-X5000ES Fixed pick-up mechanism CD payer, SONY SS-AL5 2 way loudspeaker.

sony 5000 series

TEAC H-Series (1997)

TEAC A-H500 50W/ch amplifier, TEAC T-H500 RDS tuner, TEAC PD-H500 1 bit CD payer, TEAC R-H500 auto-reverse cassette deck.

teac h-series

YAMAHA Classic Line (1995)

YAMAHA AX-10 100W/ch (DIN 4 ohm) amplifier, YAMAHA TX-10 RDS tuner, YAMAHA CDX-10 22 bit Pro-bit CD player, YAMAHA KX-10 3 Head 3 Motor cassette deck, YAMAHA NS-2 2 way loudspeaker.

yamaha classic line

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02 December 2016

01 December 2016

Master and the Clones

This was not the first time in the history of High-Fidelity when a component was rebadged under several other brand names. This pre-amplifier / power amplifier combo from 1989 is perhaps the one that saw the most versions, most notably in Germany. The original was made by LOTTE of Korea and you can see below the "clones". Most of them had the same lettering and some even kept the model number as well. There were two versions made, one was 200 W/ch while the other one was 150 W/ch.

LOTTE LA-1200 (150 W/ch) and the clones


LOTTE LA-1200 front
LOTTE LA-1200

LIFE LA-1200
LIFE LA-1200

Lenco AF 3302
Lenco AF 3302

PALLADIUM LA-1200
PALLADIUM LA-1200

PHILIPS PA-1200B
PHILIPS PA-1200B

UHER Reference 1
UHER Reference 1


LOTTE LA-2500 (200 W/ch) and the clones


LOTTE LA-2500
LOTTE LA-2500

Lenco system
Lenco system

UHER Royal UMA-400
UHER Royal UMA-400

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23 October 2016

3 HEAD cassette deck rarities

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In this article we take a closer look to some of the rarest 3 head cassette recorders. They were either market specific models or were only made in low numbers so they hardly ever show up for sale on the second hand market.

First in this line-up is the OPTONICA RT-9100H. Optonica was a brand name used by SHARP for their high-end audio gear. This model is not necessarily rare but is definitely one of the less known 3 head recorders....with 4 head. Yes it is a genuine 3 head recorder with monitor function however there was a 4th head that recorded signals to the tape for a sophisticated music search system. It was available as OPTONICA RT-9 in Japan, OPTONICA RT-9100 the rest of the world, while the black version was OPTONICA RT-6905 that came with an additional programable timer unit.

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OPTONICA RT-9100H

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OPTONICA RT-6905

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OPTONICA RT-9

The next model is from Austria and it was made by eumig (Elektrizitats Und Metallwaren Industrie Gesellschaft mbH. in Wien). Before eumig became known with their version of a rebadged Alpine, the eumig FL-900 or the famous eumig FL-1000 they made this 3 head model called the eumig Metropolitan CCD. Released in 1977 this cassette deck uses heads from WOELKE (Germany) mounted on a full die-cast chasis. Instead of the usual rec/playback sandwich head this model uses an independent playback head while the recording head is sandwitched together with the erase head and there is azimuth control for the recording head.

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eumig METROPOLITAN CCD

Moving to the next model there's a 3 head cassette deck from a turntable specialist. This is the Lenco C 2003 Direct Drive dual capstan 3 independent head cassette deck from Switzerland. (699 USD 1977)


cassette deck
Lenco C 2003

Talking about turntable specialist, here's the one and only Thorens PC-650 3 head cassette recorder from 1979.

cassette deck
Thorens PC 650

Part of the slimline 777 system from SIEMENS this is the SIEMENS RC 777, a 3 head cassette deck with Sendust heads. This deck could be sourced from SANYO as the smaller SIEMENS 666 system uses rebadged SANYO units. 

cassette deck
SIEMENS RC 777

Another 3 head cassette deck is the ITT HiFi 8025 which shows strong technical resemblances with TANDBERG. It was also available as INGELEN.

cassette deck
ITT HiFi 8025

Last but not least here's a 3 head cassette deck from the former communist block. This is the UNITRA MDS 625 from Poland, a deck with dual capstan mechanism, 3 ferrite heads and dual speed (4,75 and 9,5 cm/s)

cassette deck
UNITRA MDS 625

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08 October 2016

SAMSUNG High End Audio...1996

samsung high end

Did you know that the world leader in electronic industry Samsung began their operations by producing noodles first? Then how about some High End audio products made in 1996?

Samsung made two sets of High End audio components in 1996. Each set included a preamplifier, power amplifier and loudspeakers. The Samsung C-01 preamplifier and the 300W/ch Samsung power amplifier were the bigger set and they were partnered by the Samsung SP-01 loudspeaker. There is no official reference but it seems that the amplifiers were designed by Mark Levinson and built by Samsung in Korea. It ssems that they were intended to be sold as SAMSUNG products worldwide while on their domestic market they were branded as Emperor.

samsung c-01
Emperor (SAMSUNG) C-01 preamplifier

samsung high end
Emperor (SAMSUNG) C-01 and M-30S

samsung high end
Emperor (SAMSUNG) M-30S

samsung high end
Emperor (SAMSUNG) M-30S

There were two versions of the Samsung SP-01 loudspeaker. One model had the tweeter on the top and two midrange cones below, while the other one (final version ?) had the tweeter between two dome midranges. Unlike the electronics the loudspeakers were built in the U.S.A. by HALES (a now defunct loudspeaker manufacturer)

samsung high end
SAMSUNG SP-01

samsung high end
Emperor (SAMSUNG) SP-01

The second, smaller system, consisted of the Samsung C-03 preamplifier, Samsung M-15S power amplifier and the Samsung SP-03 loudspeaker. 

samsung high end
SAMSUNG (Emperor) High End Audio

samsung high end
Emperor (SAMSUNG) -03

samsung high end
Emperor C-03 remote

samsung high end
Emperor (SAMSUNG) SP-03

samsung high end

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20 September 2016

50 Years Technics

Introducing 50 years of Technics history and legendary products.



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16 September 2016

Making of the New Technics SL-1200 (2016)

Making the New Technics SL-1200GAE/G turntable - key elements and assembly. 
Made in Japan


Details of the New Direct Drive motor.

technics direct drive 2016


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13 September 2016

The Power of LUXMAN

LUXMAN (ラックスマン株式会社) was founded in 1925 by the time radio broadcasting started in Japan. It's a company that manufactures luxury audio components. Below you can see some of their emblematic products acompanied by Bowers&Wilkins loudspeakers that were distributed in Japan by LUXMAN. 

luxman ultimate

LUXMAN models pictured: SQ38FD, CL35II, CL350, tube power amplifiers MQ36, MQ60 and MQ60 Custom

Luxman power

Pictured loudspeakers: LUX-LX77, B&W 70 Continental

Luxman and Bower&Wilkins

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26 July 2016

High Fidelity Men - Part 3

high fidelity men

Peter J. Walker - QUAD
Peter J. Walker - QUAD

Saül B. Marantz - marantz
Saül B. Marantz - marantz

Sidney Harman - harman kardon - Bernard Kardon
Sidney Harman - harman kardon - Bernard Kardon

Willi Studer - REVOX / STUDER
Willi Studer - REVOX / STUDER

Stefan Kudelski - NAGRA
Stefan Kudelski - NAGRA

Sidney N. SHURE
Sidney N. SHURE

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