12 December 2017

15 Designer Racks - More Then Audio.

KODO by Joachim B. Stanitzek for BLAUPUNKT 1988
KODO by Joachim B. Stanitzek for BLAUPUNKT 1988

Normally when we say audio rack we think of a simple piece of furniture with shelves and wheels or a more "profesional" system holding components via front panel mounting screws. There were however some exceptions as well, with manufacturers asking artists or designers to come up with unique concepts for audio storage. Below you can see a selection of such concepts initiated by manufacturers like BLAUPUNKT or PHILIPS. 

BLAUPUNKT had collaborated with Joachim B. Stanitzek, Susanne Neubohn, Christian Schneider-Moll and furniture manufacturer interlübke. PHILIPS had collaborated with world famous designers like Ettore Sottsass (founder Memphis Group) or Andrée Putman.

In some cases there were in house creations as well like the ones from PHILIPS, SONY or by Jakob Jensen as Bang&Olufsen designer.

Joachim Stanitzek, Media Component Holder BG-1, 1988-1989
Joachim Stanitzek, Media Component Holder BG-1, 1988-1989

Vis-ä-Vis by Susanne Neubohn for BLAUPUNKT 1987
Vis-ä-Vis by Susanne Neubohn for BLAUPUNKT 1987

Baobab by Christian Scnaider-Moll for BLAUPUNKT 1988
Baobab by Christian Scnaider-Moll for BLAUPUNKT 1988

interlübke Caddy RO 63 for BLAUPUNKT 1988
interlübke Caddy RO 63 for BLAUPUNKT 1988

interlübke for BLAUPUNKT 1988
interlübke for BLAUPUNKT 1988

PHILIPS 1998
PHILIPS 1998

Ettore Sottsass PHILIPS Design Edtion No.2 1994
Ettore Sottsass PHILIPS Design Edtion No.2 1994

Mediathek Andrée Putman PHILIPS 1994
Mediathek by Andrée Putman PHILIPS 1994

PHILIPS R 900 for Series 900 components 1994
PHILIPS R 900 for Series 900 components 1994

sony 1998
SONY 1998

sony 1998
SONY 1998

Sony 1993
SONY 1993

ATTYCA 1 by Jakob Jensen  Bang&Olufsen 1986
ATTYCA 1 by Jakob Jensen  Bang&Olufsen 1986

Studio Metamorfosi office by Studio Alchimia  1984
Studio Metamorfosi office by Studio Alchimia  1984


05 December 2017

7 Cassette Decks....Then They Were Vertical

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AKAI on the wall - 1974

When we say Cassette deck we normally think of a square box of a component that can be stacked one on each other. This was not however always the case. In the 70's some manufacturers tried a different approach by promoting vertical standing models that can be wall mounted or simply standing next to a tape recorder - like the big boys. Here is a selection of vertical standing cassette decks by various manufacturers.


akai gxc-510d 1974
AKAI GXC-510D 1974

aurex pc-6030 1976
Aurex (TOSHIBA) PC-6030 1976

denon dr750 1977
DENON DR750 1977

nakamichi 700 1973
Nakamichi 700 1973

PHILIPS N2521 1977
PHILIPS N2521 1977

teac a-860 1976
TEAC A-860 1976

tandberg TCD 330 1977
TANDBERG TCD 330 (right) 1977

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21 November 2017

Classic Amplifiers - Big, Bigger, Biggest.

This is an (incomplete) selection of some of the biggest amplifiers built. These models are either unusually large or unusually powerful thus taking us by surprise.

AKAI DA-A9500 (1989)
AKAI DA-A9500 (1989)

DENON POA-1000B (1976)
DENON POA-1000B (1976)

JVC JM-S1000 (1975)
JVC JM-S1000 (1975)

ONKYO Grand Integra M-510 (1984)
ONKYO Grand Integra M-510 (1984)

ROTEL RB-5000 (1978)
ROTEL RB-5000 (1978)

Technics SE-A1 (1977)
Technics SE-A1 (1977)

YAMAHA MX-10000 (1987)
YAMAHA MX-10000 (1987)

For more info and desciption please visit: Classic Amplifiers


21 October 2017

The PIONEER JA-R2S Professional Rack - 1977

PIONEER JA-R2S
PIONEER Professional Metal Rack System

In 1977 PIONEER introduced two metalic rack systems, the JA-R2S and the smaller JA-R1A. These two beautiful mobile audio rack systems were designed to conform to EIA standards. EIA stands for Electronic Industries Association of America and its standards are recognized all over the world. Most PIONEER components built up to 1981 could be fitted in these mobile audio racks. Various components were built with front panel integrated rack mounting ears like pre-power amplifier combinations Spec 1, Spec 2, Spec 3, Spec4 and tape recorder models RT-701, RT-707 and RT-909. PIONEER audio components with panels that do not conform to EIA standards could still be mounted using various adapters like the JA-R101, JA-R102 and JA-R104. Rack dimensions are: JA-R2S 514(W) x 1140(H) x 534(D) - JA-R1A 514(W) x 1006(H) x 534(D) 

PIONEER JA-R2S
PIONEER JA-R2S

PIONEER JA-R2S
PIONEER JA-R1A

PIONEER JA-R2S
PIONEER SPEC1 SPEC2

PIONEER JA-R2S

PIONEER JA-R2S

PIONEER JA-R2S
PIONEER rack ears
In the end you can say that an audio dream comes true with a superb system like this.

PIONEER JA-R2S
PIONEER Dream





07 October 2017

JAMO ORIEL - The Sound of Excellence

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JAMO ORIEL

Jacobsen + Mortensen = JAMO. The famous loudspeaker manufacturer was founded in 1968 in Denmark by Preben Jacobsen and Julius Mortensen. In 1992 they have introduced the JAMO ORIEL, a monumental 1.78 m high and 72 kg loudspeaker. Each pair was handmade to order with an engraved plate of the owner. The JAMO ORIEL is a 3 way bass reflex loudpeaker with two 8" (205 mm) woofer sitting inside of the cabinet, a 6 1/2" (165 mm) KEVLAR cone midrange and a 28 mm dome tweeter. The frequency range is 20-22000 Hz while the recommended amplifier rating is 70 - 300 W. The whole "stucture" was placed on a concrete base plate with spikes included. 

jamo oriel
JAMO ORIEL internals

jamo oriel
JAMO ORIEL components




03 October 2017

The AKAI PRO-2022 Audio Rack 1981

AKAI PRO-2022
 AKAI PRO-2022 (extra)

Most manufacturers from the Golden Age of Hi-Fi offered a selection of audio components that can be fitted perfectly into a custom rack system. The system presented here is the AKAI PRO-2022 from 1981. This is a 1145 mm high and 584 mm wide metallic rack where the components are mounted with the use of additional rack ears that first had to be fitted to the components.
From top to bottom we have: 
AKAI AP-Q80C Quartz Direct Drive turntable fitted with Ortofon LMB 12 cartridge.
AKAI PA-W06 Power amplifier. 100 W/ch (DIN 4 ohm), flurescent power meters and two loudspeaker connector
AKAI PR-A06 Pre-amplifier. Input for tuner, AUX, 2 tape, 2 phono, remote controllable volume, 3 step loudness, subsonic and high filters
AKAI AT-S06 Digital Quartz Synthesizer Tuner with 10 FM + 10 AM station presets
AKAI GX-F37 cassette deck. Two motor full logic, HIGH-COM noise reduction, Dolby Noise Reduction for playbak only, Frequency response Metal tape 30-19.000 Hz
AKAI EA-G80 Graphic Equalizer. 2x10 band octave EQ with +/- 10 dB range
AKAI SR-H77 3 Way Loudspeakers 110 W(max) / 70 W (nominal), 8 ohm

Extra Components:
AKAI DT-200 Timer. Allows programmed switching on of the whole system. Timer settings for 4 programmes for 7 days.
AKAI RC-6B Remote Receiver. Transforms your system into a remote controlled Hi-Fi system.


AKAI PRO-2022
 AKAI PRO-2022 (standard)

AKAI PR-A06
AKAI PR-A06

AKAI PA-W06
AKAI PA-W06

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06 July 2017

Summer Holiday and Vintage Portable Audio

Summer Holiday is here so it's time to relax. If you are a rich guy then you simply escape from the Big city.....in a Big way. 


If you are like me, a regular Hi-Fi guy, then you pack your bags (and Hi-Fi) and hit the road.


Finally arrived each one goes it's own way. The rich guy with his Yacht, girl and Boombox while the
regular guy is watching the girls and goes to beach parties.






When your holiday ends and you feel a little bit shrinked, that's because you've stayed too much in the water.


That's all folks.