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

jamo oriel
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. 

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JAMO ORIEL internals

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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.

22 February 2017

TEAC Tape Recorder History - The Beginings

teac td-102
TD-102

TEAC Corporation was originally founded as Tokio Television Acoustic Company on 8th of August 1953 by Katsuma and Tomoma Tani. The two brothers in 1956 founded Tokyo Electronic Acoustic Company and finally merging the two in 1964 to form the modern day TEAC Corporation. The first mass produced product was the TD-102.

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TEAC founder, Katsuma Tani, and the TD-102

In 1957 the CEO and the chief engineer of Lafayette Radio Electronics visited the newly estabilished Tokyo Electronic Acoustic Company where Tani showed them the prototype of the TD-102. When they saw the prototype they said  “Add a playback amp, turn it into a tape player and change the casing in to a cabinet and we’ll take it!”. And with that, they ordered 25 units.

The second help came from engineer Bretz from radio manufacturing firm Philco who invited TEAC to perform a demonstration of their products at the Far East Audio Club where 50 TD-102 were sold. After the TD-102’s initial success, TEAC’s open-reel tape decks gained wide commercial notoriety when an influential American consumer magazine, Consumer Reports, listed it as no. 5 out of 17 tried and tested audio products.

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teac
The TD-102 production line in the late 1950s

TEAC founded TASCAM, the professional division of TEAC and it was the TASCAM 80-8 tape deck that was used to record the voices of R2-D2 and C3PO in the making of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope in 1977. This was not the first time that a TEAC recorder was used to record important events in history. The call sign  “I am Seagull” (Ya Chaika, Ya Chaika) of the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova was also recorded on a TEAC recorder, the TD-330.

tascam
TASCAM 80-8

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TEAC TD-330

TEAC's A-4010 4 track home tape deck became TEAC's best selling product with sales in excess of 200,000 units with the A-6010 securing TEAC's position as one of the best tape deck makers in the world. At the TEAC HQ in Tokyo, the very last A-4010 series model produced is on display at the entrance, with a special commemorative badge.

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200,000 units sold

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teac
An original wooden box used for the 25 year anniversary export model and TD-102 inside box 

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The very last A-4010

The last home tape recorder created by TEAC was the X-2000R. TEAC  also made many successeful compact cassette recorders and digital recorders but more about them in another part dedicated to TEAC history. (Source: TEAC Corp.)

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TEAC X-2000R

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15 February 2017

The Fisher DAC-2415 from 1995

fisher dac-2415 cd changer

This is the FISHER DAC-2415 24-CD Changer introduced in 1995. As part of our regular monthly webpage updates, you can read the full description here. A video of the unit can be seen on our YouTube channel here

08 February 2017

BALLFINGER M063 - New Tape Recorder for 2017.

tape recorder, tonbandgerate

Recent years showed a growth of supply in "Master Tape Copies". These new tapes recorded from original master recordings are considered to be the best possible source for recorded music. Several companies offer tapes like these on large (26.5 cm) open reel tape format recorded in 2 track Stereo format with prices that begin at 300 Euro. Until now the only way to enjoy these tapes was to purchase an old (used or refurbished) tape recorder. Paying attention to this growing trend a German Design firm led by Roland Schneider decided to design a new tape recorder that was presented on 4th of February 2017 in Hamburg at Norddeutsche HiFi Tage / Hortest 2017. This is the BALLFINGER M063, a brand new 2 track reel to rel tape recorder capable of speeds up to 38 cm/s that can accept tapes up to 30 cm diameter.

tape recorder, tonbandgerate

tape recorder, tonbandgerate

tape recorder, tonbandgerate

tape recorder, tonbandgerate

tape recorder, tonbandgerate

Technical data
Operation: vertical / horizontal / 19 inch rack
Counter: Digital / hour, minutes, seconds, hundreth of second
Drive: 3 motor Direct Drive (DC phase locked loop)
Speed: 9.5 cm/s, 19 cm/s, 38 cm/s   Editing: -90 cm/s to + 90 cm/s
Fast winding: 5 m/s, 10 m/s
Remote controlled headphone output.
3 head  2 track configuration
Frequency response:30 - 16000 Hz +/- 2 dB (9.5 cm/s)
                                     30 - 20000 Hz +/- 2 dB (19 cm/s)
                         30 - 22000 Hz +/- 2 dB (38 cm/s)
VU meter: 35 mm x 60 mm ASA standard
Signal to noise: >70 dB (19 cm/s)
Input / output: XLR and RCA
Price: €27,900 (4 feb. 2017)


More Classic Reel to Reel recorders here

26 January 2017

Alpage and the Clones

alpage al-300
Alpage AL-300

The Alpage AL-300 was a cassette deck introduced in 1980 by the Alpine Electronics Inc. which is, in turn, a member of the Alps Electric Group. The Alpage AL-300 was a top-of-the-line model, one of the best 3-head cassette decks on the market. The AL-300 has a 3-head design with Closed Loop Dual Capstan drive mechanism. The AL-300 was designed for use with metal tape (and CrO2, FeCr, Normal) with independent Dolby calibration for left and right channels and also independent BIAS adjustment controls.

alpage al-300
Alpage AL-300

A direct clone of this deck was the eumig FL-900 available with both silver or black fascia.

eumig FL-900
eumig FL-900

eumig FL-900
eumig Series 500

A slightly modified version of this deck was distributed by PHILIPS and several PHILIPS sub-brands accross the world. These versions had instead of the needle type VU meters Fluorescent Tube Peak Level meters and a large bright red LED tape counter. 

The following models were availabe: PHILIPS N5788 (black), N5781 (silver), ARISTONA SR3780, ERRES SR3788, LOEWE SR3788 and DUX SR3788.

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PHILPS with Digital counter

PHILIPS N5788
PHILIPS N5788

PHILIPS N5788
PHILIPS N5788

Fluorescent Peak Meter

ARISTONA SR3780
ARISTONA SR3780

LOEWE SR3780
LOEWE SR3780

ERRES SR3780
ERRES SR3780

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