Wadia 781i was the end of my long search for SACD player. I started with Krell, then moved to Linn Akurate, then McIntosh, for a few weeks auditioned Ayre but finally fell in love with Wadia. Continue reading Wadia 781. Taming The Beast!
My recent efforts to restore Aiwa TP-S30 failed miserably! Before giving up on Aiwa Walkmans I decided to check if Aiwa later models are as difficult as their first one. HS-P202 MkIII looks beautiful and has decent specs, perfect candidate for restoration.
Naim Stageline is a joke of a phonostage, but when combined with Hi-Cap power supply it gains both in weight and in price points. Once I switched from VirtuosoWood MM to a MC cartridge, “Stageline N” went into storage and “Stageline S’ took its place.
For my cartridge, AQ 7000 Fe5 (made by Scan Tech = Lyra and periodically sent to Lyra for rejuvenation), “Stageline S” (470 Ohm load) is recommended. My first impression of AQ/Stage-S was that I should immediately revert back to Virtuoso Wood and Stageline N: sonically my Sondek became “dead”… Continue reading Upgrading Naim Stageline phonostage
Here is the Snow White:
It must have been kept in storage until the grease got stiff, then played… once! Sled gears were immediately broken and so the Sleeping Beauty was packed and stashed away for a few decades…. then posted on eBay. I was the one who bought this beautiful paperweight. Continue reading The most beautiful Discman in the World. Loewe CD-100
Matured and well-nurtured obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) had pushed me towards Nakamichi decks. Beautiful TEAC A-100 was more than adequate for my needs of making tapes to be played through a boombox. But how could I miss the chance to buy Nak LX-3, and then LX-5? LX-5 was professionally calibrated for me by Willy Hermann, but LX-3 I decided to fix myself. Getting $100 Service Kit from eBay member revox-de was the first step:
A few weeks of pain and suffering resulted in a beautiful-looking (and up to specs) deck:
Original table can be found at kaosuncd.com. I transferred data into MS Excel and then sorted Discmans by the year. Some info on Sony Discmans was borrowed from sonyvintage.com; other-times extracted from Service Manuals or from the photos of the actual items undergoing surgery on my workbench. Excel file is updated each time I get a new Discman, PDF file updated only occasionally
D6800 shall never win any Beauty Contest: it is just too big and chunky. It was designed for portable use, and all 6xAA (!) batteries should be loaded inside the player.
As already mentioned here, D-6800 has one of the most powerful headphone amplitiers among Discmans. Officially it is rated as 20mW into 32Ohm, but my own tests show the same numbers as for Sony D-50MkII and Technics SL-XP5 which are rated at 30mW/32Ohm.
Bad news: absolutely ALL D6800 are dead by now… Continue reading Philips/Magnavox D6800 restoration
Based on its internal schematics, Realistic CD-3350 was made for Radio Shack by Denon. To my eyes, it is the most beautiful Discman in my collection, rivaled only by another “flying saucer” from Philips:
Boomboxes from Sencor are the only Swiss boomboxes out there. “Designed in Switzerland”, made most probably in Japan. Well, at least the label for Sencor S-4500 says “Made in Japan”, whether this applies to S-4800 nobody seems to know. By looking at cassette mechanism it may be easy to tell who made these boomboxes for Sencor: JVC, Philips, Sony,… I am not in the know, but maybe someone looking at the photos will be able to recognize the mechanism.
S-480 schematics can be found here: S-4800schematics
Here are my efforts to restore S-4800 to its original state, with a bit of extra beautifying: …