List of early vertical loading CD players

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  1. Peacekeepr73

    Peacekeepr73 Digitally Remastered Member Thread Starter

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    Wyoming, Michigan
    Today I picked up a Soundesign 5055BLK Vertical loading CD player from 1989 for 10$ and I am thoroughly enjoying the sight of my CDs spinning about so considering the cheapness of Soundesign I have decided to look for a better vertical load CD player on the Bay. Saddly searching "Vintage vertacle load CD player" I come up with nothing. What I would like to do is with the help of everyone on the forum compile a list of all the early vertical loading CD players so that I may search each out individually. Also it would be a great resource of anyone doing the same. Please include pics.
     
  2. MacGyver

    MacGyver Forum Resident

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    JVC XL-V1

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    TENSAI TAD-2000

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    PIONEER PD-1

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    KENWOOD L-03DP

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    SANYO DAD-8

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    HITACHI DA-1000

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    LO-D (HITACHI HIGH-END IMPRINT) DAD-1000

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    DENON DCD-2000

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    KYOCERA DA-01

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    AKAI CD-D1

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    NEC CD-803

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    MICRO SEIKI CD-115

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  3. Downsampled

    Downsampled Formerly PlusMinus

    Nice! The Pioneer and the Kyocera are good looking.
     
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  4. Bang & Olufsen have done a few vertical loading CD players that let you see the disc spin.
     
  5. crooner

    crooner Tube Marantzed

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    Mitsubishi DP-101 also known as Diatone DP-101 in Japan
    Extremely rare unit.

    Happen to own one courtesy of a former Stereo Review magazine writer who bought it new back in 1983. Retailed for $1200 back then.

    I made a nice YouTube Video of my Mitsubishi in action. Still works after all these years!
     

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  6. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

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    Excellent work there, MacGyver.
     
  7. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

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    Those are cool players. I haven't seen one in years, but I'd love to own one that works.
     
  8. jriems

    jriems Audio Ojiisan

    I was just going to post this - Beosound 2300 circa 1991
     

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  9. Obtuse1

    Obtuse1 Forum Resident

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    My "garage system" has one. :winkgrin:

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  10. Peter314

    Peter314 Member

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    Don't want to come across as some kind of spelling Nazi, but if you search for "vintage vertical load cd player" you will get better results. :)
     
  11. GT40sc

    GT40sc Forum Resident

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    Phase Linear made one back in the day...we used to call it "the toaster"...
     
  12. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    Dual CD-120

    Here's a Dual entry in the sweepstakes. A word of caution: it generally will not play past the 70 minute or so initial time limit; in other words, more recent 80-minute discs give it trouble. In fact, if memory serves, even discs exceeding 60 minutes can be problematic. I don't know how many of these early players share that limitation, but you may want to be careful if you plan to buy one and use it for more than decoration.
     

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  13. JA Fant

    JA Fant Well-Known Member

    I had an Emerson around 1986.
     
  14. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

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    I'm positive there was a vertical-loading Technics player around 1982-1983, but I'm not positive if it was ever released in the U.S. I believe I shot photos of one for an early issue of Digital Audio magazine from a Chicago CES in that era.

    Those did look very cool. I think the only reason they fell out of favor is that everybody figured out that the mechanisms cost too much to manufacture, plus it was possible to make a really thin CD player that would more easily fit average people's systems.

    Here's an early Philips prototype:

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  15. Downsampled

    Downsampled Formerly PlusMinus

    I reckon they were difficult to load, too. With drawers, it's easy to handle a CD by the edges and drop it in. With the vertical loaders, it must be harder to do that.
     
  16. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

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    No, they weren't hard to load. I always stuck my finger in the center spindle hole and carried them around that way, then slipped them into the slot. No big deal. Getting them out was harder.

    Ultimately, the drawer-loading horizontal transports made more sense and were easier to load. But not as interesting-looking as the vertical-loaders.

    One of the nicest-looking machines I ever owned was the Technics SL-P1200 -- the slanted-load DJ-style machine:

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  17. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

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    Ah, this one was on my wish list for a long time. IIRC, it was heralded for its sound quality, and was featured on the cover of either HIGH FIDELITY or STEREO REVIEW.

    I occassionally troll eBay for one, but since this model was a DJ favorite, I assume most used units have tremendous mileage on them.
     
  18. stuwee

    stuwee Forum Resident

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    The KYOCERA DA-01 is the one to look for, they show up every now and then, the most modern of the breed, classic high-end Japanese looks and sound to match :thumbsup:. The microprossessor's can be an issue, and good luck finding parts.

    Would look and sound great with some vintage Luxman or Accuphase gear.

    If you want a total vertical system the Mitsubishi is your only choice with their vertical linear tracking turntable :)

    excellent research and pics Mac :edthumbs:
     
  19. Claude

    Claude Forum Resident

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    Here's a list of players tested in the german Audio magazine from March 1983, which indicated vertical/horizontal.

    Some of these players were technically identical.
     

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  20. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

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    I have a Goldstar one lying around somewhere.
     
  21. tps

    tps Forum Resident

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    Philadelphia, PA
    The first year that CD players were on display at CES in Chicago, this was the only one; not even Sony or Philips had CD players on display that year. I remember standing at one corner of the big hall trying to ignore the thump of the boom cars, listening to Bob James & Earl Klugh's "One On One" through headphones, the first CD I ever heard.
     
  22. LeeS

    LeeS Blue Note Fan

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    Yes, like you need another CD player. ;) :D
     
  23. sacsongs

    sacsongs Forum Resident

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    Although not an early unit, the recent Beosound 9000 from B&O still uses this alignment. It can also be stand mounted or wall mounted. I saw one in their store in SoHo, NYC. Cool but very pricey.

    http://www.bang-olufsen.com/beosound9000
     
  24. MacGyver

    MacGyver Forum Resident

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    TECHNICS SL-P1200

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  25. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

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    You're killing me! The first two photos are real beauties. None of the units I've seen on eBay look remotely as nice.
     
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