Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Peacekeepr73, Jun 4, 2011.
Or other vintage Kyocera.
Seeing as there happens to be no record of my Soundesign 5055-BLK anywhere on the web here is the scoop and a few pictures. It was manufactured in 1989 (June) and there are two chips from Yamaha and one from Sanyo under the hood.
Heh, I like how the Soundesign unit tells you "fluorescent graphic display."
LOL! Didn't notice that.
These were really cool looking
Actually, I was very disappointed that the SL-P1200's performance was so bad. Lot of tracking and skipping problems. I think they improved the tracking on the later SL-P1300, plus the latter had a better remote control.
But it did look very, very cool. [Replacement shot for the linked pic that mysteriously vanished.]
Is that a pitch control on the right side of the player?
Yes, the P1200 and the P1300 did have a DJ-style pitch control on the right. You could also use the jog/shuttle knob to cue the CD very precisely to the very first frame of the music, which on-air DJs liked so that they fire off tracks without any delay.
The P1200 was built like a tank -- I swear, it must've been at least 20-25 pounds. It really looked impressive, too. I think the P1300 added balanced XLR outputs.
If this was the June '82 show, a lot of firms were privately showing CD prototypes in suites at McCormick Inn, a block from the convention center. Both Philips and Sony had been showing CD prototypes for years; I did an interview with a Polydor exec all about CDs in 1981 at the Vegas CES, and he told me then (off the record), "don't sell your LPs -- there will always be titles that won't be reissued on CD," which I thought was an unusual comment.
JVC had fought the CD trend by pushing their own AHD "Audio High Density" format, which was a 10" capacitive disc that went nowhere. They were so chagrined that AHD failed, they held back from making any CD players for a couple of years, I think not until at least 1984 or 1985.
He should have told you, "Buy all the red face and green arrow CDs that you can. They will be worth a ton of money someday!"
In 1986 When I bought my first component system, a Fisher Studio Standard 275. The salesman tried to get me to upgrade to a front loading CD player.
The Fisher ad-850
I've got a couple of older Sharp front-loaders like that, which my grandparents bought in the 80's.
I'm an owner. Here's my little 80's bedroom rig (save for the turntable, which is a mid 70's Pio).
Damn thing works like new!
Technics' first CD player was the front loader SL-P10:
I have the demo CD in the player in the picture - some awful Japanese pop music covers of western songs.
There is a handful of front loaders and their clones on this site:
Separate names with a comma.