AIWA CSD-EX5 STRASSER (1993)
The Aiwa CSD-EX5 is part of an extensive range of portables introduced in 1993. It has very simple and elegant lines featuring a hidden autoreverse cassette recorder on the top and a drawer type cd player at the front. The whole system is remote controllable via a removable hand held unit that can be stored right above the cd tray. The radio section has 24 station presets, the cd player is a 20 track programmable unit with CD to tape synchro copy function and there is also an illuminated front LCD display with clock and timer function. The amplifier section is 60 W (PMPO) which actually means 7W/ch Sinus power in reality. It was available in black and titanium finish and was part of the so called STRASSER series in Japan. Dimensions: 460x148x202 mm | Weight: 4,2 kg | Operation: 12V external, 8xUM2 batteries.
KENWOOD MDX-E7 Limited (1997)
The Kenwood RAMPAGE MDX-E7 Limited is the second generation of the original MDX-E7 featuring an improved woofer with larger magnet. This is a 3 CD changer, minidisc recorder and radio portable unit. The MD section has 20bit D/A and A/D converter and a 20bit D/A converter CD player. The MD recorder is using ATRAC audio data compression and it can be used with a keyboard cyber titler (CT-G90). The FM stereo radio section has name input selection and auto preset tuning. The amplifier section consists of a 2x10 W transistor power modul driving a 2-way speaker system with alpha-duct (10 cm woofer and 40 mm tweeter). At the back of the unit we can find an AUX in/out and a subwoofer pre-out. The whole system can be remote controlled with the Kenwood RC-MDX07 infrared hand held unit. Dimensions: 570x219x296 mm | Weight: 8 kg | Operation: mains
Panasonic RX-DT75 (1994)
The Panasonic RX-DT75 was a part of a new generation of boomboxes introduced in 1994. With this model Panasonic introduced a motorized top control panel called by enthusiasts "Cobra Top". The 70 W (PMPO) amplifier section is a so called 4.6 PDS (Power Drive System) Bi-Amp configuration. This means there are separate power modules for L&R woofer and L&R tweeter driving a 6 speaker bass reflex system (2x8cm woofer, 2x8cm medium, 2 tweeter). The radio section has 30 presets while the CD section uses Panasonic's own 1bit MASH DAC converter and a classic tray loading system at the bottom of the unit. The twin autoreverse logic controlled cassettes are placed below the motorized top panel. They feature a so called "Auto Lift Up Eject" which means if the top panel is closed, pressing cassette eject will result in the top panel opening first before cassette eject. The cassette section also has a 9-track music search system, equalizer with 4 presets, several auto edit functions for CD to tape recording and the whole system comes with a full remote control unit. Dimensions: 680x192x284 mm | Weight: 7.9 kg | Operation: Mains or 10xR20(UM-1) batteries.
SONY ZS-7 (1991)
The SONY ZS-7 system from 1991 is part of a special series of boomboxes called Sonahawk. This is a fully equipped personal audio system with some interesting features. The front panel is shared by a well iluminated large multi operation display, and all the controls of the unit. The ZS-7 has a top panel situated twin autoreverse cassette recorder section with normal and high speed tape to tape and CD record synchro function. The CD player is a front tray loading model featuring 1Bit Digital to Analog conversion, various CD to tape edit functions and full CD time info on the large front panel display. The tuner has AM/FM Stereo receiver with 12/24 station preset but it also has TV channel audio receiver incorporated. Power rating of the amplifier section is 7.5W+7.5W (EAIJ) delivered to a so called CCCR (Common Cavity Common Resonance) 2-way speaker system consisting of a 8cm woofer and a 5cm mid-tweeter per channel. The sound control section of the ZS-7 has both a grafic equaliser with 5-presets (pop/rock/jazz/blues/vocal) and a DSP (Digital Soundfield Processor) with 5-presets (dome/hall/arena/live/simulated). All components can be remote controlled with the RMT-C7 infrared remote controller. The highlight of this system is the remote controlled stand, the SWV-1 "gyro stage". This electric powered stand allows 30 degrees rotation to the left and right but also a 20 degree up and down motion. Dimensions: 480x198x252 mm | Weight: 7.9 kg | Operation: Mains, battery.
Victor RC-X1 (1993)
The Victor RC-X1 introduced in Japan in 1993 is part of the so called CDioss range of portable units. It features twin full logic controlled autoreverse cassette on the top (one for playback, one for recording), a drawer style CD player at the bottom, internal "Dynamic Balanced Twin Woofer" and remote control. The amplifier section is specified at 20W (3.5W+3.5W+13W). The 13W amplifier drives the two internal 10cm bass drivers while the 3.5W amplifiers drive the two front 8cm full range speakers. The cassette section features Dolby B noise reduction and it has a frequency range of 50-15.000 Hz. The front is dominated by a large display with spectrum analizer with 4 EQ presets. Dimensions: 559x216x292 mm | Weight: 8.7 kg | Operation: Mains and battery.