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(Update: 4th of April 2020.) I think we should always try to see some good points when things go bad – although it is not always possible. This virus has put us in isolation in our homes, so I decided to spend my spare time in different ways, one of which is repairing old cassette […]

YAMAHA KX-690: The Last Princess

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AKAI DX-49: Basic but still… Akai

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AIWA AD-F410: Cheap but… good

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SONY TC-K81: The Silver Ghost

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SABA SIGMA CD450: When SABA made SAAB

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PIONEER CT-720: Cute little Pioneer

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NAKAMICHI CR3E: Ugly Duckling

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YAMAHA K1000: The Ninja

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AKAI GX-C570D: A Touch of AKAI

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SONY TC-K730ES: The ESPRIT Glory

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ONKYO TX-8050: Why not better?

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HITACHI D-5500(m): The King Kong

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SONY MDR-RF800R: 3rd Party NiMH Batteries

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(Serbian) SONY MDR-RF800R: Šušte, ali rade

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TECHNICS RS-RS-B58R: Smart Technics

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SONY TC-KB920S: Quality Standard – a joke?

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SONY TA-FB930R: ESPRIT baby

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CLASH of TITANS 3: KX-1100HX vs. KX-800

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YAMAHA KX-800: Full Hearted Sound

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KENWOOD KX-1100HX: Expectations Too High

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CLASH OF TITANS 2: CT95, Dragon, TCD3014A

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CLASH OF TITANS: From Pioneer to Technics

Few days ago I unpacked some decks from my collection. I wanted to check some of them, others to sell. I didn’t have more space to get some other devices, but here are five of them: 1. Pioneer CT95 2. Nakamichi BX300 3. Nakamichi CR4E 4. Tascam 122 Mk3 5. Technics RS-B905     So, […]

LUXMAN 5K50: Monstrously Gentle

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TANDBERG TCD-3014A: The Viking or the bulldog

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Triple I Phi-Deck: What A Transport!

Few days ago I visited Mr Branko Nojkovic at his home in Belgrade, and I had a unique opportunity to take a look at the tape transport I have never seen for around 35 years that I am dealing with this hobby. I was really, really surprised. During the phone call Mr. Branko told me […]

KENWOOD KX-4520: 9010 Young Brother

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PIONEER CT-S610: Cheap, but true Pioneer

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GRADIENTE D-II: Viva Brasil!

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TECHNICS RS-M88: Japanese Battleship

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ONKYO TA-2570 mod (part TWO)

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ONKYO TA-2570 mod (part ONE)

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PIONEER CT-A9: The Silver Ghost

When I was a kid, Pioneer was company that was somehow above other Japanese commercial brands, or it just looked like. Techics was great, Sharp… so, so… Sony was really good, JVC the same, but if somebody would say that he has Pioneer system… well, this was something special. Today, Pioneer is just a shadow […]

Sony HAP-Z1ES: The Way To Do It

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SONY TA-A1ES: ESPRIT Again

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MARANTZ M-CR510: The Plastic Made Shark

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AKG 915 & disturbances

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(Serbian) TASCAM 112: Land Rover dekova

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JVC TD-V66: So Uderestimated

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HARMAN/KARDON HK990: Monster Integrated

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DENON DRM-800:

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(Serbian) TECHNICS RS-M253X: Jedan od junaka RS-M serije

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(Serbian) SOLAJA AUDIO SEDRA TWO: Lek za dušu

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(Serbian) SANSUI SAP201 V: Maleni borac

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(Serbian) NAIM UNITIQUTE 2B: Sport Bili torbica

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(Serbian) YAMAHA A-S1000: Sputana aždaja

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(Serbian) DUAL C846: Kada je Dual bio Thomson

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SANSUI D-550M: The Big, Bold Deck

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(Serbian) TECHNICS RS-B905: Za svaku pohvalu

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(Serbian) DUAL C844: Dual-ova kruna

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(Serbian) ONKYO TA-2570: Skrivena tajna

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(Serbian) AIWA AD-F770: Mala “Klavirka”

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(Serbian) AIWA AD-F990: “Klavirka”

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GRUNDIG CT905: One of The Last Europeans

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (14): Zvučnici – preporuka

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AIWA XK-009 EXCELIA: Katana

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NAKAMICHI BX-300: The Little Dragon

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(Serbian) Aiwa AD-F850: Srpski šljaker

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(Serbian) NAD 6100: Ružni mlađi brat

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(Serbian) HITACHI D-E66: Vitez u srebrnom ruhu

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AKAI GX-R99: A Complex Fighter

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (13): Gramofon 2 – Sony PS-X40

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TECHNICS 007 series: Nice Metal Bond

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SONY TC-KA6ES: “The last of the breed” for Europe

Sony made some great decks in the past, but, at least at Serbia they were never as popular as, say Technics, Akai or Aiwa. I remember how I was amazed while looking at beautiful TC-K950ES in Sony catalogue. Later I had several TC-K970ES, 990ES and 909ES, as well as TC-KA6ES. The latter was made at […]

TEAC V800X: Unbelievable good

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Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (12): Gramofon 1 – Dual CS-630Q

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (11): Kaset dek 2 – Denon DR-M33

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (10): Kaset dek 1 – Onkyo TA-2360

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (9): Primarni izvor 2 – Blu Ray plejer

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (8): NAD C541 – modifikacija – faza 3

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (7): NAD C541 – modifikacija – faza 2

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(Serbian) Sirotinjski HiFi” (6): NAD C541 – popravka

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (5): NAD C541 – modifikacija – faza 1

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (4): Primarni izvor – CD plejer

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (3): Tjuner

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (2): Pojačalo

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(Serbian) Projekat “Sirotinjski HiFi” (1): Uvod

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SONY WM-DD9: Sound To Match The Ingenious Mechanism

Sony made so many various Walkmans like almost no other manufacturer did. But this is not the whole story: it also made some very interesting stuff and also used some hi tech technology while engineering them. We may talk about WM-10 and siblings like WM-20… Once being the smallest walkmans in the market. Or comparably […]

ONKYO TA-2760: A Honest Onkyo

I like Onkyo decks for their display: large, nice color, and very informative… maybe TOO informative after all. But it gives all the user needs… well not just everything as we will see later, but let’s stick to this right now. Onkyo TA-2760 was a top model, I suppose, I don’t have it in my […]

YAMAHA KX-1200: The Ice Queen

I was really amazed regarding efforts that Yamaha put during construction phase of it’s K2000 deck. It wasn’t the best in the world, nor was the best looking ever. Even the display could be better but overall this is a hell of the deck. Well, after K2000 which stays the most expensive Yamaha deck on […]

Pioneer CT-979: A Step Ahead CT-959

This one is continuing Pioneer 9xx series decks and is a younger relative to CT959. I won’t repeat some history facts about Pioneer and cassette deck line, so you can find it here. CT-979 is based on the same Reference Master Mechanism as many Pioneers did. The button section is well laid out with commands […]

Washing a Pioneer CT-979

I had two of them, but washed only one 🙂 So, Pioneer CT-979 looks like this from an outside: And this is how it looks from the inside. I don’t like to take any cassette deck from a smoker but this one was from such an environment. But the one I had to wash: the dirt […]

WAY Cables – Part Two: How Your Speakers REALLY Sound?

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WAY Cables interconnects: The Way Less Traveled

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HARMAN/KARDON TD4800: The Alchemist

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Roditeljska suza i radost

This post is available only in Serbian language. Pišu Zoran i Aleksandra Karapandžić Uvod Svi nekada u životu doživimo težak period. Pomislimo, tada, kako nema spasa i izlaza iz dubine mračnog užasa u koji smo upali. Ponekada je situacija toliko strašna i bezizlazna da se duboko zamislimo nad pitanjem “Ima li ovaj i ovakav život […]

LUXMAN K-12: Mission Impossible

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TEAC V-970X: Plastic Giant

Teac V-970X cassette deck is a twin brother of TEAC R-919X I already wrote about. They look so similar – like the same model, not two different. Everything is the same: display with few unused symbols made for auto reverse R-919X, the same auto calibration method, the same cheap, squeaky plastic, the same housing and […]

ONKYO TA-6711: As Good As It Looks

Onkyo made some well regarded products in the past and is making very decent HiFi even today. It always gives very good quality for the price and maybe it is the formula that made it survive for decades. During analog tape era, it made few excellent decks, the most popular being TA-2900 (or TA-2090 in […]

TECHNICS RS-B78R: Programmable Tape Device

This is a similar age model as RS-M245X and had a higher list price, around 1.100 DEM. The RS-M245X model has a very nice front plate design but the RS-B78R is at least equally nice. There are many well laid buttons and it also uses membrane type commands for most transport functions which stood the […]

TECHNICS RS-M245X: Expensive looks

Technics is a trade name of Matsushita Electric Co., one of the world’s leading electronics giants. The other trade marks of Matsushita is Panasonic, and they also own JVC  etc. You can also see National or National Panasonic mark on some old equipment from 70s. That means that Matsushita is very long in business and […]

SONY TC-S7: Design Or Quality

Sony Scenario was a design effort towards market for people without enough money or will to buy top ES models but wanted some ES quality and also get advanced industrial design devices in their home. Scenario line was made well but without technical advantages Sony put to it’s later Lissa line. And, unfortunately, Scenario was […]

SONY WM-D6C: The Little Dwarf

Long ago before I started to play with “real” cassette decks, I was a Walkman fan… I have had dozens and dozens of them and also like to get hands on some good Walkman even today. Of course, Sony WM-D6 was the pinnacle of these, along with DD9, some Aiwas, Panasonic, Sanyo and few others. […]

SANSUI D-570: A Real Sleeper

Japanese audio giant was very well known for it’s amplifiers. During 70s Sansui receivers were among the best, and are sought even today. Nevertheless, this Japanese company also made some very good turntables and damn good tuners. Unfortunatelz, Sansui could not stand competition during 80s and 90s, so it virtuallz disappeared from the market. Since […]

PHILIPS N5756: European Black Star

Few days ago I read in the newspaper that Philips decided not to sell it’s audio division to Japanese Funai. Decades ago, it would sound like a good joke. Funai was and is a respectable company, once even trying to put it’s own video format on the market. On the other side, I remember when […]

PIONEER CT-S740S: The Poor Man’s BX300

This one was from the 1996. according to the Pioneer catalogue. During this era, cassette decks declined in bussiness plans of all manufacturers. This meant that the small amount of them still in production were made using cost cut philosophy or were déjà vu models with some make up. Of course, I remember some good […]

KENWOOD KX-9050: Less Is More

This one is an older brother of KX9050S. It lacks Dolby S, but everything else is practically the same. Dolby S version, KX9050S is a good deck, maybe even very good, but I had the feeling it is missing something, that it should sound better than it actually does. So the idea was to get […]

YAMAHA KX-670: Black Meets Orange

Not so well known about cassette decks, but some other HiFi gear, Yamaha started KX-670 production in 1993., the era when cassette decks popularity was sharply declining. The cost cutting was popular in almost any department, so steel chassis became thinner, plastic was used all around etc. There was no trace of 70’s and great […]

Kenwood KX-9010: singing with op-amps

Sony WM-DD22: flat cable repair