5 legendary audio devices that are still priced

In the 1990s, Aiwa produced wonderful audio decks and good CD players, and Technics tried not to save on its top-class models. As a result, real hi-fi masterpieces were born. The products of Tandberg, TEAC, Nakamichi, Denon, Marantz, Dual, Arcam and NAD were almost the last, which until the end fought for real “hi-fi”, hopelessly losing invasion of compressed sound and new-fangled formats. It was in those years that the equipment appeared, which over the years has not fallen in price and still costs decent money.

CD player Marantz CD-63 Ken Ishiwata Signature

At one time, he became the subject of fierce debate. Fans of multi-bit digital-to-analog converters refused to acknowledge the fact that a single-bit can sound decent and be inexpensive. Discussions got even hotter after giving the player a number of prizes, including "Best CD Player of the Year." Of course, this assessment was too subjective, but the Marantz CD-63 Ken Ishiwata Signature was indeed one of the best devices in the budget category. In any case, competitors could not offer anything like that at that time. Unfortunately, subsequent versions of Ken Ishivat did not justify the overpriced, the sound of the equipment under the nameplate sometimes raised questions from professionals. However, the pioneer - Marantz CD-63 Ken Ishiwata Signature - this did not apply. It was a truly outstanding player and a very “honest” device, justifying every ruble invested in it.

Nakamichi dragon

Outstanding cassette decks were produced by Pioneer, TEAC, Sony and Tandberg, but Nakamichi Dragon was recognized as the “king of cassettes”. At one time it was a very expensive device, and now it costs a lot. The deck has five motors, a quartz stabilization system and, most importantly, automatic head azimuth adjustment, which allows listening to cassettes recorded on other tape recorders without loss of quality.

Listening to the Nakamichi Dragon is a truly complicated process, one can only wonder how much effort and skills the developers of this extraordinary apparatus needed to spend, showing engineering ingenuity and taking a number of extraordinary, but innovative steps. This made the deck "the king of tape recorders and the tape recorder of kings." However, with all the advantages of this hi-fi device, it had one significant minus: a significant part of audiophiles simply could not accept the fact that Dragon falls into the price category of hi-end equipment. “Dragon” could not play in the major league due to a number of insurmountable and irreparable flaws of the cassette, which, as a music medium, was always valued low. Nevertheless, it was the appearance of such devices as Dragon that allowed “squeezing” the maximum of its capabilities out of the cassette format.

B&W Nautilus

If the Japanese hi-fi school was ahead of the whole world in the development of cassette decks and proved to be very worthy in the class of amplifiers and CD players, then the acoustic systems were the best for the British. Of course, this statement can and should be argued with, but the acoustics of B&W Nautilus will certainly discourage the desire to do this. It is a masterpiece. Having been born, the device was struck not only with an unprecedented design and sound, but also shocked at the price - four-way speakers with separate amplification channels are more expensive than some apartments. “Nautilus”, which cannot even be called columns, will not leave anyone indifferent - this is a real work of art. This acoustics is still being produced in an era alien to it of compressed sound and "plastic" sounding gadgets.

Akai CD-79

When it comes to Akai products, the most commonly mentioned are either reel or cassette recorders. Indeed, in this direction, the Japanese have achieved very good results. A few years before the bankruptcy, they managed to release a CD-player CD-79. This player did not collect as many prizes as the Marantz CD-63 Ken Ishiwata Signature, but was very well received by music lovers. So good that over the years it has become the subject of true adoration. He was mainly fond of the very sensible use of the potential of the PCM63 digital-to-analog converters, which the Japanese made to sound, quite frankly, very unusual. In addition, the device was inexpensive, but had a very solid design.

It is worth recognizing that the potential of Akai CD-79 was not initially revealed to the end. And here lovers of audio tuning have already entered the business, with varying degrees of success, "pumping" this "sidyuk". Thanks to the initially good and competent design, it was most often “pumped” successfully. Nowadays, Akai CD-79 is not much lost in price and is still a very welcome acquisition.

Technics SL-1200

How many copies have been broken in disputes that vinyl records are doomed to extinction, but this, fortunately, did not happen. In 2016, Technics resumed production of the vinyl turntable SL-1200 of the 1972 model. This player really deserves the right to reincarnation: even in our digital present, it looks very worthy. And most importantly, as before, that he will not ruin a potential buyer.

Back in the 1980s, the Technics SL-1200 became a cult turntable with cool features, which was honored to enter the London Science Museum as the brightest representative of its class of equipment. The device was so well-designed that it almost never broke. Go into mass production, 44 years after the start of production - hardly another player can boast of this.


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