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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Technics SL-P1200B Compact Disc Player

This belongs to lovely chap in the beautiful country of Wales.

It's a commercial CD player, favored (briefly) by the beeb and independent local radio stations in the late 80's , early 90's. This one dates from 1988.

The -P version was specifically for broadcast use, and instead of the large slider on the right being for pitch control, it's a fader. The pitch control is the small knob on the top right.

Rumour has it the poor things gained a reputation for being a finicky, requiring the CD to be spotless, and was possibly responsible for more "dead-air" back then than anything else. Sad really, because the spec is fantastic, Burr-brown PCM54HP DAC's and Technic's successful "Class AA" bits and bobs.

All this needed was a bit of a service. The laser is fantastic and should give plenty of good service back in the motherland!


3 comments:

  1. Excellent as always Meister Doswell, thank you! However I'd argue that the Technics SP10 turntable was a much better product for domestic use.

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    1. ... but not if you want to play a CD ....

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  2. Whoops, I've done it again and my sincerest apologies, that comment was meant elswhere in your excellent repetoire ... another senior citizen moment. My braincare specialist will be working overtime!

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