MiniDisc Bookshelf Systems

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Aiwa XR-MJ1AM/FM/MDLP/CD/Cassette bookshelf system
Intro: 9/2003
Est: ¥33,000
Availability:
In: line. Out: headphones, subwooferMain unit: 160w x 299.7d x 235h mm, 5.3kg. Speaker (x1): 143 x 226 x 234mm, 2.3kg

Features:

  • ATRAC DSP Type-S.
  • 4X CD->MD dubbing. Simultaneous CD->MD->Cassette (realtime) dubbing. 1-track recording. Syncho-recording.
  • No mono recording.
  • Scale-Factor edit.
  • Recording-time remaining display.
  • Random, repeat, and 25 track program play modes.
  • Titling while recording possible.
  • "Direct play function" will start unit when PLAY button is pressed in power-off state.
  • Daily, weekly recording timer (radio/aux). Daily, weekly play timer. Sleep timer (10-100 minutes, 10 min step).
  • "i-Bass" information age-ready bass boost function.
  • IR remote.
  • Available in silver, white, black and wood finish.

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Specs: 20W x 2

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Aiwa ADN-1CD/NetMD bookshelf system
Intro: 3/2003
``OPEN''
Availability:
Out: line, headphones. Data: USBMain unit: 79.2 x 221 x 192mm, 1.3kg. Speaker(x1): 100.5 x 221 x 192mm, 1.2kg

Features:

  • NetMD bookshelf system with 32X download speed (LP4 mode)
  • 4X CD->MD copying (SP & LP modes)
  • CD and MD slot exposed by motorized front panel, activated by a "touch sensor" button
  • Unit appears to be nearly (if not exactly) a clone of the Sony LAM-Z10.

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Include Accessories: SonicStage 1.5 CD-ROM, USB cable, remote control

Specs: Amp: 2W+2W (JEITA)

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Aiwa XR-W88MDCD/double-MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 2/2003
Street: ¥50,000
Availability:
In: line, optical. USB. Out: line, subwoofer pre-out, headphones244 x 315.7 x 147mm (speaker: 142 x 222 x 244mm), 10.6Kg

Features:

  • MDLP support.
  • Double MD drives can be used for extended length recording and playback, as well as various editing functions.
  • 2X CD->MD copying.
  • One track and synchro record modes.
  • Remaining recording time display.
  • 2X high speed playback mode.
  • Scale Factor edit
  • Opening/Closing type control panel
  • Titling IR remote (can title while recording is underway)
  • Not NetMD, yet AVWatch mentions USB input, indicating support for realtime audio transfer from PC or possibly simply playback of PC audio through unit's amp and speakers.
  • Randon/Repeat/25 Track program play modes for CD/MD.
  • No indication that MD->MD copying is possible (how in their right minds can they leave that off a double drive system!?)

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Specs: Amp: 20W+20W

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XR-FD1 variant
Aiwa XR-FD3MD bookshelf system
Intro: 11/2001

Availability:
IN: auxiliary analog
OUT: headphones
main unit: 170W x 166H x 327D mm, 4.1kg
speaker: 155W x 250H x 218D mm, 2.4kg

Features: MDLP/Group function compatible. Tone control (bass/middle/treble), direct play function starts MD, CD, or radio operation at the touch of a button, 3-way timer (record, playback, sleep), CD-R/RW playback.

Links: Aiwa's official English page for the XR-FD3. Aiwa also sells the same main unit paird with a simpler pair of speakers, re-named the XR-FD1.

Specs: 25W+25W output. 100VAC. FM frequency range 76-108 MHz (TV channels 1-3).

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Aiwa LCX-MD250MD bookshelf system
Intro: 4/2001
¥39,000
Availability:
IN: auxiliary
OUT: headphones
system: 420W x 263H x 245D mm, 6.5kg

Features: CD/MD/Cassette/Tuner. 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed, simultaneous CD-to-MD and CD-to-Cassette recording, multi-jog dial, titles can be entered while recording, double-speed playback function, 12 different colors may be chosen for the LCD (each audio source may also have its own color selected), unit is available in white, pink, and black.

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Specs: 7W x 2 output. 10cm full-range speaker. 100VAC, World-band FM frequency range (76MHz - 108MHz).

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Aiwa XR-MD310MD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
¥50,000
Availability:
IN: aux analog, optical digital
OUT: line, headphones, woofer
376W x 175H x 284D (mm), 7.0kg

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. QSurround, three LCD display colors (purple, blue, orange), 2X CD-to-MD recording speed, wooden speaker construction, three-way timer (record, playback, sleep), jog dial for changing settings and MD titling,

Links: Aiwa's official English page for the XR-MD310.

Specs: 15W + 15W output, world-band radio (76-108MHz), 100VAC.

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Aiwa XR-MD520MD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
¥56,000
Availability:
IN: video/aux analog, optical digital
OUT: subwoofer, headphones
485W x 257H x 333D (mm), 11.7kg

Features: CD/MD/Cassette/Tuner. MDLP, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed, QSurround, jog dial for easy entering of MD track titles, simultaneous recording of CD to both MD and cassette, CD-RW playback support. Unique rotating control panel allows access to (1) basic operational panel, (2) "acrylic?" panel, and (3) edit panel.

Links: Aiwa's official English page for the XR-MD520.

Specs: 30W + 30W output, world-band radio (76-108MHz), 100VAC

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Aiwa XR-HG2MDMD mini system
Intro: 7/2000
¥44,800
Availability:
IN: Video/aux, digital in
OUT: headphones, optical digital
Main unit: 260 W x 329 H x 344 D (mm)/6.5kg
Speakers (each): 220 W x 324 H x 200 D (mm)/2.2kg

Features: 3 CD, 1 MD, dual cassette mini system. One-touch recording feature, 2X dubbing, random record feature that records CD tracks in a random order, can title MDs with the remote, simultaneous recording to MD and cassette,

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit.

Specs: 15W+15W amplifier, 100VAC, world-band FM radio (FM 76-108 MHz),

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Aiwa LCX-MD210CD/MD/cass bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥39,000
Availability:
aux in, headphones outfull unit: 420 W x 265 H x 248.5 D (mm)/6.7kg

Features: double-speed MD playback, worldband FM tuner and 3 settable colors of LCD illumination, available in blue, orange, or purple.

Links: Aiwa's English announcement for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: 14W output, 10cm speakers, will play CD-R/RW discs.

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Aiwa XR-MD90AM/FM/CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1

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Availability:
center: 5-5/8 x 8 x 7-3/4", 13.4lbs, speakers: 5-1/2 x 8 x 7-1/5", 5.5lbs

Features: Motorized operation drawer. Mono recording, optional double speed playback. 3 position equilizer (rock/pop/jazz), Super T-Bass (3 position). Subwoofer output.

Links: Aiwa's English summary page for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 16 Watts per channel.

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Aiwa XR-MDS7MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9
¥59,800
Availability:
optical in, AUX inmain unit: 100 W x 210.2 H x 271.5 D mm, speaker: 100 W x 210.2 H x 271.5 D mm

Features: Multi-jog input capability, double speed playback, 3 preset equalizer settings, bass boost.

Links: Aiwa's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: 30W + 30W.

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Aiwa XR-H770MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 9
¥58,000
Availability:
Video/aux & digital in, digital out, headphonesunit: 260 W x 373 H x 385 D (mm), 11.5 kg
speaker: 240 W x 396 H x 319 D (mm), 6.5kg

Features: 3-CD, 5-MD, 1 cassette bookshelf system. Multi-amplifier system (110W), QSurround sound feature, direct digital recording from CD to MD, can input titles while recording.

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: Sampling rate converter input: 32/44.1/48 (kHz), FM 76-108 MHz (TV channels 1-3), AM 531-1602 kHz, 40W + 40W, Built-in subwoofer, 4-way system (magnetically shielded, EIAJ II), 20cm subwoofer, 12 woofer, 6cm tweeter, 2cm super tweeter, 100VAC.

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Aiwa XR-MD110CD/MD micro system
Intro: 9
¥50,000
Availability:
aux in, digital in, line out, phones144 W x 170 H x280 D (mm)/3.9 kg

Features: CD player, MD player, radio. Virtual Stereo QSurround, pro-sound BBE, sampling rate converter for digital recording from BS/CS digital broadcasts and DAT, Music genre position switch (rock, pop, jazz), all standard MD-editing functions.

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit.

Specs: 15W+15W output (1 kHz, 6 ohms, 10%, EIAJ), FM 76-108 MHz (TV 1-3 ch), AM 531-1602 kHz, 100VAC, Two-way bass reflex (magnetically shielded, EIAJ II), 10cm woofer, 2.2cm tweeter.

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Aiwa XR-MD5003CD/3MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9
¥65,000
Availability:
in: Video/aux, digital in
out: super woofer, phones
180 x 290 x 340 mm for main unit

Features: 3-MD changer, 3-CD changer, single cassette deck, tuner. Single hit recording function, MD/cassette simultaneous REC key can record from CD to both MD and cassette at the same time, Weekly timer recording for three programs, Double-speed playback function, Flexible CD/MD playback: program, random (all/one CDs or MDs), repeat (all/one CD or MDs/one track)

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit.

Specs: 60W high-power amplifier (30W+30W), FM 76-108 Mhz, 13cm woofer, 6cm tweeter, power source 100VAC.

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Aiwa XR-MD100Bookshelf MD System
Intro: 9
¥58,000
Availability:
input: Video/aux, digital in
output: woofer, phones, CD digital out
175 W x 275 H x 333 D (mm)/6.0 kg

Features: Mini Disc (MD) deck, CD player, cassette deck, and tuner. 60W amplifier, BBE sound processing system, Direct recording (all programs/one program) from CD to MD, Simultaneous recording from CD to MD and cassette tape, Full MD/cassette editing functions, Monaural extended recording mode, Double-speed playback function, Multi jog dial, 30-track program playback/random playback.

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit.

Specs: Frequency range: FM 76-108 Mhz (TV 1-3 ch), AM 531-1602 kHz, 30W+30W (1 kHz, 6 ohms, 10%, EIAJ), MD deck F characteristics: 20 - 20,000 Hz +0.2, -1.5dB, Sampling rate converter input: 32/44.1/48 (kHz), Power consumption: 65W.

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Aiwa XR-H66MDCD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
MSRP $700
Availability:
IN: line?, optical. OUT: line?, optical (from CD only)DIM

Features: 5 MD and 3 CD changer.

Links: Aiwa's Japanese page for the unit. Aiwa's English summary page for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 60 watts per channel.

Mis-features: A user has detailed the unit's shortcomings.

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Aiwa XR-H33MDAM/FM/MD/CD bookshelf system
Intro: 1

Availability:
IN: optical digital, OUT: optical digitalCenter: 11 x 13 x 10", 14lbs, speakers: 9 x 13 x 10", 8lbs

Features: AM/FM/3CD/1MD/dual well auto reverse cassette in one unit. 32 station presets.

Links: Aiwa's English page for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 30watts per channel. ATRAC chip: CXD 2652 AR

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Aiwa XR-H3MDMD Bookshelf System
Intro: 1
Street: ¥41,200
Availability:
in: line. out: optical, speakers (front+surround+super woofer)main unit: 260x340x346.5mm 6.8Kg, speaker: 235x335x250mm, 3.6Kg

Features: First MD bookshelf system available in North America. MD/3-CD changer/2-Cassette ``basic'' bookshelf system. High speed (2x) MD playback mode. Mono recording. 3CD changer is convenient for editing to MD. ``Music genre position.'' Jog dial. Auto vocal fader/mic mixing function. ``AI/program edit''. Diary and sleep timer functions. Double cassette deck (playback 1 way + playback 1 way). Bass boost. Amp: 60 watts

Problems: A user notes problems playing certain discs in the unit.

Links: Aiwa's Japanese page for this unit. Best Buy's page for this unit. Tom Kroh contributes comments on the Aiwa XR-H3MD system. Scans of French adverts for the Aiwa H3 and H6 systems.

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Aiwa XR-H550MD3MD/3CD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥70,000
Availability:
out: optical digital
in: video/aux analog
260 W x 324 H x 387 D (mm)/10.1 kg

Features: Alarm /sleep timer, Flexible editing/recording among CDs, MDs, or cassettes, Single hit recording function automatically records one track from a selected CD (up to 3), onto an MD, Direct REC key for easy recording, Three CDs to three MDs, 2X quick playback for efficient listening, built-in subwoofer speaker system, Easy character input with jog dial on the main unit and remote control, Monaural extended recording mode,.

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit.

Specs: High-powered 110W amplifier, FM 76-108 Mhz (TV 1-3 ch), AM 531-1602 kHz, 50 - 15,000 Hz (normal), Speakers (Low freq.: 6 ohms, high freq.: 6 ohms), surround speakers (8-16 ohms), phones, CD digital out.

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Aiwa XR-MD510CD/MD/cass mini-component system
Intro: 2
¥49,800
Availability:
video/aux in, digital in, headphones outsystem: 485 W x 257 H x 333 D (mm)/11.7 kg

Features: Unique rotating control panel, virtual stereo QSURROUND, two different speaker grill colors, full MD recording and editing capability, 2X MD playback speed, variety of automatic track marking features, compatible with CD-R/RW discs.

Links: Aiwa's English page for this unit. The T-Station also has further information on this unit.

Specs: 60WE amplifier, world-band FM radio.

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Denon D-XW33
Denon D-XS11
2MD/3CD bookshelf system
Intro: 6/2002
JPY 85,000
Availability:
IN: line (x2), OUT: headphones, pre-out (sub-woofer), line, speaker170 x 249 x 380mm 8.8Kg, speaker: 140 x 249 x 247mm, 2.9Kg (each)

Features: MDLP bookshelf system with 3 CD changer, 2 MD drives (one is read/write, the other read-only) and tuner. Many copying functions: 2X CD->MD, "PICK REC" (select tracks to copy while listening), MD->MD. Tuner and other inputs can be listened to while CD or MD copy is in progress. Timer recording

Variants: D-XS11 unit has a single MD drive

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Specs: FM band: 76-108MHz, AM: 522-1629kHz. Amp: 20W+20W (6 ohm, EIAJ), Speakers: 6 ohms.

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Denon D-A03Bookshelf AM/FM/MD/CD player
Intro: 4/2002
Street: US$420
Availability:
IN: aux, OUT: headphones, subwoofer

Features: MDLP capable. World-band FM tuner. 2X CD->MD dubbing. Motorized CD door. 6 equalizer settings.

Variants: Denon US model D-A03 does not incorporate MD component. See e.g. the Crutchfield page for the US model.

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Denon D-M05MD bookshelf system
Intro: 3/2001

Availability:
IN: auxiliary (analog)150W x 160H x 235D mm, 1.3kg

Features: CD/MD, MDLP compatible. Motorized CD door, 2X CD-to-MD recording speed, simulated surround sound, bass boost, timer function.

Links: Denon's Japanese press release announcing the D-M05.

Specs: 20W x 2 speaker output. 1.5cm tweeter, 10cm woofer. World-band FM frequency range (76MHz - 108MHz). AC100V.

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Denon D-M5MD bookshelf system
Intro: 6/1999
US$540
Availability:
IN: 3 (type??)
OUT: optical, analog, headphones, subwoofer
210W x 146H x 381D mm

Features: Connectable to the Denon DMD-M10 for MD capability. 3 disc auto CD changer, RDS Radio Data System, AM/FM stereo tuner, Super Dynamic Bass, 4 mode Preset EQ, Clock timer, Mission MS-5 two way bookshelf speakers with high compliance woofer, tuned port enclosure, soft dome tweeter.

Links: Denon's rather sparse page for this unit. Denon's Japanese website has further information (in English) plus a downloadable PDF file outlining the features of this unit.

Specs: 30W+30W output (at 6 ohms). 8 times oversampling digital filter.

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Denon D-M3MD bookshelf system
Intro: 6/1999
US$449
Availability:
IN: 3 (type??)
OUT: optical, analog, headphone, subwoofer

Features: Connectable to the Denon DMD-M10 for MD capability. "Super Dynamic Bass" enhancer, 4-mode preset EQ (Rock/Pops/Classical/Flat), 40-station preset memory, RDS (radio data system) function, auto preset memory, everyday/once/sleeper/timer 24-hour clock, programmable and random play, two-way bass-reflex system.

Links: D-M3 etown.com has a review of this unit. AudioReview.com also has several user reviews. Epinions.com has several user reviews of this unit.

Specs: 20 watts per channel (into 6 ohms), driver complement: 4-inchfabric cone mid/bass driver; 1-inch fabric dome tweeter, 8x oversampling digital filter.

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Hitachi AX-F100MD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
open price
Availability:
IN:
OUT: headphones
CD unit: 210 x 120 x 325mm, 4.4kg
MD unit: 210 x 96.5 x 320mm, 2.6kg
speaker: 150 x 275 x 227mm, 2.9kg

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. Hitachi's first MD unit release. Full MD editing features, program/random/repeat playback modes, four-mode preset equalizer.

Links: A Hitachi Japanese press release covers the AX-F100.

Specs: 30W+30W speaker output.

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JVC CA-MD70
Intro: 6

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User Manual: CA-MD70

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JVC CA-MXS5RMD
Intro: 6

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User Manual: CA-MXS5RMD

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NX-MD1000
JVC NX-MD1
JVC NX-MD1000
CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 12/2001
NX-MD1: ?
NX-MD1000: 98,000
Availability:
IN: optical digital,
OUT:
main unit: 150H x 237D x 274W mm, 4.9kg
speaker: 125H x 315D x 125W mm, 520g

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. 4X CD->MD recording speed (only 2X if using MDLP modes). Supports MD Group function. "DD Speaker" system (supposedly) increases the ideal listening position for the user. Vibrations are suppressed to the unit via a vibration dampening pad and the design of the ribbed frame structure of the housing. Extra bass provided by the accompanying subwoofer. Easy connection to a PC via front-mounted USB interface (Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000 compatible). 5-stage treble and bass adjusts, also digital record level adjust. Child-lock feature, digital record level control.

Links: JVC's official Japanese page for the NX-MD1000. JVC also has a simpler version of this system with a more basic set of speakers, the NX-MD1.

Specs: 20W + 20W amplifier, AC100V. 10.5cm woofer, 2cm tweeter. 17cm subwoofer. World band FM section.

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JVC MX-S6MDRJVC MX-S6MDR
Intro: 5/2001
Street AU$1000
Availability:
IN: line (RCA phono), line (1/8" phone), optical digital
OUT: line, 1/8" headphone
215Wx170Hx349D mm

Features: 3CD/1MD. MDLP support. Double-speed CD-to-MD recording, LCD display with 8 preset and 2 user-settable colours out of 24 for backlight, Selectable positive/negative LCD, Display dimmer and contrast control, Multi-function joystick, Active Bass Extension (on/off), Live Surround, S.E.A. electronic equalisations, RDS tuner, 32-track programme/random/repeat play (CD/MD), 5-mode MD edit, MD title reserve function, 1st track rec/CD synchro recording, Sampling rate converter, Remote control with MD title input.

Specs: 25W+25W maximum output. 2-way, 2-speaker, bass-reflex design: 13.5cm cone woofer and 5cm cone tweeter.

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User Manual: MX-S6MDR

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JVC UX-A70MDMicro-compo MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 7/2000
MSRP ¥64,000
£260 (£240 street)
Availability:
IN: line
OUT: line, headphone
Main unit: 161 x 217 x 330 mm, 5Kg
Speaker (1): 130 x 215 x 231.5 mm, 2Kg

Features: First MDLP compact bookshelf system. Incorporates CD/MD/Cassette/AM/FM. Simultaneous CD recording to MD and tape possible. High speed (2x) CD->MD dubbing with SCMS and HCMS copy prohibition. AM/FM Tuner With RDS EON, Remote Control, Analog Recording Sync, Variable Colour Illuminated Motorised Sliding Fascia.

Variants: JVC-UXA70MDR available in UK apparently does not include cassette deck.

Links: JVC's Japanese page for the unit.

Specs: World-band [76.0 MHz-108.0 MHz] FM tuner. Audio input sensitivity/impedance (@1khz) 400mv/48k-ohm, Audio output level/impedance (@1khz) 260mv/5.8 k-ohm, Seaker terminals 4-16 ohm, Amp: EIAJ: 30W, UK: 44 watts @ 4 ohm (max), 40 watts @ 4 ohm (10% thd)

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User Manual: UX-A70MD

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JVC MX-S55MDLP Bookshelf system
Intro: 7/2000
MSRP ¥68,000
Availability:
IN: line (x2), optical
OUT: line, headphone
Main unit: 215W x 170H x 349D mm, 6.2Kg
Speaker (1):165x275x201mm, 2.5Kg

Features: First MDLP bookshelf system. 3 CD changer with independent trays. High speed CD->MD copying. Selectable display colors.

Links: JVC's Japanese page for the unit.

Specs: World band FM tuner. Amp: 50 W (into 6 ohms, EIAJ).

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JVC EX-MD90LBookshelf MD system
Intro: 1
MSRP $1100
Availability:
IN: line, optical x 2. OUT: optical, sub-woofer (line level), speakers

Features: CD rec-start button. MD section: 1 bit DAC and ADC. Titling possible during recording or playback. Sampling rate converter. CD section: 3 CD player (with independent drawers). 1 bit DAC. Both CD and MD: Program (up to 32 tracks), smart random, and repeat play modes. 15 track program chart. Full function keyboard remote for titling. Programmable timer (Daily/Record/Sleep). JVC Compu-link system for inter-component communications and control.

Links: JVC's EX-MD90 page.

Specs: Amp: 20 watts per channel.

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JVC MX-MD70CD/MD Bookshelf System
Intro: 9
MSRP $660
Availability:
in: Aux
out: headphone
DIM

Features: 3 CD Changer, 1 MD Recorder. Active Bass Extension, 5 preset and 1 manual equalization, 3 mode SUPER Live Surround, COMPU LINK COMPU PLAY, Optical digital MD Title Reserve function input, Digital synthesizer tuner, 30 station memory (15 AM, 15 FM), 3 way speaker system.

Links: JVC's page for this unit.

Specs: Power output: 50 watts per channel, 1-bit D/A converter.

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User Manual: MX-MD70

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JVC FS-MD9000Compact CD/MD/AM/FM bookshelf system
Intro: 1
MSRP $770
Availability:
IN: line, optical. OUT: line, subwoofer (line level)

Features: 1 bit ADC and DAC. 20 step Program/random/repeat play modes. 15 track program chart. CD synchro start recording. Sampling rate converter. Motor-driven volume control. 15 AM and 15 FM station memory with Auto Preset. Clock/Timer with 20-minute back-up and "Snooze" function.

Links: JVC's FD-MD9000 page. AudioFile does a review of the UX-MD9000R (nearly identical to the FD-MD9000).

Notes: One user praises the bass response of the UX-MD9000R:

I just tested JVC UX-MD9000R, for a neighbor... Its a incredible tiny bookshelf unit, with diminutive (even smaller) speakers... I had to admit that I was in first hand testing Sony 333 one more time, but I want to give very good advice, so I also listen carefully on all others (six units from JVC, Sharp and Sony) including Sony's slim line "boombox" who have almost NO bass, at all... I couldn't believe my eyes, when the miniature JVC had the deepest and clearest bass (!!) of them all and they didn't sound any "boxy" either - even if you cant play loud, with this black masterpiece... You can actually only play with very modest volume, if you want the full register - but then it play the DEEP church organ, on my test MD clear and better than anyone else, so the single element pump about a centimeter... A single element, also means great definition and to my second surprise, clear airy treble! But the machine cost $700 here, so something is bad and the remote is plain ugly... Other vice, I love the look, with the shiny black speakers - - even if the ergonomics stinks, with no volume knob and all controls on the top. Check it out, if you never need to play loud!! - Blomberg (vd) Mystre KB

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User Manual: FS-MD9000

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JVC MX-S7WMDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥85,000
Availability:
CONNECTunit: 215 x 217 x 335 mm, 7.8 kg
speaker: 170 x 290 x 212 mm, 2.9 kg

Features: 2 MD, 3 CD changer. 2X CD to MD dubbing speed. Auxiliary synchronized recording,

Links: JVC's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: 40W + 40W.

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JVC MX-WMD90CD/MD Bookshelf System
Intro: 1
MSRP $1000
Availability:
In: linex2 (aux, tape), optical
Out: line ("tape"), speakers, headphone
main unit: 245w x 345h x 368d mm, 9.8kg. speakers (each): 210w x 345h x 266d mm, 3.8kg

Features:

  • Non-MDLP
  • MD->MD dubbing (analog, realtime)
  • 3 CD Changer
  • 3+1 MD Changer, allows continuous stereo recording (of radio programs, etc) on up to 3 MDs (240m)
  • Active Bass Extension
  • 5 preset and 1 manual equalization
  • 3 mode SUPER Live Surround
  • COMPU LINK COMPU PLAY
  • Optical digital MD Title Reserve function input
  • Digital synthesizer tuner
  • 30 station memory (15 AM, 15 FM)
  • 3 way speaker system.
  • Timer modes: daily/record/sleep.
  • Flourescent display
  • Full function remote.
  • World band FM Tuner: 87.5 - 108.0MHz

Links: JVC's page for this unit.

Specs: Power output: 50 watts per channel, 1-bit D/A converter.

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User Manual: MX-WMD90

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JVC CA-MD9
Intro: 2

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User Manual: CA-MD9

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JVC CA-WMD90
Intro: 2

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User Manual: CA-WMD90

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JVC CA-MXS6
Intro: 2

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User Manual: CA-MXS6

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Kenwood HM-782MDMD micro system
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: auxiliary
OUT: auxiliary, subwoofer pre-out

Availability:

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. MDLP compatibility unknown, 2X CD-to-MD recording speed, CD-TEXT support, 40-station radio presets, auto-power-save function, programmable timers, bass/treble control, backlit main display with dimmer, stainless steel finish, FM/AM with RDS.

Links: Kenwood's official English page for the HM-782MD. Kenwood UK's Flash-intensive page for the HM-782MD (follow: Products->Home entertainment->Micro Systems).

Specs: 20W x 2 output, 2cm tweeters with 10cm woofers.

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Kenwood HM-382MDMD micro system
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: auxiliary
OUT: ??

Availability:

Features: CD/MD/Cassette/Tuner. MDLP compatibility unknown, 2X CD-to-MD recording speed, CD-TEXT support, 40-station radio presets, auto-power-save function, programmable timers, bass/treble control, backlit main display with dimmer, FM/AM with RDS.

Links: Kenwood's official English page for the HM-382MD. Kenwood UK's Flash-intensive page for the HM-382MD (follow: Products->Home entertainment->Micro Systems).

Specs: 20W x 2 output, 2cm tweeters with 10cm woofers.

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User Manual: HM-382MD

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Kenwood HM-381MDMD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
$400
Availability:
IN: Aux
OUT: subwoofer

Features: CD/MD/Cassette/Tuner. One-touch CD-to-MD recording, Bass Boost, self-hiding revolving faceplate, one-touch timer, sleep timer, auto power save.

Links: Kenwood USA's official page for the HM-381MD.

Specs: 10Wx2, 2" tweeter, 4" woofer.

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User Manual: HM-381MD

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IT-2001 variant
Kenwood BR-2001
Kenwood IT-2001
MD mini system
Intro: 10/2000

Availability:
IN: aux analog, optical digital
OUT: aux analog
unit: 220(W) x 188(H) x 350(D) mm, 6.3kg
speaker: 142(W) x 228(H) x 253(D) mm, 2.4kg

Features: CD/MD/tuner. MDLP, 2X CD-to-MD recording speed, speaker fronts manufactured out of maple for improved sound quality, tone control, timer function, CD Text display, program play, One-Touch edit record,

Links: Kenwood's official Japanese page for the BR-2001. The T-Station has information on both the Kenwood BR-2001 and the IT-2001.

Specs: 30W output, 1.9cm tweeter, 10cm woofer, 76-90MHz FM frequency range, AC100V.

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Kenwood SH-7CDRCD/MD mini system
Intro: 10/2000
¥99,800
Availability:
IN: none(?)
OUT: headphones(?), aux
speaker: 97 x 282 x 292 mm, 2.2kg; main unit: 243 x 284 x 310 mm, 6.3kg

Features: First mini system with CD, CD-RW, and MD drives in the same unit. MDLP capable, CD TEXT display, station broadcase name display support, timer, MD mono recording mode.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese press release for the SH-7CDR. Kenwood's official Japanese page for the SH-7CDR.

Specs: 20Wx2 power output. FM frequency range 76-90MHz. Low power consumption standby of .25W.

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Kenwood SH-5MDCD/MD mini system
Intro: 10/2000
¥60,000
Availability:
IN: none(?)
OUT: headphones(?), aux
speaker: 133 x 277 x 224 mm, 2.9kg; main unit: 243 x 284 x 310 mm, 5.5kg

Features: CD and MD drives, AM/FM radio. MDLP capable, One Touch Edit 2X recording feature, CD TEXT display,

Links: Kenwood's Japanese page for the SH-5MD.

Specs: 20Wx2 power output. FM frequency range 76-90MHz. Low power consumption standby of .25W.

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Kenwood SH-3MDCD/MD/Cass mini system
Intro: 1/2000
¥40,000
Availability:
IN: Aux (x1)
OUT:
main body: 180 x 239 x 305mm
speaker: 139 x 234 x 216mm

Features: An upgrade of their SG-3MD mini-system; includes 2X CD->MD dubbing (single track dubbing is still 1X however, and HCMS [high-speed copy management system] prevents a second high speed copy of the same CD within a 74 minute period), CD-TEXT support, One-Touch edit functions, brightness adjustment for LCD display, available in gray, white, blue, or orange.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese press release for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: 20W+20W 10cm main speaker, 2.5cm tweeter.

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Kenwood XT-5MDBookshelf MD system
Intro: 1
MSRP ¥140,000
Availability:
DIM

Features: One 3CD changer and two 3MD changers allow 3MD to 3MD dubbing, 3CD to 3MD dubbing, plus unusual "twin dubbing" copying one CD to two MDs simultaneously. In MD to MD dubbing, titles are copied as well. Seamless recording from tuner to 6MDs for 7h20m stereo or 14h40m mono. 4 color GUI based editing display. Kanji titling possible with optional CT-H90 Cybertitler.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese info for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 70W+70W (EIAJ 6 Ohms), CD: 1 bit D/A, S/N > 96dB. World tuner: FM: 76-108MHz, AM: 531-1629kHz

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Kenwood XT-7MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 9

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Features: Allora series.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese page for this unit.

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Kenwood VH-7MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 9

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Features: Avino series.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

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Kenwood XD-980MD
Intro: 9

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User Manual: XD-980MD

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Kenwood XD-9581MD
Intro: 9

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User Manual: XD-9581MD

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Kenwood XD-981MDBookshelf 3CD/MD/Cass/FM system
Intro: 9
US$600-700
Availability:
IN: Optical, AUX
OUT: Speakers, Headphone, Subwoofer (preamp)
Main: 8" Width x 13" Height x 11" Depth.
Speakers: 8.75" Width x 13" Height x 11.25" Depth.

Features: MD Player/Recorder (ATRAC 4.0, 1-bit Digital/Analog Converter, Editing functions (add, move, erase, divide, combine, etc.), Disc/track titling, 32-track programmable play). 3 CD Changer (Drawerload, 2-disc play exchange, 32-track programmable play, Random/repeat play (individual and all discs), 1-bit Digital/Analog Converter, Digital Filter with 8-times oversampling). Cassette Deck (Direct Program Search (DPSS), Dolby B noise reduction, Auto-reverse, 2 heads (playback/record, erase), Digital counter). Tuner (Auto preset programming, Automatic and manual tuning, Quartz Phase Locked Loop (PLL) syntheszied digital tuning, 40 presets). Amplifier (150 watts total output (75w + 75w), 2 channels). Speakers (3-way, magnetically shielded, ported, 6" woofer, 2" tweeter, 1" supertweeter, Removable grille). Other features: Sampling Rate Converter, 3-band equalizer (high, middle, low), 4 presets (3 pre-programmed, 1 manual), Extra Bass boost, Natural Bass, AUX input level control, One touch MD/cassette synchronized recording, Surround sound (3D), Spectrum analyzer display, Clock, timer, Smart Menu control, Multifunction jog dials (volume control, MD disc/track titling, etc.), Remote control.

Links: Kenwood page for the unit.

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User Manual: XD-981MD

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Kenwood SG-7MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥108,000
Availability:

Features: 1 CD, 1 MD, 1 cassette. Avino series.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: 24 bit Fine D.R.I.V.E CD decoder and 20 Rec D.R.I.V.E MD recorder. 20W x 20W output.

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Kenwood HM-383MD
Intro: 1

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User Manual: HM-383MD

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Kenwood XD-9580MD
Intro: 1

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User Manual: XD-9580MD

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Kenwood SG-3MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 1

Availability:
input: aux.
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Features: "Avino" series. MD, CD, cassette, radio. Unique rotatable illuminated display can be hidden if desired, One-Touch-Edit, can record to MD and cassette simultaneously, timer function, tone quality adjustment (EX.BASS/LOUD/TONE CONTROL), CD-TEXT capable, available in four different colors.

Links: Kenwood's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: Two high pitched sound quality in-line speakers (2.5cm and 10cm).

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Kenwood XM-7MDDual MD Bookshelf system
Intro: 1
MSRP ¥199,800
Availability:
in: opticalx2, ?MD: 270x124x332mm, 3.1kg

Features: Includes 2 MD drives and 6 CD changer. ATRAC 4.0, 20 bit D/A and A/D. On touch MD to MD copying, in analog, with titles copied simultaneously. One CD can be copied to two MDs simultaneously. Can record from CD to one MD drive while simultaneously recording from tuner or aux input to the other MD drive. Relay recording can record one whole MD then continue recording on the MD in the other drive. Kanji titling and display. Kenwood's D.R.I.V.E. circuitry. Japanese domestic tuner (76MHz to 90MHz). Optional cyber titler keyboard, plugs into unit and also prints labels. Sampling rate converter. New "quick move" and "quick erase" editing functions allow you to select an entire set of tracks to be moved to a new spot, or erased. ``New Preview'' function (?).

Links: Summary information in English, Kenwood's Japanese announcement of the unit.

Specs: ATRAC 4.0, 20 bit D/A and A/D. S/N > 92dB, D/A: 1 bit/128fs

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Nakamichi MD-5MD Recorder in bookshelf system
Intro: 7/2001
?
Availability:
?200w x 72.5h x 270dmm, 2.2Kg

Features: Optional MD component for Nakamichi CMS-5 mini-compo system. One touch CD to MD transfer (when coupled to CMS-5 system).

Specs: 5Hz-20kHz +/-0.5dB, THD < 0.03%

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Onkyo X-N3X
Onkyo L-N3X
CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 6/2002
MSRP: HK$ 2,780
Availability:
In: linex2. Out: line, optical, headphones, subwoofer, speakers. "Processor I/O" (control?): UXW-3.1155w x 190h x 361d mm, 4.6kg

Features:

  • MDLP capable
  • 2X CD->MD dubbing
  • Auto max digital recording level setting via peak search function.
  • 7-band equalizer
  • Digital recording level control
  • Titling remote
  • 30 tuner presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speakers

Links:

Specs: Amp: 18W+18W into 4 ohms (EIAJ), World band FM section, 12cm woofer, 2.5cm soft dome tweeter

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Onkyo X-AX7CD/MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 5/2002
MSRP: ¥83,000
Availability:
In: linex3, optical. Out: linex2, optical, subwoofer, headphones, speakers. "Processor:" (use with UXW-3.1)155w x 220h x 363dmm, 4.9kg

Features:

  • MDLP support
  • 2X CD->MD dubbing
  • Auto max digital recording level setting via peak search function.
  • Two dubbing modes: "Fade" automatically fades out recording when it runs off end of recording media (MD, optional cassette), "Album" automatically deletes partial track recordings.
  • Builtin synchro-start recording function plus optional Onkyo UE-205 USB adapter allows easy (albeit realtime) downloading from PC
  • 7-band equalizer
  • Digital recording level control
  • Titling remote
  • 30 tuner presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speakers
  • Continuous CD/MD/CD/.. repeating playback function
  • Timer recording, wakeup, sleep function
  • Provisions for handling 5.1ch sound

Links:

Specs: World-band FM section, Amp: 25W+25W into 4 ohms (EIAJ), 2-way bass reflex speakers, 2.5cm soft-dome tweeter, 12cm woofer, 7khz crossover.

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Onkyo FR-SX7
Onkyo L-X7
CD/MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 10/2001
``OPEN''
Availability:
In: linex3, optical. Out: linex2, optical, subwoofer, headphones, speakers205w x 154h x 354dmm, 5.3kg

Features:

  • MDLP support
  • 2X CD->MD dubbing
  • Auto max digital recording level setting via peak search function.
  • Two dubbing modes: "Fade" automatically fades out recording when it runs off end of recording media (MD, optional cassette), "Album" automatically deletes partial track recordings.
  • Builtin synchro-start recording function plus optional Onkyo UE-205 USB adapter allows easy (albeit realtime) downloading from PC.
  • 7-band equalizer
  • Digital recording level control
  • Titling remote
  • 30 tuner presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speakers
  • Continuous CD/MD/CD/.. repeating playback function
  • Timer recording, wakeup, sleep function.

Links:

Specs: World-band FM section, Amp: 20W+20W into 4 ohms (JEITA), 2-way bass reflex speakers, 2.5cm soft-dome tweeter, 12cm woofer, 7khz crossover.

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Onkyo FR-SX9CD/MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 10/2001
MSRP: ¥75,000
Availability:
In: linex3, optical. Out: linex2, optical, subwoofer, headphones, speakers, "Processor"205w x 154h x 354dmm, 5.7kg

Features:

  • MDLP support
  • 2X CD->MD dubbing
  • Auto max digital recording level setting via peak search function.
  • Two dubbing modes: "Fade" automatically fades out recording when it runs off end of recording media (MD, optional cassette), "Album" automatically deletes partial track recordings.
  • Builtin synchro-start recording function plus optional Onkyo UE-205 USB adapter allows easy (albeit realtime) downloading from PC
  • 7-band equalizer
  • Digital recording level control
  • Titling remote
  • 30 tuner presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speakers
  • Continuous CD/MD/CD/.. repeating playback function
  • Timer recording, wakeup, sleep function
  • Provisions for handling 5.1ch sound

Links:

Specs: World-band FM section, Amp: 26W+26W into 4 ohms (JEITA), 2-way bass reflex speakers, 2.5cm soft-dome tweeter, 12cm woofer, 7khz crossover.

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Onkyo FR-V5CD/MD Receiver
Intro: 9
£599
Availability:
optical/digital input, 2 line-level inputsWHD: 205 x 154 x 356mm, 5.4kg

Features: Built-in sampling rate converter, new "Dub-It" feature, Signal-synchro recording, Edit functions (combine/divide/move/erase), 5 Repeat modes, 25-Track programming, High-speed single-bit D/A converter, 30 FM presets, 5-Mode timer, Headphone miniplug

Links: Onkyo China's webpage for this unit.

Specs: 25 W/ch, at 4 ohms, S/N ratio: 73dB (FM mono), 12cm bio-hybrid cone woofer, 2.5cm soft-dome tweeter, Max. input power:70W, Frequency response: 55Hz-35kHz

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Panasonic SC-PM670CD/MDLP/SD/D-Snap bookshelf system
Intro: 4/2008
Est: ¥42,800
Availability:
In: line (3.5mm plug). Out: speakers, headphonesMain unit: 175w x 240h x 337d mm, 9kg

Features:

  • Supports MDLP (but not Hi-MD).
  • Bluetooth capability.
  • Connector for Panasonic D-Snap MP3 players (an Ipod adapter can also be used).
  • Available in silver or black.
  • Sadly, Japanese band tuner only and 100v powered.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 15W+15W

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Panasonic SC-SV1Bookshelf AM/FM/CD/NetMD system
Intro: 10/2002
Street: US$720
Availability:
?main unit:114w x 297h x 128d mm, 1.2Kg
subwoofer: 100w x 301h x 204d mm
speaker: 144w x 297h x 128d mm

Features: AM/FM/CD/NetMD bookshelf system. 4X CD->MD dubbing. Group function. Includes "BeatJam" software for NetMD downloading and track management. Couples with Panasonic "MD Network" components for label printing and [analog] audio copying. Includes speakers and subwoofer.

Nomenclature: SC-SV1 refers to the entire system, SA-SV1 is the main unit.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 5W+5W, Subwoofer out: 16W, FM band: 70-90MHz, AM: 522-1629KHz (9kHz step)

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User Manual: J

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Panasonic SC-PM37MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 11/2001

Availability:
IN: analog
OUT: -
main unit: 165.4W x 225.3H x 315D mm, 4.8kg
speaker: 133W x 225.3H x 237D mm, 2.4kg

Features: MD/CD/Cassette/Radio. MDLP/Group function compatible, capable of up to 4X speed recording from CD to MD (not possible in all modes of recording). MD/Tape synchronous recording capability.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for the SC-PM37MD. The T-Station has further information on the SC-PM37MD.

Specs: 18W+18W output, 76-90Mhz FM frequency range. 10cm, 8cm speaker woofer sizes. AC100V.

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User Manuals: SC-PM37MD, J

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Panasonic SC-PM35MDMD mini system
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: ?
OUT: ?

Availability:

Features: CD/MD/Cassette/Tuner. MDLP compatibility unknown. 2X CD-to-MD recording speed, super-woofer speaker system with advanced bi-amp configuration, RDS tuner, four preset equalizer settings, feather touch auto-reverse cassette, Panasonic MD Network compatible. Available in red, blue, green, purple, and silver.

Links: Panasonic's official Japanese page for the SC-PM35MD. Panasonic UK's official page for the SC-PM35MD.

Specs: 18W x 2 output, RMS.

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Panasonic SC-PM65MDMD mini system
Intro: 5/2001
¥62,000
Availability:
IN: analog
OUT: analog
DIM

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. MDLP compatibility unknown. MD title keyboard remote control with LCD, Panasonic MD Network compatible, low power consumption standby mode.

Links: A Panasonic Japanese press release covers the SC-PM65MD. Panasonic UK's official page for the SC-PM65MD.

Specs: 20W x 2 output.

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User Manual: J

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Panasonic SC-PM60MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 2/2001
open price
Availability:
IN: analog, optical
OUT: analog
main unit: 215(W) x 170(H) x 352(D) mm, 6.2kg
speaker: 122(W) x 170(H) x 227(D) mm, 1.6kg

Features: 3CD/1MD/Tuner. MDLP compatible. 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed, program/random/repeat modes, bass boost, timer record function, auto power-off function,

Links: Panasonic's official Japanese page for the SC-PM60MD. Panasonic's Japanese press release announcing the SC-PM60MD.

Specs: 25W x 2 output, single full-range woofer. AC100V, world-band FM frequency range (76MHz - 108MHz).

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Panasonic SC-PM30MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 10/2000
¥62,000
Availability:
IN: optical
OUT: headphones
195 x 288 x 292 mm, 5.6kg unit / 170 x 287 x 242 mm, 3.0kg speaker

Features: MD/CD/Cassette/Radio. Not MDLP capable, can record to MD and cassette at the same time, "MD Network" support, remote has character layout similar to portable telephones, allowing full remote titling of MD tracks.

Links: Panasonic's UK page for this unit. Panasonic's Japanese page for the SC-PM30MD. Panasonic's Polish page for the SC-PM30MD.

Specs: 20W per channel output.

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User Manual: J

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Panasonic SC-PM50MDmini-bookshelf system
Intro: 9
¥68,000
Availability:
input: aux x 3
output: optical, aux
183 x 316 x 23.7 mm (main unit)

Features: CD, MD mini bookshelf system. Supports CD-TEXT and title transfer to MD. Bass boost, MD Network connection (for Panasonic MD portable units).

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for this unit. The T-station has English coverage for this unit.

Specs: 40 watts maximum output, uses 24-bit HDES (High Density Encoding System) ATRAC version.

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Panasonic SC-HD615MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 9
¥99,800
Availability:

Features: 5-CD, 5-MD 4 piece mini-system with slim speakers and "MD Network" for connection to portable.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

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Panasonic SC-PM70MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥73,000
Availability:

Features: 5CD+5MD mini-system, CD-TEXT to MD title dubbing and "MD Network" for connection to portable.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: System uses 24 bit H.D.E.S [High Density Encoding System] ATRAC version. 30W max output.

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User Manual: J

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Panasonic SC-NS77MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥63,000
Availability:

Features: 5-CD, 1-MD, 1 Cassette. "MD Network" connection to portable MD.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

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Panasonic SC-HD55MDBookshelf MD system
Intro: 1
MSRP ¥105,000
Availability:
28.2x6.4x28.2cm, 7.6kg

Features: Can change Alphabetic CD-Text information to Katakana for titling the MD. Blue panel illumination.

Links: Panasonic's Japanese page for the unit.

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Pioneer IS-21MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 7/2000
US$450
Availability:
IN: optical, analog
OUT: headphones
210 X 366.5 X 265 mm (S-IS21), 150 X 300 X 233 mm (IS-21MD)

Features: 4-step bass/treble control,

Links: Pioneer Europe's English page for this unit. Globe-Mart.com has this unit available for purchase.

Specs: 100W per channel output, 17cm woofer, 6.6cm midrange, 2cm tweeter.

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Pioneer NS-7MDMD Bookshelf system
Intro: 1

Availability:

Availability:

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Features: CD Synchro recording. 24-track programming. Random play/2 mode remote. Sampling rate converter.

Links: Pioneer Europe's page for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 110 watts.

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Pioneer X-RMX9MDBookshelf DJ system
Intro: 7
MSRP ¥185,000
Availability:
in: line, opticalx2, out: line210x75x269.5, 2kg

Features: MD features: Cut-in/A-B Combine/UNDO/Auto Fade-In/A.S.E.S. (Auto Synchro Editing System), Long Time Recording.
(The following taken from the Pioneer page)

  1. Two Individual CD players. The individual CD players provide a pitch and speed playback within a range of +/- 10 percent compared to regular CD playback.
  2. Separate Digital Remix Control Mixer. The separate Digital Remix Control Mixer will allow full control of music mixing with the two individual CD players. Each feature is as follows.
    1. Cross Fader. The Cross Fader will allow one to go back and forth between the two CD players to allow smooth cut-ins and music connections.
    2. Tempo Control. A DJ-standard long-stroke slide controls pitch and speed within a range of +/- 10 percent.
    3. Auto BPM Counter. The Beat-Per-Minute Counter measures the BPM of vertically all kinds of dance music, enabling you to check the tempo at a glance.
    4. Master Tempo. The Master Tempo control locks in the music's pitch even when the tempo is changed. One can speed up or slow the beat with no change in vocal and instrument tone.
    5. Easy Cue Point Correction. Correction of the cue point is fast and accurate. A turn of the large quick-response Jog Dial allows one to make a frame-to-frame (1/75 sec.) search of the CD for the exact cue point you want.
    6. Loop Function. Any phrase of the CD can be sampled and seamlessly looped as many times as desired.
    7. Sound Affect Control. Seven types of sound effects (see No.3 ) and can be controlled on command.
  3. Remix Effecter(Sound Effect & DJ Equalizer). The Remix Effecter will allow, digitally reproduced sound effections to decorate one's music and also allowing simple corrections, emphasis or even elimination of different sound characteristics. Each sound effect and features are as follows.
    1. Sound Effects
      • Delay - a single repeat can be overlaid over the track
      • Echo - repeating overlaying beats can be overlaid over the track
      • Auto Pan - the left-right balance can be changed.
      • Flanger - synthesizer tones can be produced.
      • Pitch Shifter - +/- 40 percent of sound alternation can be produced
      • Old Record - sound reproduction can be made at an "Old Record" tone
      • Sampler - equipped with a maximum of 2.8 sec. sampling memory
    2. Auto-Beat Effect. The seven types of Sound Effects will be automatically linked to the tempo and rhythm.
    3. 3-Band Equalizer. The tone can be adjusted to your optimum level to set your favorite beat in low,mid,or high range ( from +6db to -18db ).
    4. Other Features
      1. Headphone Output. Monitoring each CD player and it's overlaid sound will be allowed by headphone.
      2. Fader Start Play. By shifting the Cross Fader towards the CD player set to be used next, the CD player will automatically override the Pause control and start the music to allow a smooth music connection.

Links: Pioneer product announcement in English

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Pioneer X-HMDMD/CD Micro-Mini System
Intro: 1

Availability:
out: headphone
in: aux analog
145 x 137 x 235 mm per cube

Features: Pioneer's "Happy Tune" MD ("HMD") System. CD/MD "Source-In-Play" (CD/MD software will be automatically playback when inserted), CD/FM/AM/AUX/MD Mix-Playback, 3-Mode Timer (wake-up/Record/Sleep), Synchro Recording, Variety of Editing Functions (move/erase/all erase/divide/combine), Track Title Input (Japanese Katakana figures/alphabets/numbers/symbols), 32 Step Programmed Playback, Random & Repeat Playback.

Links: Pioneer's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: Energy saving power consumption of 3W at standby, Full Range 10cm Cone type speakers, Amplifier Max. Power Output: 5W + 5W, FM Tuner Frequency Response: 76.0MHz - 108.0MHz, Power Requirements: AC100V (50/60Hz), MD Recorder Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20KHz.

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Samsung MAX-934MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 1

Availability:
in: mic
out: digital, headphone
set: 270 x 317 x 352mm, speaker: 220 x 317 x 270mm

Features: 3 CD player, 1 MD player/recorder, dual cassette deck. 3 Mode Preset Equalizer, Super Bass Sound, Timer/Clock/Sleep, 3 Way 3 Speaker System.

Links: Samsung's English page for this unit. The Korean Minidisc Page has snapshots of this unit.

Specs: 40W/ch.

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Sharp SD-CX9CD/MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 7/2003
Est: ¥45,000
Availability:
In: line, optical. Out: speakers, headphonesMain unit: 110w x 272h x 262d mm, 4.5kg

Features:

  • One bit digital amp (5.6MHz sampling, double Sharp's previous machine's rate).
  • 4X CD->MD dubbing.
  • 10 key cell-phone like title entry.
  • Unit may be operated horizontally or vertically.
  • Digital recording level control (-4dB~+8dB in 2dB steps).
  • World band FM tuing.
  • Timer functions: daily-timer, once-timer, sleep-timer.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 20W+20W, Delta-sigma ADC

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Sharp MD-E9000CD/MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 6
Street €388
Availability:
In: line. Out: headphones, speakers

Features:

  • MDLP support
  • 2x CD->MD dubbing
  • CD-synchro function
  • Extended edit function (?)
  • Play modes: program/repeat shuffle
  • Timer: clock/timer/sleep
  • Remote control
  • 5-mode pre-programmed equalizer

Links:

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Sharp MD-MX20
Sharp MD-MX30
MD bookshelf system
Intro: 2/2001

Availability:
IN: aux
OUT: headphones
main unit: 215 x 344 x 162 mm, 4.4kg
speaker: 160 x 233.5 x 280 mm, 2kg

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. 40-station FM preset memory, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed, surround sound emulation mode.

Links: Sharp's official English page for the MD-MX20 and page for the MD-MX30 (also see technical specs).

Specs: 10W x 2 for the MD-MX30, 6W x 2 for the MD-MX20. Units have different variations for different areas of the world: MD-MX20 for North America/Mexico, MD-MX20H for Europe, MD-MX20W for Asia/Oceania/Middle East/Africa.

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User Manuals: MD-MX20, quick guide, MD-MX30, quick guide

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Sharp SD-FX1MD/CD/AM/FM mini system
Intro: 11/2000
MSRP: ¥55,000
Availability:
IN: aux (RCA)
OUT: headphone
442(W) X 284(H) X 182(D) mm, 6.1kg

Features: MD/CD/AM/FM, MDLP, 2X CD->MD dubbing, 4-mode multicolor display, 1-bit amplifier samples signals at 2.8 million times per second (64 times that of CD sampling).

Links:

Specs: 10W (5W+5W) output, 8 cm woofer, 4 cm tweeter, world-band FM radio (76-108MHz), 100VAC.

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User Manual: SD-FX1

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Sharp SD-NX10MD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
MSRP: ¥110,000, US$1800
Availability:
IN: analog, optical
OUT: analog, headphones
unit: 160(W) X 210(H) X 136(D ) mm, 3.5kg
speaker: 187(W) X 423(H) X 200(D) mm, 3.7kg

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. MDLP, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed (SP mode only), amplifier and transformer sections are housed separately, 4-mode multicolor display, 1-bit amplifier samples signals at 2.8 million times per second (64 times that of CD sampling), timer/clock, X-BASS boost.

Links:

Specs: 50W (25W+25W) output, 3cm tweeters and 10cm woofers, 6 ohms, world-band FM radio (76-108MHz), 100VAC.

Reviews:

User Manual: SD-NX10

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Sharp SD-CX1MD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
MSRP: ¥70,000
Availability:
IN: line
OUT: speaker, headphones
main unit: 330(W) X 208(H) X 187(D) mm, 5kg
speaker: 170(W) X 300(H) X 186(D) mm, 2kg

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. MDLP compatible, 2.8 MHz (64fs) ultra high speed sampling, large fluorescent display with 4-mode, 7-color illumination, energy-saving mode, motorized CD slot mechanism, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed (SP mode only), 20-station radio presets, X-BASS boost, clock/timer/sleep functions. Available in green and blue.

Variants: SD-CX1H unit released 5/2001 in UK includes RDS (Radio Data System) with EON function.

Links:

Specs: 40W (20W+20W) output, 12 cm woofer, 2 cm tweeter, 6 ohms, world-band FM radio (76-108MHz), 100VAC.

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User Manual: SD-CX1

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Sharp MD-X7Double MD bookshelf system
Intro: 11/1998
MSRP ¥95,000
Availability:
IN: line, optical. OUT: line, headphone, speaker250 x 340 x 317mm, 9kg

Features: 3CD/2MD/Cassette/AM/FM (world band) Bookshelf system. One MD drive is play only, the other rec/play. MDs audio can be copied (analog link) from one disc to another, track names are copied siimultaneously. "All disc play" mode will play all 5 discs (2 MDs and 3 CDs). Synchro start recording (digital and analog). Timer recording and sleep/wakeup playback.

Links: Sharp's Japanese announcement and page for the unit.

Specs: Amp: 50+50w (EIAJ).

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User Manual: MD-X7

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Sharp MD-X5Bookshelf CD/MD/AM/FM system
Intro: 7/1997
MSRP ¥65,000
Availability:
IN: optical, coax, line, phono (mm), mic. OUT: line, headphones, speakers150x241x307mm 4.2kg

Features: Jog Control for MD/CD Track Access and Titling. Sound synchro recording. Sampling rate converter. World band FM tuner (with RDS EON). SRS 3-D surround sound. Remote. Amp: 12.5W+12.5W (EIAJ) MD to MD [analog] dubbing from Sharp portables (SS70 or ST60, etc.), allows audio and titles to be copied at the same time (requires special MD-to-MD cable, for SS70/ST70: AD-M4AC, for SS301/302: AD-M5AC). Standard PC keyboard plug-in connection, for easy Mindisc titling using a PS/2-type computer keyboard (see page 28 of the manual). Can record music available on the Internet using an optional PCMCIA digital sound card available from Sharp (Part# AD-AJ2).

Notes: Contrary to Sharp's Japanese Product announcement, the unit (or US version at least) does not provide microphone input or "Mic Mixing" that lets users combine microphone audio input with a CD and record it onto an MD.

Links: Sharp's English page for the unit. Sharp Japan press release in English. Michael Goolsby's MD Page has a review of the Sharp MD-X5 bookshelf system.

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User Manual: MD-X5

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Sharp MD-X8PCAudio System w/PC interface
Intro: 7/1997
MSRP ¥112,000
Availability:
OUT: Speakers (6 ohm), Headphone x 1 (16 to 50 ohm, 32 ohm recommended), line x 1 (RCA). IN: line x 2 (3.5mm stereo mini-jack and RCA), MD- > MD EDIT jack, mic (stereo mini-jack), digital in: optical x 1, coaxial x 1240wx290hx317d mm (9.4"x11.4"x12.5"), 8.2kg (18lbs)

Features: Unit comes equipped with PCMCIA interface allowing audio (in .wav file or midi format) to be downloaded from a PC running the Japanese version of Windows 95. PC application displays ``MD control panel'' providing titling and control functions (editing, recording, playback of MDs). 3CD changer with independent trays allows 2 discs to be changed while one is on play. MD to MD [analog] dubbing from SS70 or ST60, etc., allows audio and titles to be copied at the same time. Standard PC keyboard plug-in connection, for easy Mindisc titling using a PS/2-type computer keyboard. Mic mixer lets users combine mic audio input with CD and record to MD. FM Wide-band tuner (76.0 to 108.0 MHz). Sampling rate converter. Stereo/Mono recording. Large 21 X 5 character LCD with function that switches the display to a large font (in this mode it shows the current song playing, rather than the current song and the two next up). ``Joy Commander'' remote control unit. SRS 3D Surround sound. MD-X8 (non PC) version available that does not include PCMCIA card.

PCMCIA Card: The PCMCIA card functions as a wave table synthesis card. The sound data is output as 16 bit samples at 44.1khz via a special (PS2 type) connector which plugs into the MDX8H/MDX5H MD units. If the input is a MIDI file the wave table synthesis converts it to 16 bit 44.1khz sampled audio data. If the data is in a recognised audio format ie. 16 bit 44.1khz then it is passed straight through. The data is in the same format is as if you were making a digital copy (optical or RF) from another CD or MD player. The card also provides a 2 way serial data communication for editing the UTOC data and controlling the basic function of the MD unit. The card provides a one-way interface only for audio data, from PC to MD.

Mis-features: The display is big and bright, and can't really be dimmed effectively. Worse yet, a degree of the light in the display and on the power button still shines after the unit has been turned off. -A.A. Milne (poohbear@theriver.com)

Specs: MD: Freq. Resp. 20-20kHz +1/-3dB, Wow and flutter: +/- .001%, Amp: 50W+50W. Speakers: Bass reflex, 15cm (6 inch) with 2.5cm dome tweeter.

Links: Sharp's comprehensive page for this unit. Another Sharp English page for this unit. The Cerberus Internet Audio Player is being bundled with the Sharp MD-X8H Network Audio Hi-Fi System. Liquid Audio was showcasing a prototype system for the Sharp MD-X8 at Winter CES. A Malaysian review of the Sharp MD-X8 and mention of the unit in Popular Science. More general info, its price, spec and picture. Dave Bell posts a review of the Sharp MD-X8 bookshelf system.

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User Manual: MD-X8PC

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Sharp MD-XL10MD mini-compo system
Intro: 6/1996

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Features: World's first MD->MD edit equipped unit.

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Sharp MD-X1CD/MD mini-compo system
Intro: 9/1995

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Sharp MD-M1MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9

Availability:
in: line
out: speakers, headphone
main: 160 x 240 x 300mm, 4.4 kg
speaker: 260 x 240 x 300mm, 1.8kg each

Features: Top load CD, Slot load MD. One-touch digital recording from CD to MD. 3-mode preprogrammed graphic equalizer. FM/AM synthesizer tuner with 40-station preset memory. 2-way speakers. Remote control.

Links: Sharp Japan's English page for this unit.

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User Manual: MD-M1

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Sharp MD-M3MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9
US$400
Availability:
in: digital, analog
out: analog
unit: 6 5/16"(W) x 9.5"(H) x 11 13/16(D)
speaker: 6 5/16"(W) x 9.5"(H) x 7 7/8"(D)

Features: CD to MD High Speed Dubbing (2x), MD player/recorder with full editing functions, Multi Function Fluorescent Display, AM/FM digital tuner with 40 station preset memory, CD to MD One Touch Synchro Dubbing System, X-Bass and 3-mode preset equalizer, 2-way Speaker System with removable grills, Full function remote control.

Links: Minidisco has information on this unit. Planet MiniDisc also has information on this unit. Ian McFarlane posts a review of the Sharp MD-M3, a CD/MD bookshelf system with 2X dubbing capability.

Specs: 16 watts per channel, Frequency Range: FM: 87.5 - 108 mHz, AM: 530-1720 kHz, 16 W min RMS per channel, 4 ohms from 80Hz to 20kHz with no more than 10% THD, AC 120V.

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User Manual: MD-M3

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Intro: 1

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User Manual: MD-X60

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Sharp MD-X10CD/MD mini-compo system
Intro: 1
¥56,000
Availability:
main unit: 215mm (W) x 162mm (H) x 342mm (D), speaker: 160mm (W) x 280mm (H) x 233.5mm (D)

Features: 2X CD to MD recording, Sound Enhancer, world band tuner.

Links: Sharp's Japanese press release for this unit. The T-Station has further information on this unit.

Specs: 12cm speakers, 50W.

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Sharp MD-M2
Intro: 1

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User Manual: MD-M2

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Sharp MD-C2MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
£280
Availability:
in: line
out: speakers, headphone
Main: 270 x 352 x 376mm, 8.6 kg
speaker: 220 x 350 x 260mm, 3.2kg each

Features: 3-MD, 3-CD, 1-cassette. Slot load CD, Slot load MD. One-touch digital recording from CD to MD. FM/AM synthesizer tuner with 40-station preset memory. Full-logic cassette. 5-mode preprogrammed graphic equalizer. 3-way speakers. Jog dial. Remote control.

Links: Sharp Japan's English page for this unit. Art Simon writes a review of the Sharp MD-C2.

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User Manual: MD-C2

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Sharp MD-MX10
Intro: 2

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User Manual: MD-MX10

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Sharp MD-X3
Intro: 2

Availability:

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User Manual: MD-X3

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Sony LAM-Z03NetMD/CD bookshelf system
Intro: 9/2003
Est: ¥40,000
Availability:
Out: headphones, Data: USBOverall: 284 x 210 x 197mm, 2.8kg. Main unit: 86 x 210 x 197mm, 1.1kg

Features:

  • NetMD.
  • 4X CD->MD dubbing.
  • ATRAC DSP Type-S.
  • LCD displays roman, kanji and kana titles.
  • Stylish and small.
  • Available in silver, white and black.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 2W+2W. Speakers: 8cm full range and 2.5cm tweeter, passive 8cm radiator on back

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"Type-S "ATRAC Chip
Sony CMT-M333NT
Sony CMT-M373NT
Bookshelf NetMD system
Intro: 3/2003
Street: ¥27,000 ~ ¥37,800
Availability:
In: Line, optical. Out: headphones. Data: USB.

Features:

  • NetMD/CD/AM/FM/Cassette bookshelf system.
  • ATRAC Type-S.
  • NetMD downloads at up to 32X.
  • Group mode support.
  • 6-second time machine.
  • Scale Factor Edit.
  • Play modes: shuffle, continue, program (25 track)
  • Repeat modes: 1-track, all.
  • Digital rec-level control
  • Mono-recording mode.
  • Keyboard titling possible with optional RM-D10P/D20P IR remote.
  • Titling from included remote via cell phone alpha input method.
  • Recording sources: CD->MD (digital, 4X speed in SP and LP modes), CD->Cassette, MD<->Cassette (syncho recording possible).
  • Simultaneous CD->MD, CD->Cassette recording.
  • PCLK-MN20 connectable.
  • Timer modes: day timer (daily on/off time), recording timer (unattended recording of several programs, as well as in mono mode), sleep timer (settable in 10 minute steps from 10-90 minutes)
  • In the fine print, the Sony page makes an effort to explain that although ATRAC audio can be downloaded at high speed from a PC (via NetMD), the device cannot be connected to the DAN-Z1, their ATRAC based hard disk equipped bookshelf system.
  • Available in 3 colors.

Included Accessories: Remote (RM-SM100W), USB cable, CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver 1.5)

Links:

  • Sony Japan 2003 Bookshelf systems page (shows the unit in various domestic settings).
  • Sony Japan page for the unit

Specs: Amp: 25W+25W, Speakers: 2-way bass reflex, woofer: 100mm cone, tweeter: 25mm cone

Reviews:

User Manual: CMT-M333NT

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Sony LAM-10
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NetMD/CD bookshelf system
Intro: 9/2002
``OPEN''
Availability:
OUT: Headphone, Line, Speaker. DATA: USB86 x 207 x 198mm, 1.1Kg, Speaker (x1): 99 x 175 x 166mm, 800g (each)

Features: Compact, vertical design. 4X CD->MD copying in SP and LP modes. Max 32X NetMD downloading (LP4 mode audio)

Variants: LAM-10 is sans speakers, LAM-Z10 comes with speakers.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 2W+2W (JEITA)

Included Accessories: SonicStage Ver. 1.5 CD-ROM, USB cable, IR remote, Speakers (LAM-Z10 only)

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Sony LAM-Z1MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9/2001
open price
Availability:
IN: USB
OUT: analog line out, headphones
main body: 138 x 118 x 165.5 mm, 1.5kg
speaker: 95 x 175 x 16 0 mm, 1.5kg

Features: NetMD capable unit, supporting OpenMG/Magicgate standards. MDLP and Group function support, up to 4X CD->MD recording. Display is capable of displaying Chinese characters, Includes OpenMG Jukebox Ver2.2 for audio encoding.

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Specs: 7.5W+7.5W output.

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Sony CMT-C7NTNetMD/CD bookshelf system
Intro: 9/2001
open price
Availability:
IN: RCA analog, optical digital, USB
OUT: RCA analog, headphones
main body: 145 x 125 x 273 mm, 4.5kg
speaker: 149 x 248 x 220 mm, 1.9kg

Features: NetMD capable unit, supporting OpenMG/Magicgate standards. MDLP and Group function support, up to 2X CD->MD recording. Includes OpenMG Jukebox Ver2.2 for audio encoding. Certain functions may be operated remotely via the USB interface on a computer (such as the tuner).

Links:

Specs: 20W+20W output. FM frequency range of 76-90MHz. Speaker woofers: 9cm cone type, 2cm tweeter.

Reviews:

User Manual: CMT-C7NT

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Sony CMT-C5MDLP bookshelf system
Intro: 6/2001
``OPEN''
Availability:
In: line. Out: line, headphones145w x 125h x 273dmm, 8.3kg

Features:

  • Non-NetMD little brother to CMT-C7NT
  • 2X CD->MD dubbing (SP and LP modes)
  • PC Link via PCLK-MN10A/MN20 (realtime transfer)
  • Scale Factor edit
  • 5 preset equalizer
  • Titling remote
  • Differences from CMT-C7NT:
    • Non-NetMD
    • Group mode and Kanji titling support only through separately available PC connection kit (?)
    • AC power consumption 60W (vs. 65W on CMT-C7NT), though both units have 20W amplifiers.

Links:

Specs: Amp: 20W+20W

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Sony CHC-CL5MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: USB, optical digital
OUT: headphones
main unit: 215W x 285H x 421D mm
speaker: 410W x 285H x 260D mm, 16.2kg to tal weight

Features: 3CD/1MD/1Cassette. MDLP support (2X / 4X record capable). MiniDisc "High Power" Micro System. Full MD Editing (Erase, Divide, Combine, Move, Name & Undo), CD to MD Synchro High Speed Dubbing (2X), Single Slide Open Top Loading Auto Reverse Cassette Deck with Full Logic Operation, FM / AM Tuner with 30 Presets, Bass and Treble Control, Sleep and Wake-Up Timer, CD Syncro Recording, CD Text / Disc Memo, Optional PC-Link available (PCLKM10/A), Remote Control.

Links: Sony Hungaria's (!) official page for the CHC-CL5MD.

Specs: 50W+50W maximum output. 2-way bass reflex speaker w/ 17cm woofer, 5cm tweeter.

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User Manual: CHC-CL5MD

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Sony CMT-CP500MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: USB, optical digital
OUT: headphones
main unit: 190W x 252H x 335D mm
speaker: 300W x 252H x 252D mm, 12.8kg total weight

Features: 1CD/1MD/1Cassette. MDLP support. Prism Mechanism CD Loading, Rotary Function Selector, Full MD Editing Function (Erase, Divide, Combine, Move, Name & Undo), CD to MD Synchro High Speed Dubbing (2X), Scale Factor Edit, Dynamic Sound Generator (DSG), Bass & Treble Function, CD-R / CD-RW Play Back Capability, DVD / SACD / Text s Disc Memo Capabilities, 30 Preset FM / AM Tuner, Sleep and Wake-Up Timer, Silver Finish Body, Optional PC-Link available (PCLKMN10/A), 2-Way Bass Reflex Speaker, In-Built CD jacket stand, Remote Control: RMSCP500.

Specs: 35W+35W maximum output.

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User Manual: manuals/sony/sony_cmtcp500md_operation_manual.pdf

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Sony CMT-SP55MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 5/2001

Availability:
IN: line, optical digital
OUT: headphones
main unit: 215W x 285H x 421D mm
speaker: 410W x 285H x 260D mm, 16.2kg total weight

Features: 3CD/1MD/1Cassette. No MDLP support (contrary to what we previously stated). MiniDisc "High Power" Micro System. Full MD Editing (Erase, Divide, Combine, Move, Name & Undo), CD to MD Synchro High Speed Dubbing (2X), Single Slide Open Top Loading Auto Reverse Cassette Deck with Full Logic Operation, FM / AM Tuner with 30 Presets, Bass and Treble Control, Sleep and Wake-Up Timer, CD Syncro Recording, CD Text / Disc Memo.

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Specs: 50W+50W maximum output. 2 Way Bass Reflex Speaker with 17cm Quick Edge Hop Woofer and 5cm Hop Tweeter.

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Sony CMT-J300MD mini system
Intro: 4/2001
open price
Availability:
IN: ?
OUT: ?
main unit: 190 x 253 x 345mm, 7kg
speaker: 150 x 253 x 260mm, 3kg

Features: CD/MD/Cassette/Tuner. Sony "Pepz" series. MDLP compatible, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed, Scale Factor Edit, PC Link compatible (PCLK-MN10A). Included differently-styled metal panels attach over the speaker front fabric. Unit has HCMS implementation (the same tune cannot be high-speed recorded again within 74 minutes of original high-speed recording).

Links: Sony's Japanese press release covering the CMT-J300.

Specs: 35W x 2. 2.5cm tweeter, 12cm woofer. FM frequency range of 76MHz - 90MHz.

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Sony CMT-PX333MD bookshelf system
Intro: 3/2001
¥55,000
Availability:
IN:
OUT:
main unit: 190 x 141 x 325 mm, 5kg
speaker: 165 x 265 x 195 mm, 3kg

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. MDLP compatible, 4X CD-to-MD record speed, connectable to a computer via PC Link Kit (PCLK-MN10A), Scale Factor Edit allows digital manipulation of track volume. Single reverse cassette deck TC-TX21 integrates into system.

Links: Sony's official Japanese page for the CMT-PX333. Sony's Japanese press release announcing the CMT-PX333.

Specs: 25W x 2 output, 76MHz - 90MHz FM frequency range.

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Sony DHC-MD595MD mini system
Intro: 11/2000
US$600
Availability:
IN: aux analog, optical digital
OUT: aux analog, headphones
unit: 216x152x320mm
speaker: 168x276x241mm

Features: CD/MD/Tuner. MDLP, 4X CD-to-MD dubbing speed, PC Link function, CD-Text support, Scale Factor Edit function, Dynamic Sound Generator, 20 FM/10 AM presets.

Links: Sony USA's official page for the DHC-MD595. Sony Hong Kong's official English page for the DHC-MD595.

Specs: 23W x 2 output, 1" tweeter, 5" woofer.

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User Manual: DHC-MD595

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Sony DHC-NX5MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 10/2000

Availability:
IN: ?
OUT: ?

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Features: MD/5CD/Tuner/Cassette. DVD capability (?), MDLP mode, CD Text, preset 15-mode equalizer, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed.

Links: Sony Hong Kong's official page for the DHC-NX5MD.

Specs: Power amp: 110W RMS x 2.

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Sony DHC-VZ50MDMD bookshelf system
Intro: 10/2000
¥88,000
Availability:
IN: Video/Aux, microphone (x2)
OUT: headphones
750 x 375 x 395 mm, 23kg

Features: 5CD, 1MD, Cassette. MDLP capable, 2X CD-to-MD dubbing speed. World-band radio (76-108MHz), CD player also able of playing VCDs, uses Picture Effect to improve picture quality of any VCD. Scale Factor Edit feature allows digital adjustment of track volume, as well as applying fade in/out effects. Microphone inputs for karaoke.

Links: Sony's official Japanese page for the DHC-VZ50MD. Sony Hong Kong's official page for the DHC-VZ50MD. The MiniDisc T Station has further information on the DHC-ZX50MD.

Specs: 150Wx2, 3000W PMPO. World-band FM radio (76-108MHz). AC120/220/230-240V.

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Sony DHC-ZX50MDCD/MD/Cass bookshelf system
Intro: 10/2000
US$600
Availability:
IN: TOSlink optical, Aux,
OUT: Aux, Headphones
component 9-7/8"W x 14-3/4"H x 15-1/2"D, speaker 9-7/8"W x 14-3/4"H x 11-1/4"D

Features: MDLP capable. 5 CD, 1 MD, dual cassette, FM radio. 2X CD-to-MD dubbing record, Multi-synchro recording: MD-to-Tape, Tape-to-MD, CD-to-MD+Tape, Multi-function GUI control, Dual auto reverse dubbing deck with full logic controls.

Links: Sony's official US page for the DHC-ZX50MD. Crutchfield is selling the DHC-ZX50MD for $500 USD.

Specs: 80Wx2 output (160W total system power), 3-way front speakers with 7" QuickEdge HOP woofers.

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Sony CMT-PX3bookshelf MD system
Intro: 9/2000
¥68,000
Availability:
IN: ??
OUT: headphones
326mm x 535mm x 260mm, 10.8kg

Features: 1 CD, 1 MD, radio. MDLP capable, supports CD-TEXT, 4x CD-to-MD recording, optional single reverse cassette deck TC-TX33 (,000). USB connection allows a PC to control the system's functions.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. Sony's English machine-translated press release for this unit.

Specs: 25W+25W.

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Sony CMT-PX7bookshelf MD system
Intro: 9/2000
¥124,000
Availability:
IN: ??
OUT: headphones
710D x 290H x 325W mm, 18.5kg

Features: 3 CD, 3 MD, radio. MDLP capable, supports CD-TEXT, extra large LCD display, 4x CD-to-MD recording. USB connection allows a PC to control the system's functions.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit. Sony's English machine-translated press release for this unit.

Specs: 50W+50W.

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Sony CMT-PX5MDLP Bookshelf system
Intro: 9/2000
MSRP ¥73,000
Availability:
IN:
OUT:
175x250x370mm, 7.5kg
speaker: 155x250x250mm, 3.1kg

Features: MDLP recording and playback, SF edit, ATRAC with Type-R DSP (in non-LP modes). 4X CD->MD copy (2X in MDLP modes, ATRAC Type-R only available in 1X copy mode). PC based titling, control and digital audio transfer from PC to MD possible with Optional PCLK-MN10 connecting kit. Keyboard titling via PS/2 keyboard connector. Optional Sony "KB-10" keyboard (¥6000) available separately. Remote control provides titling using the same character entry method as a typical portable phone (multiple button presses to select one of 3 characters).

Variants: CMT-PX7 model (¥124,000) features 3CD/3MD changer (allowing 3CDs to be recorded with a single button press), more power (50W x 2), FL Dot Chinese character (Kanji) display, and aluminum front panel with motorized fold down control panel. CMT-PX5LTD model (¥80,000) has higher quality analog components (e.g. transformer) achieving 54W (27Wx2?), carbon black finish, and twin dial controls for easier MD editing operations.

Links: Sony's Japanese press release (machine translation).

Specs: Hybrid pulse DAC, 20 delta-sigma ADC, FM: 76 - 90MHz, AM: 531 - 1,602kHz, Amp: 25W x 2.

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Sony DHC-MD717MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9/1997
MSRP ¥120,000
Availability:
input: line, optical x 3. out: line, headphoneMD deck: 28090350mm, 2.8kg

Features: Incorporates 3-CD changer, 3-MD changer, amp, tuner and speakers. Hybrid pulse D/A. Continuous play from 3CDs and 3MDs is possible. 3CDs can be recorded directly onto 3MDs, or select tracks from the 3CDs recorded onto multiple MDs, or 3CD singles can be recorded 1 track each onto an MD. Will keep track of remaining time when recording to multiple MDs to avoid cutting a song (song is automatically placed on the next MD). Sampling rate converter. Continuous recording over 3MDs allows long recording from tuner. Equipped with 3 timer recording modes. Timer recording of up to 3 radio programs is possible. Mono recording available. CD deck has CD-Text display.

Remote: ``Interactive remote control system'': An optional full featured pen-touch 256x200 dot LCD remote (RM-IA9K, available separately for ¥32,000) displays system information as well as MD/CD-TEXT tracks and titles. The remote displays a "soft keyboard" for titling by stylus, as well as a jog dial to allow songs to be selected by a ``title search'' function. Allows kanji and hiragana input (recording titling info in JIS1/2 to sector 4). 1MB of onboard memory allows disk and track names for up to 100 CDs to be saved. Remote has two parts: Remote control: RM-IA9 (160x40x111mm) and signalling unit: TMR-IA9 (124x30x90mm). The remote uses 4 AA cells, the signalling unit uses a 6V AC/DC adapter.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

Specs: Japanese domestic tuner: FM: 76-90MHz, AM: 531-1602kHz. 3-way speakers (17cm woofer, 5cm cone tweeter, 2cm dome super tweeter).

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Sony FH-MD11MD Bookshelf system
Intro: 9
MSRP ¥69,800
Availability:
optical in, + ?215x148x320mm

Features: CD, tuner and MD built into one (small) box. MD: Hybrid Pulse D/A, CD: 1 bit D/A. Sampling rate converter. Links: Sony's Japanese announcement.

Specs: Amp: 25W+25W, Speakers: 2 way bass reflex, 6 ohms. 130mm woofer, 25mm balanced drive tweeter. Tuner: FM: 76-90MHz, AM: 531-1602kHz

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Sony DHC-MD919Bookshelf MD system
Intro: 7
MSRP ¥199,800
Availability:
in: opticalx3, ?1000x430x350mm, 24.7kg

Features: 1 MD slot + 5 MD changer + 3 CD changer. Allows MD to MD recording. Sampling rate converter.

Links: Sony's product announcement in Japanese.

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Sony DHC-MD77Audio System w/ MD
Intro: 7
MSRP ¥110,000
Availability:
215+280+280+215w x 430h x 347d 23.6Kg

Features: 3 CD changer.
General: Bass boost: low/middle/high. Bass/Treble controls, Mic. input, Remote control. CD Section: Program edit, 20 song music calendar, Optical digital out, 3 Disc changer, loop play, CD text (with separately available display). MD Section: Sampling rate converter, optical digital input (2), can be used with RM-D10P remote titler, time machine recording, smart space, undo function. Timer Section: Timer modes: dailyX1, recX1. Speaker Section: 3 way bass reflex.

Links: Sony Japan Page info.

Specs: Amp: 60W+60W

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Sony MJ-L1Home MD System
Intro: 7
MSRP ¥150,000
Availability:
430x95x290mm 7.0Kg

Features: Flat design employing aluminum panel. When copying from CD, "Disc Memo Copy" function copies CD disc memo information to MD. When recording from radio, the station name is automatically recorded. Smart space. Combines CD, MD, Amp and Tuner functions. Remote: RM-SMJ1. Can be used with RM-D10P remote titler. CD Section: Program edit, 20 song music calendar. Timer Section: Timer modes: dailyX1, recX1. Defficiencies: No optical digital input or output, no time machine, no undo function. User comments: The controls are user friendly, LEDs beside the buttons flash to remind you which buttons to select. It's well suited to use partly as a Hifi and partly a stylish item in your house, but if you are a HiFi fan and expect terrific sound quality, the speakers and sections besides the MD unit are just ho-hum.

Links: Sony Japan Page info. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 40+40W, Tuner: FM: 76-90MHz / AM: 531-1602KHz, CD player: 2Hz-20kHz S/N over 105dB, dynamic range: 90dB, Speaker system: 2 way bass reflex, tweeter: 2.5cm dome, woofer: 13.0cm cone, 190x385x165mm, 4.0Kg (one unit).

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User Manual: MJ-L1

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Sony PMC-MD55CD/MD micro system
Intro: 9
US$549
Availability:
unit: 130 x 205 x 200mm
speakers: 125 x 205 x 200mm)

Features: High Speed (2x) CD-to-MD Recording, Supplied With Sub Woofer, CD Text Transfer When Recording To MD, CD-To-MD One Touch Recording, Synchro Recording, Mega Bass Sound System, Digital AM/FM radio with up 20 user-selectable station memories,

Links: Sony's English page for this unit.

Specs: 4" full-range driver in each speaker, 120 VAC

Reviews:

User Manual: PMC-MD55

Service Manual: PMC-MD55

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Sony DHC-MD575CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 9
¥81,000
Availability:
215 x 320 x 410mm

Features: 5 MD, 5 CD changer. Scale Factor Edit function (MD recording levels can be changed after recordings are made by adjusting the ATRAC data's scale factors). This allows track volumes to be matched and abrupt track endpoints to be smoothly faded. Digital recording level control. "Direct Touch Edit" simplifies CD to MD copying and editing. Titling and editing can be performed from a PC with the separately available PCLK-PX2 kit.

Links: Sony's Japanese page (and its machine translation) for this unit.

Specs: 50W + 50W, FM (76-90MHz), AM (531-1,602kHz).

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Sony DHC-MDX103CD/MD/Cassette bookshelf system
Intro: 9
Street $430
Availability:
MD Walkman connect, mic in, ?Main body:280 x 360 x 390mm, 10.2 kg
Speaker:240 x 360 x 320mm, 5 kg. eac h

Features: Digital recording level control, 3CD changer capable of exchanging CDs while one is playing, Groove bass, pre-programmed equalizer functions (15 different modes) plus 5 Level Graphic Equalizer. Sync Rec/CD, MD/MD Portable Player Link.

Links: Sony's Japanese press release for this unit.

Specs: 2cm dome tweeter, 5cm mid-range, 17cm woofer. 50W x 50W. Radio frequencies from 76 to 90MHz. 95W electric consumption.

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User Manual: DHC-MDX10

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Sony CMT-CP33MD
Intro: 2

Availability:

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User Manual: CMT-CP33MD

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Sony DHC-MD777MiniCompo (Bookshelf) MD system
Intro: 1
¥116,000
Availability:
830x 440 x 355mm, 21.8Kg

Features: 5CD and 5MD changer. Digital recording level control. Can be connected to PC via PCLK-MD1 kit. Features ``MD-Link'' for connecting Sony MD portables for copying MD audio [analog] and track titles. World band FM tuner.

Links: Sony Japan's page for the unit.

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Sony DHC-MD515MD Bookshelf System
Intro: 1
MSRP ¥85,000
Availability:
line in (rca phono): aux, cassette. Antenna (AM + FM). out: cassette (line). AU BUS, 3.5mm headphone.215x290x400mm, 9.8kg

Features: Edit point accuracy of 11.6ms. 3CD and 3MD changer. Detachable remote provides full control of unit, including editing and titling. Sampling rate converter. Timer recording for 3 different radio programs. Various functions for recording selected tracks from CD to MD. MDT-515 system = DHC-MD515 unit + TC-TX515 extra.

Links: Sony's Japanese annoucement. Matt Sephton's page for the unit. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 50W+50W. Speakers: 2-way bass reflex, 6 ohms, 15cm HOP woofer, 2.5cm balanced drive tweeter. Tuner: FM: 76-90MHz, AM: 531-1602kHz CD: hybrid pulse D/A, MD: hybrid pulse D/A.

Mis-features: No mono recording capability (likewise for Sony's -313 model).

Notes: Eric Whitney has confirmed that the RM-D10P keyboard remote is fully compatible with the DHC-MD515.

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User Manuals: DHC-MD515, DHC-MD515 courtesy Eric Whitney

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Sony CMT-MD1CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
around $600
Availability:
line in/out, video inMain body:130 x 215 x 245mm (W x H x D)
Speaker:215 x 205 x 160mm (W x H x D)
Total Weight 7.8kg

Features: Disc Memo feature (Assign names to CDs),clip on/off speakers with detachable grilles, DBFB bass, pre-programmed equalizer functions (5 different modes),Digital AM/FM radio with up 20 user-selectable station memories

Links: Sony's American page for this unit. Sony's Japanese Tourist Page page for the unit.

Specs: Full-range bass reflex speakers. 15W + 15W RMS Power. Radio frequencies from 76 to 108MHz. 80W electric consumption.

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User Manual: CMT-MD1

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Sony CMT-J3MDCD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥70,000
Availability:
175 x 250 x 320mm, 156 x 250 x 245mm

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

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Sony CMT-SD1CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1

Availability:
2 x optical in, 3 x line in, 1 x optical out, 2 x line out
Availability:

Features: CD, MD, cassette, radio. MDS-JE520 class machine.

Links: A Sony press release describing this unit.

Specs: 2 x 20 watt power output, manual tone control, 35 Segment level meter, 2 way passive speakers.

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Service Manuals: MDS-SD1, HCD-SD1 (CD/Receiver, couples to MDS-SD1)

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Sony DHC-MD888Bookshelf CD/MD system
Intro: 1
¥150,000
Availability:
910 x 470 x 355 mm, 27.0kg

Features: Double 5 MD changer (holds 10MDs total), 5 CD changer. CD->MD and MD->MD copying. Direct Touch editing, PCLK-PX1 PC interface connector.

Links: Sony's Japanese page for this unit.

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Sony DHC-MD373CD/MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥68,000
Availability:
mic in, ?Main body:215 x 150 x 330mm, 6.2 kg
Speaker:170 x 275 x 235mm, 3.5kg each

Features: Digital recording level control, capable of exchanging CDs while one is playing, Groove bass, pre-programmed equalizer functions (15 different modes). Optional cassette deck TC-TX373 (with synchro-record feature).

Links: Sony's Japanese press release for this unit. Sony's Tourist model page for the DHC-MD373.

Specs: 2.5cm dome tweeter, 13cm woofer. 25W x 25W. Radio frequencies from 76 to 90MHz. 55W electric consumption.

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Sony DHC-MD5555CD/5MD bookshelf system
Intro: 1
¥87,000
(¥56,800 street)
Availability:
IN: line (x3). OUT: line, headphoneDIM

Features: Tuner: AM/MW/SW/FM (world band). 5 MD quick changer. 5 CD changer, with CD text. MD Walkman input terminal (cable supplied) for synchronized recording onto an MD Walkman. Digital REC volume. Direct Touch editor for easy sound editing. Operating instructions: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese. RM-MD555 remote.

Links: Sony's English (tourist) page for the DHC-MD555 bookshelf system. Sony US's English page for the DHC-MD555. MiniDiscussion has collected user reviews for this unit.

Specs: Amp: 700W peak, 40+40w RMS.

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User Manual: DHC-MD555

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Sony DHC-MD99Audio System w/ 5 MD changer
Intro: 1
MSRP ¥186,000
Availability:
235+280+280+235w x 460h x 355d 34.0Kg

Features: Can record 5 CDs to 5 MDs or duplicate 1 CD to 5 MDs automatically. Timer recording can record different radio programs to different MDs. ``Slump down'' control panel for horizontal or vertical use.
General: DSP, Surround, Dolby Surround, Surround speaker output terminals, Center speaker output terminal, Bass boost: low/middle/high. 7 Band equalizer, Mic. input, Remote control. CD Section: Program edit, Disk memo, Optical digital out (2), 5 Disc changer, loop play, CD text (display only handles English characters and numerals). MD Section: 5 disc changer, Sampling rate converter, optical digital input (2), can use RM-D10P keyboard remote, Disk memo copy (100), air check memo (records station name from tuner), time machine recording, smart space, undo function. Timer Section: Timer modes: onceX1, dailyX1, recX5. Speaker Section: 4 way 5 unit, bass reflex.

Specs: Amp: Front: 75W+75W, Rear: 10W+10W, Center: 30W

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Sony CMT-M11CQbric Audio System w/ MD
Intro: 1
MSRP ¥110,000
Availability:
125+142+142+125w x 205h x 263.5d 10.7Kg

Features: Qbric design (front face has CD jewel case dimensions), 3 CD changer.
General: Surround (not Dolby), Bass boost: (1,2) but no other tone controls, Remote control. CD Section: Program edit, disc memo, Optical digital out, 3 disc changer. MD Section: optical digital input, disc memo copy, can be used with RM-D10P remote titler, smart space. Timer Section: Timer modes: dailyX1, recX1. Speaker Section: 2 unit speaker system, full range driver + super tweeter, bass reflex. Defficiencies: No sampling rate converter, no time machine, no undo function, no music calendar.

Links: Sony Japan Page info.

Specs: Amp: 12W+12W

Reviews:

User Manual: CMT-M11C

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