AIWA JX704 cassette recorder player!
One of the oldest here gadgets!!We have bought this very nice designed model 12 years ago , whern tripping in Singapore. The main reason was to use two cassette players in order to record as much as possible from the Singaporean radio waves.It was similar to what i did on 89 when i recorded with another i think bought again there cassette recorder
And this is possibly the only gadget protected in its cover box :
as noticed in the picture this radio includes: (with short comments inside )
- AM (ie MW ) and FM tuner with PLL synthesis. [the tuning is made with two very small buttons on the left of the player just left of the mini display ]
- reverse recording. [indeed it does it ! ]
- remote control .[it uses a provided cable with a handy remote control system tere will be a photo of it ]
- 30 stations preset [via 3 banks . the system car audio uses ]
- super bass . [from the LCd display controls ]
- auto reverse playback [yes , that was something used in most models of the time ]
- 25 hours of operation ,using alkaline batteries !!
Here is a picture of the left part of this player . You see how small are the tuning controls . At trhe left 'bottom' there is a mains plug with 3 V. This plug is too thin. Is compatible with Nokia plugs though it requires 3 V to operate .Just look that this player in not so thick as other older models and it ca 4 cm.
Here is the opposite side. Volume control, an operation LED (able to show battery level a bit ) , an oscillator (for trashing out the whistles carriers while recording )a microphone input and earphones
and here is a photo of the remote control . Just look at the format of the plug: all controls are amde with the third pin :
and hre is a picture of the remote control :
- On the base of the triangle there are two grey buttons :the FF (fast forward) and the REW (rewind ie fast backwards ) that act also as preset memory changers> The middle button (with the blue colour) is used to reverse the cassete direction and stop the radio
- the small button near the edge is to start radio or change the radio band
- quite sophisticated system, huh?
adn here is the side view of the control :
This is the attenuator (ie volume control that attenuates from the maximum levels ) and a switch tht locks the player
and this is the stereo microphone that connects to thee player via the mic plug . it is a dynamic lapel microphone
Here is a description of the front view
Left button starts radio and changes the bands: two for FM and one for AM(each band with 10 memories )
reset deletes every thing
MENU :menu operations followed by mode/set
The adjustments are :
SEL (normal - hi for bias ie standard or metal tape)
BASS : standard bass or super bass
DIR : paly once the tape play continuously
FM stereo or mono
Hold: cancels all button operations
Middle button : changes cassette directionality
FF REW for fast forwarding /fast back-warding . Don't think is quite fast . It is below 2.5X the normal cassette speed
REC : for recording . Though you can expect a high fidelity recording , most trebles are lost
And some comments on radio playback using the Carefour earphones :
FM : listening FM is quite treble-y , having more treble than Bolong radio . Seems not very sensitive as most stations have some hiss
AM: quite good sensitivity with nice and clear audio. Filter is quite wide so that inter mod whistles are heard . this is the reason of using the OSC while recording
I found that the AN 200 antenna can be quite helpful for enhancing MW reception. The best point to locate the player is this :
And for cassette audio playback :
Using again the same (Carrefour) earphones (and tested also with Sennheiser's heads) by using original cassettes (with Dolby ) audio sounds great!