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#1 Rimmer36

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 10:20 AM

for me it's  my new jvc pc5 im totally astounded by it, although not every ones cup of tea (3 piece) it's easily as loud as the  the m90 sharp gx300 and sounds just as good...

 

iim just blown away by it and it's half the size of the sharp gx300.... the only fault as most would agree in needs better highs but then most boxes do...can't even take her to full volume she is so loud and the bass is so warm and plenty of it

 

easily my best buy of the year even though there not rare, even has the m90 deck but the electronics are slightly different....

 

anyway what box has Totally caught you by surprise?? over to you guys :-)

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:00 AM

Actually it's not the same deck, even though it shares many similar parts. Looked at the exploded diagrams.

You had me going, I thought I had a new source for m90 decks :-P



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:13 AM

Actually it's not the same deck, even though it shares many similar parts. Looked at the exploded diagrams.

You had me going, I thought I had a new source for m90 decks :-P

Yes you are correct my friend but it's almost the same lol....it actually clunks the same during it's cycles...i flippin love it Eric...i don't even need the bass on full (half will do) which is unusual for me....back to you guys :-)



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 02:12 PM

Great topic Rah, I only have one 3 piece and it is a Sony FH7, i think i may invest in one more good one as time goes by so maybe i will look out for one of these. I bet the deck is a pig to work on?

 

Anyway, my most underrated box is probably this old Sony:

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It sounds so good and would embarrass many boxes, also has a 3,5mm line in so gets a lot of use.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:21 PM

Universum Super Sound 16000



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 04:25 PM

My PC 11 that I changed the speakers, now my best and loudest compo box. The thing I like is the actual volume knob and not those miserable farking sliders.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:03 PM

Universum Super Sound 16000

agree , Reli if thats a Tele CR 8200 AKA



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:34 PM

Yep it is, and they go for only $50-100 on Ebay Germany. Best bang for the buck.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 10:42 PM

JVC M90 :-)

#10 Rimmer36

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 12:40 AM

Great topic Rah, I only have one 3 piece and it is a Sony FH7, i think i may invest in one more good one as time goes by so maybe i will look out for one of these. I bet the deck is a pig to work on?

 

Anyway, my most underrated box is probably this old Sony:

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It sounds so good and would embarrass many boxes, also has a 3,5mm line in so gets a lot of use.

that sony reminds me of one my sister had Tstar, the only mono iv ever used lol....as for re belting the pc5, no chance id do it, mine came fully working, iv actually down graded the speakers with a pair of rx 60 drivers as mine need a re foam :-)  but i may leave these in as it's superb as is :cool:



My PC 11 that I changed the speakers, now my best and loudest compo box. The thing I like is the actual volume knob and not those miserable farking sliders.

would agree Floyd lad, iv had many pc55 but i could never get a satisfactory sound out of it, changed the woofers on the pc 11 and although not as loud as the pc 55 it sounds better than the 55 ever could :-)



Yep it is, and they go for only $50-100 on Ebay Germany. Best bang for the buck.

not sure what one of these are Reli lad :-)

 

i don't know about boxes Redbenjoe but you are easily the most underrated member here haha

 

not sure about the m90 jimmy, never heard of one haha

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:21 AM

I love the gf 9000 mind you these are grossly under powered, if it only had a few more watts it would kick total ass but as it is it only kicks partial ass lol.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:33 AM

I love the gf 9000 mind you these are grossly under powered, if it only had a few more watts it would kick total ass but as it is it only kicks partial ass lol.

Totally agree Floyd lad, isn't there some mod you can do my friend i mean you have total out of this world skills lad, the problem with the gf9000 although it uses the same amp as the gf 777 family it only has one where as the gf777 uses 2 :-)

 

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one mod i did to a gf9000 years ago floyd was put some m90 speakers in there, it sounded much better buddy :yes:



#13 JVC Floyd

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 03:45 AM

Hell my gf 535/9000 sounds maybe even better than the m90 at low to mid volume. anything past that the m90 totally smokes its ass lol.
If I think I need to find some more sensitive but also more powerful woofers , pretty sure the m90 are 6 ohm but I want to go with 3 ohm if I can find them.

Don't get me wrong if I had some spare JVC woofers I would put them in just to see what happens.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 04:11 AM

i think there is a pair of m90 speakers on ebay now floyd, if i had paypal id get em for you and send them free buddy....people have tried many speakers in the gf 9000 but all of them are just to powerful to drive lad...the m90 speakers although 6 ohms, the magnets are only small and can be driven easily by the 9000

 

edit i have a friend with paypal i'll ask him to get the m90 speakers for me and when they arrive i'll send them to you dude... hows that :-)



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:31 AM

Hell bring it on. Once I open up the sharp that's when I'm going to add some LEDs and replace the tweeters with the ones from my PC 55 parts box.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 03:22 PM

i think someone has bought the damn things floyd, wouldn't care but they have been on ebay for weeks...if they get relisted there yours dude :yes:



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 03:40 PM

Another underrated box that sounds good but sells for cheap:

 

http://www.wikiboomb...nasonic RX-FM40



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:56 PM

Another underrated one is the panasonic rx 60...has the same gutsy chunky sound of the pc5 ..... could almost be the same box just not as loud as the pc5



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:47 AM

The PC-5 is a real world beater, built & sold at the height of quality portable stereos this 5 piece is a true hifi system & sounds even better than it should really!! The deck is the same as the M90's with some tiny differences, the logic board in the M90 has fewer led's & the odd mechanical differences - I know this deck well, my PC-5 was stripped right out to service & rebelt & the 2 are built on the same chassis! Very reliable & these decks get the best out of the cassette tape!

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 12:35 PM

The PC-5 is a real world beater, built & sold at the height of quality portable stereos this 5 piece is a true hifi system & sounds even better than it should really!! The deck is the same as the M90's with some tiny differences, the logic board in the M90 has fewer led's & the odd mechanical differences - I know this deck well, my PC-5 was stripped right out to service & rebelt & the 2 are built on the same chassis! Very reliable & these decks get the best out of the cassette tape!

Bang on Nick lad...the jvc pc55 looks better than the 5 but id say the 5 is the best compo jvc has ever made...i get the feeling we like the pc5 lol :-D



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 01:37 PM

I looked at the speakers they had on eBay however the surrounds looked cracked so I steered my ship in the other direction as I am not good at repairs and would've felt like it wasn't a good deal if they rattled. Plus there isn't any issues with mine at the moment but figured a backup pair would be nice :-)

 

Eventually over time we will all need someone who knows how to rebuild a speaker in our lives :-)



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 11:47 PM

here is the original advert for the pc5 with the globetrotters...sorry guys im just obsessed with her at the moment lol

 

https://www.google.c...yFnyRCxxrwwSw2B

 

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Tranzistorised, not all speakers need a re foam, i have a pair of sansui from the 70's that are like brand new

 

just those that use foam that will need doing, hope this helps dude :-)



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 05:51 AM

Very interesting thread subject. I could pick a few, but I think I'm going to try to hold to a few criteria.

 

#1 Price. There are some radio's that go for super cheap and are great performers

#2 Looks. There are some radio's that don't look all that great, but the sound quality makes up for it.

#3 Size. There are some radio's that are slightly smaller than a typical "Mid-sized box" (say the M70 as the benchmark 'midsizer') That punch above their weight class.

#4 Perceived low build quality. There are some radio's that are either from a known low quality manufacturer, came into the game late (late 80's, or early 90's) or were just one off name plates.

 

But with all that said, I really feel the Lasonic TRC-918 is a totally under rated box. 

 

If we go through the list above:

Price: These can be found for penny's on the dollar and are fairly common. If you don't see one now, wait a little while, they show up often for CHEAP!

Looks: At best, the look like a Sanyo rip off, but the look is kind of bland. They did make some variants of these boxes and some are better than others. And one with it's chrome intact looks great in the sunshine.

Size: The size of the 918 is about the same as a Realistic SCR-8, not tiny, but they come off as small in pictures IMO.

Perceived low build quality: Lasonic has a bad reputation for build quality (some of it inflated, some of it justified), but the 918 suffers far less and in fact, one of the best radio's they ever made. It doesn't use the troublesome rotary function switch that plagues the 920 and 931. 

 

The TRC-918 has some features. It has Cr02 and Metal tape playback, stereo wide settings and some have Short wave 1 & 2 (mine doesn't). Opposing LED VU meters.

 

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Mine is a warn out old beater. But a proper 918 has a solid low thumping bass, with crisp highs. The woofers are 5 inch I think and are shared with the L30. The preamp is EQ'd to provide a very solid THUMP. They also use the famous Red/Orange tweeters shared in the 920, 922, 931, 935, 951 and 975 so you get great over all volume. These go pretty loud and hold it together very well. They use good old reliable knobs and push buttons to get the job done.

 

In my opinion, one of the most under rated radio's that can still be found dirt cheap (at least before this post  :lol: )



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:58 AM

Nice thoughts Chris, i’m With you, I think the price to audio output to nostalgic feel is important when deciding.
I have a few in mind but I still think the Philips d8614 is superb bang for the buck in quality and has great 80’s appeal too.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 09:45 AM

The 8614 is another icon! Outstanding tape playback with a sound that still belies it's appearance! Comparison tests with my many big stereo demonstrate this with the 8614 outperforming pretty much all the others!! Love the logic deck too, yeah this is a mighty one piece that deserves recognition as something pretty special.....

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 09:58 AM

The 8614 is another icon! Outstanding tape playback with a sound that still belies it's appearance! Comparison tests with my many big stereo demonstrate this with the 8614 outperforming pretty much all the others!! Love the logic deck too, yeah this is a mighty one piece that deserves recognition as something pretty special.....

Totally agree these are superb boxes..guys...watch all the prices go up once reading this thread lol....take the pc5 it normally sells for very low coinage like most of them here....and it's sentimental for me as it was the boomer that started me collecting some 15 years ago but i sold her because of her condition and just forgot about them....

 

anyway thanks everyone didn't quite expect so many replies.....nice one guys :thumbsup:



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 12:59 PM

Also the panny rxc 45,
those little bastards are rabid wolverines. Hella awesome and classy little monsters.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 02:18 PM

Also the panny rxc 45,
those little bastards are rabid wolverines. Hella awesome and classy little monsters.

If it's anything like the rx 60 they are little monsters indeed and put shame to many boxes with 8 inch woofers...i need to get one as they can be had cheap...it's a good thing floyd that most people don't like 3 piece lol

 

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i mean take the sanyo 920 for example which i totally love...the rx 60 urinates on it and spits it out backwards for sound lol....sorry sanyo920 lovers and yes im one of them :-)



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:51 PM

OK, the real question is, are people listing these radio's just so they can then list the very same for sale  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

OK, the real question is, are people listing these radio's just so they can then list the very same for sale  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Damn iv been rumbled Chris lol...mine are all for sale, 30 grand on stereo2go  :lol:  :lol:  :-)