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just bought real cheap cd player!

Mr Cat

Banned
well, I managed to buy an ancient technics SL-P555 cd player from ebay for 6 quid...it'll be used for the bedroom - just that my gwoman was asking for one...I thought it would be better than the bog standard 50 quid one from richersounds..???

even tho this one is from around 1985...

http://www.vintagetechnics.com/cdplayers/slp555.htm

:)
 

CJROSS

Well-known Member
Yup better than a £50 Richers effort IMHO I quite liked Technics Mash efforts (490PLG-590PLG IIRC) does this baby have a Mash logo on it, anyway £6 !!!!
 

Mr Cat

Banned
nah, it doesn't have the Mash logo on, but does have class AA on it...anyway, should blend in with my circa 1989 technics hifi...
 

Mylo

Novice Member
I've got one of those behind me in my test lab. Optical out works but no phono. Big buggers aren't they.
 

Mr Cat

Banned
ah, no phono..? Hmm...I'm sure my technics only has a phono...
 

Mylo

Novice Member
they have phonos buddy, mine just does not work thats why we got given it. Bet that worried you for a second though !:D ;)
 

overkill

Well-known Member
The 555 was nice machine. Well built and well worth £6!! It was one of the AA series. Should go on for a while yet.

CJ, I think the 555 was multi-bit machine. If memory serves, from just before the mash players.

Oops sorry, forgot you're not speaking to me.......... :D
 

Mr Cat

Banned
phew it did, but for that price I wasn't too bothered!!

well, we'll (my girl and I) will be able to lie in bed and play some decent tunes soon...!
 

CJROSS

Well-known Member
Originally posted by overkill
Oops sorry, forgot you're not speaking to me.......... :D
Why are you trying to derail this dudes thread with another ding-dong ? I hope a moderator is not watching coz you’ll be in big twubble !!!! :eek:
 

overkill

Well-known Member
trying to derail this dudes thread with another ding-dong
Jeez!! It was just a joke............ :(


The 555 has all those track buttons on the front if memory serves. Hence it was pretty deep!! I think they were 44cms wide as well. Will it fit on a bedside table?
 

nsherin

Novice Member
Nowt wrong with Technics kit - my grandad has a Technics seperates rig from about 1992 and it produces a very enjoyable sound. In many ways, I wish I'd bought Technics as my first rig - I'd probably not have bothered to upgrade!
 

Mylo

Novice Member
Originally posted by overkill
The 555 has all those track buttons on the front if memory serves. Hence it was pretty deep!! I think they were 44cms wide as well. Will it fit on a bedside table? [/B]

Your memory is pretty good mate. Dimensions are
43*32.5*11.5 cm
 

Mr Cat

Banned
yeah, it should be ok - size wise as I've got an old (circa '89) full size technics 930 system on some draws...it'll just fit on top of that! it's at the bottom of the bed with the speakers arranged at either side...my girl wasn't too happy that I had to move the wardrobe to accomodate this like, but thats another story...

:D
 

overkill

Well-known Member
full size technics 930 system on some draws
Ah, the 930!! Nice little system that in it's day - for an all in one job. Technics systems were, until Kenwood came along, top of the midi heap.
 

Mr Cat

Banned
Hmmm....tho I don't know much about Kenwood - I always assumed that Technics were better..??

anyway, that was my first decent hifi!!
600 quid it cost...
 

Mylo

Novice Member
I got a Kenwood one to celebrate getting my apprenticeship. £700 and it took me 6 months to pay it off on the drip in 1988.

God I feel old.:rotfl:
 

Mr Cat

Banned
yeah, I must have bought mine around 88-89'...it actually was made of metal too! (except for the front!) - it replaced my mega cheap matsui jobby from dixons...!!
 

Mylo

Novice Member
Don't knock em bruv, I used to work for Currys and would knock out loads of Saisho/matsui systems to people. They paid for the deposit on my Kenwood. It was quite embarrassing if they asked what system I had.:D
 

overkill

Well-known Member
The Technics systems were good, but overall the Kenwoods had em' beat. The top Kenwoods (£1300) were almost as good as hi-fi! :eek: The Kenwoods also started to top the Reviews against Technics around 90' and didn't look back. The Yams were nicely built as well, and they didn't supply speakers with their top systems which allowed us to flog "proper" speakers with them.

Matsui and Saihso!!! Yow!!:D We are talking the Trabants of the music replay world here!!:)
 

rozzar

Active Member
i have a strong disliking of Technics stuff...something to do with too many prominent, pointless logos such as Class A/AA/MASH/Virtual Battery Operation/Anti Vibration base and things like pretentious Vu meters/Pseudo mini separates etc etc. Overall though, I just find Technics stuff sucked the life out of the music, and took all the detail away. Can't knock the separates for build quality though- bought a 1983 SLP6 (I think- it was a huge motha, with pitch control, music calendar etc) from a boot sale for a fiver and it lasted 5 years! Thats 3 years longer than a 1998 Philips CD711 :mad:
 

Mr Cat

Banned
well, I got my cd player yesterday (after it got delivered to a neighbours house...) - well, it looks a bit rough round the edges, and it didn't come with a remote control (they said they would supply one in ebay), and there are no cables at all....but when I set it up, I was pleasantly surprised and the hifi remote was able to control it anyway...so, all in all, can't complain for 6 quid!

:thumbsup:
 

overkill

Well-known Member
Thats 3 years longer than a 1998 Philips CD711
Don't know what their hi-fi stuff is like now, but Philips used to be notorious!! Back in the days of yore, I remember the old 471 was called "the boomerang" as for every 3 sold 1 came back!! Technics gear though, as you say was rock solid. Even their cassette decks rarely returned which took some doing!
 

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