And the last Philips CDM1. (A cult object by Micro) In 1992, Micro Seiki placed its last order with Marantz for a chassis with circuit boards and a CDM1 drive, which was basically a stripped-down CD-94. It turned out later that it was the last CD player based on the combination of the TDA1541a andContinue reading “The last Micro Seiki CD-Player”
The Philips CD960 marketing slogan in the US boasted: “Truly a reference standard CD player, the CD960 incorporates only the most uncompromising components because it has been designed by the world’s most uncompromising audiophiles1; Philips engineers”. But were the engineers that worked at the Natlab in Waalre uncompromising audiophiles? And where are the Philips engineers’Continue reading “The Philips that was made in Japan.”
The CD-94MKII vs the CD-95TDA1541a S1’s in a push-pull system. Roughly a year after completing the new Sagamihara factory, Marantz introduced a new implementation of the TDA1541a into the market. The Marantz CD-94MKII and CD-95 were manufactured in this factory from 1988 till 1990 and came with TDA1541a-S1s in push-pull configuration. But Marantz was notContinue reading “The CD-94MKII vs the CD-95”
The Micro Seiki CD-M100 CD player.An upgraded CD-M2 or a CD-94 on steroids. In 1988 Micro Seiki introduced the CD-M100 CD player. It became the highly praised successor to the CD-M2, and it got this praise for its solid looks and unique countermeasures against vibrations. You could buy it in Japan for a measly ¥400.000,Continue reading “An OEM CD-94 by Micro Seiki Part II”
When Micro Seiki entered the market in 1987 with the CD-M2, it must have raised some eyebrows. Slightly higher than a Marantz CD-94, you must have been surprised when you found out it weighed a hefty 22 kilograms picking it up! It also came with bold marketing statements like: “previously unobtainable transparency, and an extremelyContinue reading “An OEM CD-94 by Micro Seiki”
Marantz CD-94 Development tools.
The complete Marantz CD-9X series.
The Marantz CD-94 belt replacement tutorial.
Marantz CD-94; Is non-oversampling the way to heaven?
The Marantz CD-94 ICs; TDA1541A and the SAA7220P/B.