The last Micro Seiki CD-Player

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 that was made in Japan.

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.”

An OEM CD-94 by Micro Seiki Part II

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”

An OEM CD-94 by Micro Seiki

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”