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Japanese-to-English Translation

Thanks to our contributor Lorne in Japan, his wife, and his colleague, Ms. Megumi Yamada, for this translation from the website http://www.niji.or.jp/home/k-nisi/tuner.htm.

TUNER CORNER

KENWOOD L-02T
The L-02T produced a vivid sound. The author loves the sound of this tuner and he has asked for opinions about it from readers.

TRIO KT-9900
Model year: 1976.
One of the first tuners to have the pulse count system. It incorporated MPX. It was followed by the 9700 in 1978 which used IC for pulse count. It weighed 15 kg, 3 kg more than the L-02T. This was an extremely expensive unit costing 200,000 Yen at the time.

KENWOOD L-01T
Model year: 1979.
Non-magnetic material was used in the structure of this tuner in order to prevent magnetic distortion. I think it says that there were two power supply sections. The use of resins and acrylics made this a unique design.

ONKYO T-429R and ONKYO T-437
Both these analog tuners appeared in the September catalog lineup for 1983.

PIONEER F-700
Model year: 1980.

PIONEER F-120
Model Year: 1982. Digital.

KENWOOD L-O3T
KENWOOD KT-3030
The L-03T was the last of the Kenwood variable condenser analog tuners. Times were changing and designers were going with the flow. The KT-3030 was a high-class synthesizer tuner, but it was inferior to the analog type; it was said that it sounded a bit thin.

SANSUI TU-X1
Model year: 1979.
This was a high-class tuner in the 16 kg. class. It was meant to pair with the contemporary big AU series amplifier. Part of the reason for its size is that it accommodated both FM and AM, and the AM section was very carefully considered in terms of how it sounded. A first-rate, impressive unit.

ONKYO T-419
Model year: 1979.
This was a first class machine which used seven (7) connected variable condensers and a serrasoid detector unit. Its younger and less expensive brother was the T-417.

YAMAHA T-9
Model year: 1979.
This analog tuner was a quality machine which the makers were proud to present. This was an analog tuner which could provided for program selection in the embryonic days of the digital tuner.

TECHNICS ST-G7
Model year: 1983.
This synthesizer tuner was an advanced design in that it used computer technology. As such, it led the way in the pricing of tuner products.

NAKAMICHI ST-70
Model year: 1986.
This was a high-class unit and a member of the "System 70" series.

TRIO KT-1000
Model year: 1980.
This analog tuner won praise for its reception performance and good sound.

AUREX ST-910 (Toshiba)
Model year: 1974.
This tuner was an export model. It employed the digital synthesizer system which had already started appearing by degrees in domestic models. It had not a single knob; it anticipated designs which were far in the future.

YAMAHA T-8
Model year: 1981.
With this synthesizer model, Yamaha was trying to stay up in the tuner market. This tuner was a refined development of the T-6.

SONY ST-A7B
Model year: 1976.
This was a high-class tuner with which Sony could show that it could produce superior technology in this field as had done in others. It employed five (5) crystal locked variable condensers. As a DXer unit it was first-rate.

YAMAHA T-2000W
Model year: 1983.
This tuner was given elegant wooden sides. Yamaha used technology from previous developments to make this model compact.

TECHNICS ST-9700
Model year: 1974.
This analog tuner used nine (9) connected variable condensers. It employed luxurious construction; its circuit was built with high-grade parts. It conferred a pride of ownership.

Here is a translation of most of the second page of k-nisi's website, http://www.niji.or.jp/home/k-nisi/tuner2.htm:

TUNER CORNER PART 2

FM broadcasting has been a very popular source. That's why there were many good tuners produced for it. Let's look back over the excellent or distinctive ones. I have such a long list of them that this is the second page.

SONY ST-J88
This was a synthesizer-type tuner which SONY began to sell in 1978. I remember that this was SONY's first synthesizer-type tuner. It was a high-grade tuner which was later sold under the "Esprit" brand name. It became a long-seller.

Lo-D FT-8000
This was a synthesizer-type tuner which Lo-D (Hitachi) began to sell in 1978. This was the highest-grade tuner in Lo-D's lineup, and it was supposed to be in the same series with the HCA 9000, a preamplifier, which in turn was being paired with famous HMA-9500 mk ?. [This was a Kanji which both Ms. Yamada and Lorne's wife were unable to make any sense of in the context. Lorne suspects that it may be a name for this tuner following the model number, and it might be loosely translated as "Boss," but that is a really wild guess.] It was Lo-D's first real synthesizer-type tuner.

VICTOR FX-711
This was a synthesizer-type tuner which Victor began to sell in 1987. Victor had developed synthesizer-type tuners very early on, but this was a totally new model with a new design which was reminiscent of Kenwood. In addition to its superior qualities, it was a capable tuner which was worth more than its price.

ACCUPHASE T-104
This was a synthesizer-type tuner which Accuphase began to sell in 1978. It was the first synthesizer-type tuner by that company, and it was a surprisingly well-finished product of high-quality, not only as a tuner, but also as both a receiver and as an audio machine. It was a high-class tuner with a sense of distinctive quality.

SANSUI TU-D707
This was a "varicon" type of tuner which Sansui began to sell in 1979. This highly efficient tuner was intended to be paired with an amplifier in the '07' series. Along with the TU-X1, it was a tertiary model which belonged to the last generation of Sansui's orthodox analog tuners. It was really attractive, having a good design which matched the AU-D907.

ACCUPHASE T-100
This was an AM/FM tuner which Accuphase began to sell in 1973. It was also the first tuner sold under the "Kensonic" name at the same time as their C-200 and C-300 separate component-amplifiers. It was a very high-grade tuner with a personality.

AUREX ST-720
This was an FM-only tuner which Aurex began to sell in 1976. Aurex is the company which sold the ST-910, the first domestic synthesizer-type tuner. I remember it gave me the impression of being a unique tuner which looked forward to futuristic digital operation.

ONKYO T-41 ODG
This was a synthesizer-type tuner which Onkyo began to sell in 1978. Onkyo had already produced a synthesizer-type tuner in 1975. It was a high-grade tuner which was developed to actualize the best qualities both in receiving efficiency and sound.

TECHNICS ST-9038T
This was a synthesizer-type tuner which Technics began to sell in 1977. It was an advanced tuner at that time with a thin chassis. 'Multi-function' was made possible through the use of a programmable micro-computer unit which included a built-in timer.

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