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FOR SALE: Aiwa DX-1200 CD Player - Super Rare

Item #649244070
Info: Aiwa DX-1200 CD Player - Super Rare

Asking Price:
CAD $499.00
Payment method: Cash, Paypal
Condition: N/A (?)
Date Posted: Aug 21, 18 9:59am (PST)
About Seller: Photon
Toronto, ON
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Product Brand: Aiwa
Product Model: DX-1200
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Some time in the 80s perhaps you were in an audio store and you maybe saw the awesome Aiwa V-1200 system and wished you could afford the top 1987 dollar it demanded. It was total 80s and loaded with tech. 5 cassette changer plus 1 for 6 tape deck. It had a lovely clear power amp with a giant toroidal transformer and an awesome spectrum analyzer, a pre-amp with 7 band EQ, a fully automatic direct drive programmable turntable with direct track access(seriously - can you even do that with today's turntables?), digital tuner, AFBS speakers that analyzed the sound output through bass calibration microphones and adjusted to ideal bass levels when activated, and it was all remote controlled. Christmas tree? Yeah, the V-1200 looked better! Now here is the thing, CD technology was just starting out and CD players cost mucho dinero. And at the time of this system Aiwa just finished the DX-1000 development few years earlier, and the offspring and other beneficiary of that R&D was the DX-1200. It had the perfect look to match the V-1200 and it was a $599 option to the system and matched it for design and colour perfectly. Needless to say, with CD format just starting and CD players had a small attach rate due to cost add-on. Most V-1200s sold without the CD Player, and Aiwa forecast that it was going to be so in their very limited production of the DX-1200 CD Player probably due to cost and not wanting to be left with aging/depreciating inventory. As you can see in the attached catalog photo it was replaced by other, cheaper, standard design tray black CD player models as seen even in the official Aiwa V-1200 literature, and eventually the DX-1200 was bundled with the V-1200 top of the line AFB-1001 speaker bundle only until it disappeared forever. The DX-1200 is an awesome CD player, and you load the CD upside down just like in the DX-1000, but DX-1200 has a way better display and improved tech and any technical flaws of the DX-1000 were engineered out. In my view, it also has better appearance - not to mention a whole awesome V-1200 audio system to go with!

Here is the vintage laser page:

Anyhow, the DX-1200 is a fantastic CD player, and this one plays perfectly, laser is quick and snappy to the tracks as it should be. It has only 2 little issues. Clearly the tray mechanism belt need to be replaced as the drawer loads in and out slower than it should (I haven't taken it in for repair as this is my spare), and there is a small ding to the lower corner under the power button. This is a very rare player, and it is my spare to my V-1200 system. I have no problems keeping it as spare. But I figured as I'm clearing some stuff I'll offer it to someone who may have a lonely CD-less V-1200 system and may want it more. Yes, it's at a premium. But in one hand you have replaceable paper, in the other hand you could complete your V-1200 system with the DX-1200 CD player the system was named after. :-)

Yes, I can ship. Yes Paypal is fine.


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