Deep cleaning of my beloved AIWA CSD-SR6, a beautiful beast
I received at home my old beloved boombox that I’ve had when I was a teen: the AIWA CSD-SR6. I bought this boombox back in 1991, just before I started studying in the university. I’ve had a nice Hitachi 3DS75 and I really was searching for a big -but still portable- improvement. And I found this impressive piece for 56.000 pesetas (spanish coin back then) which is around $750 of 2014 US dollars…
This model is the best boombox I’ve ever seen (and listened to) that could be bought outside Japan. However, there were a few high level competitors that could surpass it: his biggest ‘brother’, the awesome CSD-SR8, the Panasonic RX-DT9 (I wrote about both in this article) or the massive SANYO PH-WCD950.
It has a huge lot of features that represent the one of the most advanced (if not the most) boombox made in the 90′s (outside Japan, again). It includes:
- Double quick autoreverse deck, metal compatible, with rotating heads.
- 10.000cc resonance capacity speakers each with bass reflex ducts (the biggest resonance capacity seen in a boombox).
- 15W DIN power
- Two knobs for bass and treble.
- Dolby B (for recording also).
- Syncronized computerized CD recording to tape (does ALL: analyze CD, adjust recording level, records two sides, erases cropped songs at the end of each side…)
- PLL radio with 30 presets.
- full wireless remote with so many functions.
- Motorized volume knob
… and many other…
This beauty was at my father’s home for many years, collecting dust far from me. This is how it looked one year ago when I pulled it out of the closet:
Not bad, but if you look close, you will notice the dust:
But look inside the decks:
I managed to take back home after so many years and decided to do a deep cleaning of it, so it will be part of my collection again. I fully dissasembled it. After some brief clean, this is how it looked:
in a closer look:
So, I removed every cable and electronic board and put it in the shower and started to deep clean it. It’s definitely a rare shot to see :
Once cleaned and dryed, started to put things. First, the internal power supply:
It’s curious to see the internal ribs to make more rigid the speaker box:
Then, I mounted the speakers:
Here is the internal electro-mechanic block, with the two decks after cleaning and demagnetizing:
So finally, I could assemble all and adjust the azimuth to finish it. Now, this is how it looks:
Of course, both grids as well as speakers were carefully cleaned too, to take them back to the clean original black look:
Look at the front control panel:
The top side is very clean, with only the CD, volume and tone controls:
It’s curious that it has the common ‘Bass & Treble’ knobs as seen in many HI-FIs. The BASS knob goes from ‘Narrow’ to ‘Wide’:
Now the heads look completely different, and they have excellent sound!
Here you see the radio station playing:
And here’s the radio:
And here you can see its back:
And that’s all! I hope you enjoyed a lot.