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old skool Alpine 7909 cd player #291/300

After a long search, numerous bumping threads, I finally got my Holy grail Alpine 7909 30th anniversary model, #291/300.
Anyways, I havent installed it yet, so heres some pics.
Paid $700 for it which is a great deal !

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What is it about this particular head unit that makes it good?  Is it build quality, sound quality?


These units original came out in 88-1989ish and was top of the line back then (and still is today)

The limited 30th anniversary model came on in 1997, which Alpine only made
300 units. It had a bronze plated chassis, better RCA cables and other refinements.

It recently won an award as the best ever sounding car cd player.
Original MSRP was $1200
The build quality, sound quality is next to none.
This is/was the must have unit for the Japanese audiophiles.

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2009/02/10/418388.html










Robb

Added info:

Depending where you are in the world, there were 4 7909 models:
- 7909 U.S.
- 7909L U.K-EUROPE
- 7909J JAPAN
- 7909 30th anniversary edition U.S.


1.) The original 7909 has the "pull out" feature. Basically, you can slide out the head unit from your dash. While so many people jump up and down yelling, "that's cool," The consumers in Japan will not accept that. The pull out feature results in each connection, each contact meets a barrier since the 7909 basically "plugs into" it's cage. In other words, the signal is sent, met by the cage terminals but still needs to send that signal to your amplifier...it's not a constant flow. Alpine 7909 30th anniversary and 7909J, do not have the pull out feature and, each connection, each contact has a direct path to your amplifier. Believe me, that pull out feature was a major failure in the original 7909.

2.)The 30th anniversary and 7909J have small black box marked, "Alpine." That is actually a small external DC/DC convertor....the results is a cleaner power supply, cleaner signal and a more solid image. Original 7909 does not have that.

3.) 7909J has a "Black Out" CDS button. Press it and all tone control and lights circuits on the head unit are turned off. This allows a cleaner signal as a result of less interference and full voltage being needing to feed only the laser and spinning mechanism.
The 30th anniversary and original model has the CDS Button. It's a tone control bypass switch. There is an amber led that comes on when engaged. It bypasses the two sliders on the top of the unit....bypassing what is know as a noisier section of cd players. Cool feature.

4.) Vocals are cleaner. There's more detail with out the brightness that original 7909 has.

5.) 7909 30th anniversary and 7909J have Copper plated chassis for noise/interference reduction.

6.) All models play CD-R.
89 LX SOHC ZC

Sweet Dude.
4dred6

89 LX SOHC ZC wrote:
Sweet Dude.
EF Sedan Enthusiast

I've personally dealt with this deck. What an amazing piece. Didn't think they were still out there. Awesome find!
89ef2

Re: old skool Alpine 7909 cd player #291/300

Robb wrote:

Paid $700 for it which is a great deal !

Original MSRP was $1200

Shocked
Robb

EF Sedan Enthusiast wrote:
I've personally dealt with this deck. What an amazing piece. Didn't think they were still out there. Awesome find!


Thanks.
Supposedly this guy has 20 ! Not sure if hes telling the truth.

http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/1851132-post8.html

His ad

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/ele/3675123368.html
EF Sedan Enthusiast

What speakers are you using?
Robb

EF Sedan Enthusiast wrote:
What speakers are you using?


I havent installed the Alpine, but you can see my other CRX system here:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3011400/1990-honda-crx/page-6/

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