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Pioneer PDR-555RW

Stereo Compact Disc Recorder (1998-99)

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Pioneer PDR-555RW

Specifications

Disc format: CD

Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic range: 99dB

Signal to Noise Ratio: 113dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.0017%

Line output: 2V

Digital outputs: coaxial, optical

Dimensions: 420 x 385 x 105mm

Weight: 4.8kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1998

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Reviewed Jun 20th, 2015 by guest

Top of the Pioneer's learning curve on CD recorders, the best CD recorder ever, period. Not as lavishly build as the PDR-05/99 family, but still good build quality.
Easy to service (compared to a serviceman nightmare PDR-05), super-reliable, except for the nasty Elna battery capacitor leaking corrosive electrolyte - this one MUST be removed to prevent irreversible damage, if not too late already.
Removing the muting AND zero level trannys at audio output (Q405, 406, 407, 408) and bypassing the output capacitors C425, 426 with a copper wire will make it sound a lot nicer than original, but this is a recording machine in the first place. The output audio section has its limitations.

 

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