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Sanyo M-9970

Portable Radio Cassette Player (1978-79)

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Sanyo M-9970


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Reviewed Jun 17th, 2019 by


Reviewed Apr 01st, 2019 by

Sanyo M9970K

I picked up this old, dirty, sticker-festooned boombox from the thrift store in Newmarket for $9.99. In the store, I checked it out thorougly - motor works, it powers up, power cable is included, antenna is intact - a pleasant surprise; and nothing was broken. Except the belts were probably shot. And it was filthy - dusty and the metal components were more corroded that I have seen before. Probably used in a moist location - a shed maybe.

It is a design that I am not used to. Typicaly boom box shape - centre cassette player record, with speakers on either side. The speakers are Coaxial - that is a tweeter in the center of the main driver. It has FM, AM and two shortwave bands SW1 and SW2. A meter long antenna extends upwards. It has inputs for phono, tape play and rec and dual stereo mix inputs with remote. It has connectors for external speakers, a spade terminal for ground and dual spade terminals for an external FM antenna. A 1/4 headphone jack rounds out the inputs and outputs. The belts have indeed perished, so I can't comment on the tape deck quality. It has a needle style analog VU meter AND green and red LED sound level meters. Analog tape counter. Stereo wide, normal and mono. Can play and record on normal and CRO2 cassettes. Stereo FM LED with AFC. Dual condenser mics for live recordings.

It dates to as early as 1978, and seems to have been in production until 1980. So that puts it right in the disco era.

A great sounding, well built, heavy boom box. They don't make them like this anymore.



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