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Aiwa CS-600U: Flawed Yet Fetching

Discussion in 'Stereo2Go classifieds (not auctions)' started by Easthelp, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Easthelp

    Easthelp Member

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    IN COSMETICALLY GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION

    DIMENSIONS (AS SEEN ON eBAY):


    20.5 IN x 12 IN x 6 IN

    MUST CAUTION:

    THE CASSETTE DECK DOES NOT WORK; THE TAPE-HEADS MECHANISM DOES NOT RETRACT (FOR SOME REASON), SO THE UNIT WILL NOT EVEN LET AN AUDIOCASSETTE FIT PROPERLY INTO THE TAPE-DECK WELL, LET ALONE PLAY AUDIOTAPES, RECORD TO THEM, ETC.; REPAIR EFFORTS UNSUCCESSFUL; SIMILAR PROBLEM DESCRIBED WITH OTHER CS-600U SOLD ON eBAY IN AUGUST 2012

    FIRST PHOTO':

    FIRST JANUARY 26, 2017 PHOTO' CONCERNING THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    Well, this is the first of the January 26, 2017 photographs taken, with a Nokia Lumia 521 smartphone, of the first Aiwa CS-600U that I dubiously ordered from the eBay seller wattek58 in August 2016. (Shouldn't malign her, though.) Technically, this is the original shipping box of the Aiwa, some weeks after I (sort of) repackaged the boombox after since given up on trying to repair it myself, even with the help of boombox-collecting repair experts here on Stereo2Go (and over on BoomBoxery). A bit of the box of my Helix HX-4633N is showing in the corner of the photo' (taken on my bedroom floor).

    SECOND PHOTO':

    SECOND JANUARY 26, 2017 PHOTO' CONCERNING THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    Second photo', same date. The box, again, is on my bedroom floor. This view is an overhead one (and hopefully without any "Big Feet" sightings, though one can sight my address label ...)

    THIRD PHOTO':

    FIRST JANUARY 27, 2017 PHOTO' CONCERNING THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    Beneath this "bed" of Styrofoam "peanuts" lies the first Aiwa that I ordered after winning an eBay auction for it (some "win" that turned out to be). The gadget was dressed back up in bubble-wrap -- though not as intensely as when it got here. This photo' was taken the day after the first two, sometime in the morning. (Couldn't send any more e-mail pictures the previous day; the WiFi connection or whatever was acting up. And in any case, do I have to unpack the machine for pretty pictures for ... hey, for you guys? Why not? :biggrin:)

    FOURTH PHOTO':

    FIRST JANUARY 27, 2017 PHOTO' OF THE AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    A labour of love: after an occasionally half-sleepy while, digging through the Styrofoam "peanuts" and the bubble-wrap while Johann Sebastian Bach played on the Emerson PD-5098, out finally comes the Aiwa CS-600U, the (ahem) star of this thread. I made myself clear the bedroom desk to take this picture with the stereo alone atop the furniture (with the overhead lights on for the star). Obviously, the carry handle, the telescopic antenna and the power cord are retracted, lying flat, tucked away, etc. (You'll excuse that former-owner left-speaker scarring, won't you? :ok)

    FIFTH PHOTO':

    FIRST JANUARY 28, 2017 PHOTO' OF THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    Look into it: this January 28th photo' -- taken not long after midnight -- stares into the popped-open cassette-deck well of the Aiwa. (Yes, the tape-deck well that is as stirring in EJECT mode sound as it is wanting in the other modes: PLAYBACK, FAST FORWARD, RECORD, etc.)

    SIXTH PHOTO':

    SECOND JANUARY 28, 2017 PHOTO' OF THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    In this second Day 3 photo' of the Stereo 600, parts like the handle, the antenna and the power cord still aren't "up and about." (Soon enough, though.) I literally carried the Sharper Image desk lamp in my lap to use it to get what I felt was the right lighting for the photo' (with the Nokia camera clicking off once or twice, apparently deactivated by the bright light).

    SEVENTH PHOTO':

    THIRD JANUARY 28, 2017 PHOTO' OF THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    Yep, I fussed over this Day 3 photo'. I took picture after picture of the rear data plate of the CS-600U, dissatisfied with the lighting, with the tilt of certain horizontal lines in the image, etc., until I decided, "Oh, hell, just go with this one." Was I too eager to use the "lamp in lap" technique from the previous rear-panel photo' hours earlier? Maybe; any "beginner's skill" didn't seem to last. Anyway, one still sees it all: from the brand name to its power-up needs. Saves me from listing all that data -- and saves you from ennui.

    EIGHTH PHOTO':

    FOURTH JANUARY 28, 2017 PHOTO' OF THE FIRST AIWA CS-600U.JPG

    Broke tape deck or not, for me it's something of an event to plug this Aiwa in: in this case, for the last picture, a RADIO function view of the boombox. I was wondering: "What to listen to, what station to tune" even as "Weekend Edition," the National Public Radio (NPR) program, was on WJCT-FM (89.9 MHz). In fact, I wondered so much that I fell asleep in my increasingly worn-down black swivel chair, feet propped up on the bed and all. I probably woke up once or twice, but stayed awake after waking up sometime after -- what, 11:30 AM? (Shrug) The NPR show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" was on. Desperate to take a good photo' or two before I was "relieved" of the Nokia (mildly put), I tried tuning this frequency, that frequency, mostly referring to that TheCityOfJacksonville.com list of radio stations broadcasting from or into northeast Florida. You know: trying to find a radio station playing some mid- to uptempo jam that would convince me to take a photo' or two of the Aiwa while it played the music, with the MODE set to STEREO and, of course, the Dynamic Super Loudness (DSL) switched on. Easier said than done, hence all that indecisive snoozing earlier on. But there it is ...

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  2. Easthelp

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    PM me if interested. I'm asking for $110 for the Aiwa. I'm obviously taking a loss, but I have to staunch the cash loss at some point.
     
  3. Radio Raheem

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    Iv just thought easthelp, is you're first 600 set to the correct voltage, if not there might not be enough power getting to the deck lad, just a thought mate
     
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    Well, Reno, uh, yeah; I mean, the stereo operates well in RADIO and LINE IN mode. So that should mean that the voltage selector is set correctly to the 110V - 120V range of that right-side-located switch ... right? In any case, parts of the cassette-deck mechanism are somehow "seized up," jammed against one one, as I've written about for a while now on this machine. It's not necessarily obvious to most people -- that is, to non-repairers like me (sigh) -- when one glances into the tape-deck well. But that annoyance becomes clear when one tries to fit an audiocassette into the well. In the Maxell, TDK or whatever goes. But there's no closing the tape-deck door with an audiotape in it. That pleasing whirr of the tape-deck door when it opens starts becoming quite annoying when one keeps hearing it while one keeps trying and keeps failing to get the darned thing to close with an audiocassette in it. (Scowl) Not sure that clicking such a switch will un-jam anything. (Shrug)

    In any case: surely you're not asking me to unpack that kind of neatly repacked, stowed-away CS-600U just to gaze at -- and maybe photograph -- the voltage selector switch? No offense, but come on. It's half as bad as opening the boombox itself (LOL) ...
     
  5. Radio Raheem

    Radio Raheem Well-Known Member S2G Supporter

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    lol ok leave it in the box, it was just a thought, i diddn't realize the box was packed away:wink:
     
  6. Easthelp

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    Okay, let's take it down a bit :shrug: It's now ready for $105 -- again, if you're able to stop by to pick it up.
     
  7. Radio Raheem

    Radio Raheem Well-Known Member S2G Supporter

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    Why not give the box to someone lad, thats what i would do:wink:
     
  8. Easthelp

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    Disenchanting suggestions from our Reno notwithstanding, I just stopped by to say (clear throat):


    The price is now one hundred dollars. To make like Mr Marley and lively up this dance, one naturally has to stop by these Jacksonville, Florida neck of the woods.
     
  9. Easthelp

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    The Aiwa CS-600U can be yours today for ninety dollars. Part with some cash and you get to carry off this pleasingly polygonal, "Wounded Yet Winsome" shortwave-tuner with a (hopefully) repairable tape deck.
     
  10. Easthelp

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    No takers yet? The one-piece portable -- with a pleasingly squared carry handle -- can be taken from here for eighty-five dollars. Minutes after you show up, it's yours.
     

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