A BRIEF DESCRIPTION
The PX101 probably represent
AIWA's first try to build a real competitor to
the good sounding DD machines from SONY, specially to the DD100 Boodo Khan. With
Dolby C, parametric DLS-EX and high quality headphones,
this walkman was announced as being the "world's
best sounding personal stereo" at the
time, back in 1987.
AIWA's DSL explanation, taken from the '88
Headphone Stereo catalogue (page 6).
It's probably one of the best sounding stereos
from AIWA (only the PX303 and the PX1000 achieves
similar performance, probably) and it's design
is very stylish, with feather-touch operation
buttons on the door.
The PX101 was also one of the first AIWA to
have a remote (first one was the G08, three years
before), that it's connected to a second 3.5mm
jack, beside the headphones jack. A few years
after these two jacks become one.
This model can be powered, like many other AIWAs,
from an acid gumstick battery (which these days
are all dead) or with a pair of AAA.
In 1987, no other brand
had a true competitor to PX101; only the SONY
DD100 Boodo Khan, which remained the same for
three years could achieve a comparable sound
quality (in fact, probably with less wow&flutter),
but with worst equalization. So I
can say that the PX101 was the absolutely top
player in the world that year, with a size only
a bit bigger than the WM-101 and a sound quality
and equalization options much better.
Many say that the PX101 was the best sounding
player AIWA ever made.
We have here one of
the top players ever, so it's rate is top level
too... Trebles are crisp and clean, and the whole
music is powerful; the EQ is superb. But the
Dolby system, as many other walkmans, cuts the
high frecuencies so much, specially when C-type is active.
For rating the sound quality, we use a pair of
high quality Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones,
and a test tape (Maxell XL-II) with a high quality
recording made with a SONY D6C professional portable deck.
However, this is a personal opinion and it's
not intended to be a precision rating.
Before testing it, it was taken to a
professional technician for examine, repair and
fine adjusting. Remember these are old machines
and internal belts stops working properly after
some time. Of course, head and rollers have been
carefully cleaned before testing.
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