This model was the sucessor
of the HS-G08 but with the idea of making it far
more affordable the it's predecessor, thanks
to the lack of logic control. However,
it was one of the AIWA's top models that year.
The G09 has a metallic body and it feels sturdy.
It's very compact and its weight remembers you
it's not a cheap plastic player. The case is one of
the best I've seen on a walkman, as
access to buttons and controls, and also to the tape
without having to pick out the player of the
case, like in many other players.
This model represented the beginning
of the end of the mechanical buttons in
AIWA's line. After the G09, AIWA released almost
every high quality model with logic control system
in years to come. SONY was a step behind in this
technology for years, as they had not top models
to compete with AIWA's top line.
AIWA's HS-J09 (also named HS-J600 outside of the asian market) was its bigger brother, with the
same features and the addition of radio and recording
SONY's alternative that year was the WM-60, with
similar features like auto reverse, Dolby B and
EQ but it was much bigger that G09
and came without case.
The sound quality is quite good. When used without
EQ, it sounds equilibrated. Quite good highs but
high hiss too. The EQ does it's job very well, with
very noticeable effect. The controlled frecuencies are probably the same as the G08: 100 Hz, 330Hz, 1kHz, 3.3kHz and 10kHz. When properly ajusted, the
sound gets much better, with cristal-clear highs
and mediums. However, the bass is not as good as
a dynamic bass amplification (like AIWA's DSL), but
does the job.
With Dolby ON, like many other models, the highs
are cut noticeably, so the sound is a bit cut off,
and although the EQ can compensate this, the result
is not the same.
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 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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