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The flashy JVC KD-A7 Compact Cassette Player completes my HiFi 

The JVC KD-A7 tape player was the last component I needed to finish assembling my ecletic HiFi.

As well as talking about the JVC KD-A7, in this video I demonstrate any of my HiFi components that haven't already been mentioned as well as throwing in a few tips to help anyone who is thinking of doing something similar. 

Below are links to currently available items that are featured in the video.

Rolling Stones GRRR! on Bluray Audio

Sony MDR-1R Headphones 

Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker

Pro-ject RPM Genie 1.3 Turntable

Mistral DT-307S Bookshelf Speakers

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Reader Comments (14)

Hehe, thanks for the video, but I think you should have got a nicer vintage tape deck, the JVC is well....not kosher! :^)
It don't even have Dolby, just JVC's now defunct ANRS! :-(

And the feel and look of 70-80' JVC equipment is rather 'B-league' compared to Pioneer and SONY for example.
But I guess the JVC deck goes well with the music you had in your pre-recorded collection.... :-) No offence.
I like your Elcaset deck and your other vintage items, but this JVC.... no... :)
Looking forward to the next installment, thanks for a always interesting site to visit!

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Techmoan was into late 80's hiphop, I really didn't see that one coming :)
You should complete the set with a minidisc player, why skip out on that wonderful piece of classic technology.

Enjoyed the series, thanks!

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Thank you again for a great review.
I tend to agree with Matte, you should have something more worthy as the JVC.
I happen to have a Technics RS-B965 with three heads, Dolby B and C as well as DBX noise reduction in perfect condition.
It is available for any reasonable offer as I have converted all my K7 tapes to MP3...

June 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

No audio cassette player looks as cool as the Pioneer CT3000:

I am not selling mine :) , even though I have actually digitized my cassettes, but those were all home recordings, from vinyl and radio.

June 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJörgen Baumwolle

You are right - that is a looker. I've never seen that model before, thanks for the info.

June 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Interesting video. I discovered your page through youtube videos, and actually I am following new adds.

As a vintage lover (I am near 50, so I lived the analog era), I collect audio gear that some people simply ignore.

Few years ago I decided to unearth my vinyls and cassettes collection and to buy some equipment. Actually I have cassette decks, turntables, R2R, and I've got a problem with the links to the amplifier. I've seen a good answer to my question in your video (7' 23"): a switch box. So, can you tell me where can I got it? I've been searching through amazon and there are only items with 3 switches (yours looks better).

Thank you so much, and keep posting!

March 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaume Martí

Two questions, What country are you in, and how many devices do you want to connect. I have a few switch boxes I could link you to, but what link I post depends on the answer to these two questions.

March 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well, I usually use 5 decks (though I have a few more, I usually listen to these), two r2r and one turntable. I assume that linking all of them is not easy...

And I live in Spain.

Thank you for your quick answer.

March 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaume Martí

Both items are in the USA, but these are the switchboxes with the most inputs that I've been able to find.

March 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Wow! I've never seen switch boxes with so many options. That's what I'm looking for.
Well done!
Thank you very much for your help!

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaume Martí

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