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May 31, 2011

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Terry

According to 1980 and 1981 ads in Popular Science and The Rotarian, IMA is an imprint of the "Craig company (the language translator people)" and the model is the "Stereo Music Center" distributed by DAK Industries Incorporated. A rebadged product from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, perhaps? If so, under what other names was it sold?

http://books.google.com/books?id=qrgopj0sit4C&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=ima+am+fm+cassette+8-track&source=bl&ots=jYoA_TWfu_&sig=SZWsD5I4n2vr8jxP2Etx1-Cz2Ic&hl=en&ei=alXlTYOINcWgtgeVr6WPBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=ima%20am%20fm%20cassette%208-track&f=false

Ken K. in NJ

Terry: Thanks for finding that link! Now I know all I needed to know about this piece, including the original price. Seems like it was being marketed as quite the upscale equipment, sort of the Bose of it's day.

Interesting that in the picture the radio is tuned to 95.4 FM (and the text refers to 104.4 FM). Wonder if they were trying to tell us something about the accuracy of the tuning..

Jeff, thanks again for posting my inquiry.

Terry

The ad lists it as $159 dollars, which is $434 today. My Transoceanic was $125 in 1951, or $1,081 today. It's best to buy your fancy radios several decades after the fact. :)

Ron

Is Dak still around? I remember their catalogs in the 80's. Lots of overpriced electronics. Or at least overpriced for my budget back then.

Looks like you've got quite the Mood Maker there. Nice find!

Mark Roberts

That is some serious turn-of-the-decade bling.

It's entirely possible that the photograph was taken in a country with 100 kHz FM channel spacing -- which is to say, most of the world outside the Americas. Maybe the text was written there, too. That text was set on an IBM Selectric Composer, so it would have been camera-ready and could have come from anywhere.

Keith Beesley

Units that play both cassettes and 8 track tapes are comparatively rare. Don't know how many manufacturers ever made them. When one appears on ebay, it usually goes for at least two or three hundred bucks.

Terry

Chinese review reveals the 909X uses the Si4734/35 DSP chip for FM (only) and finds the radio disappointing on MW and SW. If you only want the 909X for FM, get the exact same radio by buying the Grundig G8 and save $200.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mobile01.com%2Ftopicdetail.php%3Ff%3D180%26t%3D2183593%26p%3D1%2328294107

(link from DXLD Yahoo Group)

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