AIWA AF-5080 Music Center
Updated 12 April 2020
The AIWA AF-5080 was the top of the line all-in-one music center
available from AIWA in 1976. This beautiful machine boasted an
integrated stereo amplifier rated as a reasonably powerful 24 watt
(@ 8Ω) per channel output. Typical of this era, the Music Center
included a record turntable player, compact cassette deck with
Dolby noise reduction, and stereo radio tuner.
AIWA AF-5080 Music Center
High ease of use combined with superior, sophisticated quality.
This device is characterized by a particularly practical feature,
namely; start and stop when recording using a cassette device
are synchronized with the tonearm attachment point, i.e. the tape
only runs when the tape head scans the record groove.
• AFC can be switched off
• Tuning Meter
• Power amplifier with 2x55 watts music power at 4Ω
• Loudness switch
• Pushbutton program selector switch
Cassette Deck with Dolby noise reduction system and
triple band type selector switch LH, CrO2, FeCr
Turntable drive with rhyme drive and automatic tonearm switch
Antiskating and magnetic pickup system
Music performance: 2x55W@4Ω; 2x30W@8Ω
Sinusoidal power (both channels controlled according to DIN45500 1kHz): 2x28W@4Ω; 2x24W@8Ω
Power range: at 0.3% distortion factor: 30Hz to 20kHz
THD: at nominal power: 0.1%
Semiconductors: 7 IC, 52 transistors, 22 diodes, 1 FET, 3 LED
Power supply: 180 Watt
Dimensions: 205(H) x 590(B) x 395(I)mm
AIWA AF-5080 Stereo Music Center
The AIWA AF-5080 stereo music center is a beautiful piece of
1970s audio electronics. While it is not quite as powerful as
the standalone AX-7500 stereo amplifier, this unit still gives
a powerful kick. The all in one nature of the unit allows for
quality system integration features like automatic start and
stop recording of records on the compact cassette. The cassette
deck has a wide range of dynamic settings for recording onto
cassette tapes of that era.
The turntable appears to be well made and compliments the rest of the system.
I do wonder how well the turntable mechanism survives the three decades to now.
I will need to be very careful in selecting any equipment that comes
up for sale on the second-hand market. The turntable platter is recessed into the
top faux-wood portion of the unit. The cassette storage area on the left
side does look awkward and makes it feel like the cassette player is a
clunky late addition to the AIWA AF-5080 configuration.
It is interesting that the marketing material shows a tabletop
condenser microphone connected to the music center. I assume that
the marketers intended the reader to think about using this
system to record their own notes and Karaoke.
The information provided on this page is translated from historical material
and may not be accurate or accurately translated. It is provided
for entertainment purposes only.
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