Friday, November 5, 2010

Alpine CDA-7903 Pull-Out CD Tuner

A closer look of my Alpine 7903. I bought it from the original owner back in either 1990 or 1991. I'll never forget his 1980's Trans-Am that looked like a total rust bucket, but when the guy opened the door to show me the Alpine, the interior was immaculate! He had gold plated RF amps, dual 12" Kicker C-12 subs and 6.5 separates in the doors. I can't remember exactly why he was selling the Alpine, but I do remember haggling him down from $300 to $280. Remember folks, back then, this unit cost $500 new. I used this unit for about 7 or 8 years until the CD mechanism refused to eject my CD. I decided to put it up and maybe get it repaired one day. As you can see by the picture, it is still in GREAT condition!

This goes back to when the high-end head units lacked built-in power. The 7903 has dual RCA outputs for front + rear and a very simple design. These units were not flashy, but produced excellent sound quality. See an excellent example of this Japanese-built electronics art:


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