Hack an old Boombox to give line in  

The execution’s a bit sloppy and as some commenters have pointed out, he could probably have just used the DIN socket, but the concept’s good:

Hacking a line-in socket into an 80s radio and cassette player

As well as allowing connection of phones and other media players, it will allow playback of the PS-F5/9 through the boombox speakers.  A relatively inexpensive way of getting good quality sound (good quality boomboxes can be had for some very reasonable prices on eBay) with the bonus of keeping your kit in the right decade 😉

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TNT Triple T Speaker Cables  

Over 10 years ago, a friend of mine (the original Og) gave me a pair of splendid home made speaker cables that he’d made from CAT5 network cable that was being thrown away at his work. They sat waiting to be used until about 2 years ago when I purchased a pair of Heco Victa 201s for a steal on a local pick up only eBay auction.


These speaker cables tick all of my boxes- they look good, are reusing old tech which would have probably ended up in landfill, and best of all they sound great.

If you’re after some inexpensive speaker cable, see if you can locate some used network cable and plait yourself some audio clarity. Somewhere like Freecycle (or its new guise in your location – mine’s called Greencycle which is part of the Freegle network: the best bet in the UK) would be a good place to ask, or maybe try calling a local networking company to see if they’ve ripped out any old cable lately.


Check the instructions and further info here.

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Good Condition PS-F5 For Sale  

There’s one for sale in Canada at the moment which looks good.

View the sale page here.


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NOS APM-09 Speakers on eBay if you’re feeling flush  

A nice set of APM 090s just appeared on eBay from a seller in New York. I got myself a pair of these a while back, but they’re nowhere near this condition.

Check the auction here…

Hadn’t seen the direct speaker connector before. Might have to make myself one of those (mine came with none of the extras).

The seller was good enough to upload scans of some of the instruction manual, which is good for me! Here’s the auction’s images (click to enlarge).

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PS-F5 With A Problem  

Just spotted this video on YouTube:


The speed detection component has failed

Can anyone help? (If there is anyone with a unit for spares, let me know as I regularly get requests through this site.)

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Couple more PS-F5s on eBay  

One in Germany and one in Italy.

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Tidy Looking PS-F5 For Sale on U.S. eBay  

Looks fairly tidy, boxed with what looks like all the original items. Shame the photos look like they’ve been taken through an ice cube.

As I type this the bidding is up to US $224.60 and its still not met its reserve price with 6 days to go.

Seeing that manual reminds me, does anyone have one they could scan so I can share it on this site? That’d be nice.

eBay Auction page

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Super Midget  

Not seen one of these before. I like the design, but the build quality looks pretty crumby.


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From their website:

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Cuttin’ Vinyl  

This has been doing the internet rounds lately.

(Read about the process of making this on Ishac’s site)


Then I saw a link to this:


Which predates the first by a long, long time!

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