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Old 22nd April 2018, 11:36 AM   #11
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After a long search, numerous bumping threads, I finally got my Holy grail Alpine 7909 30th anniversary model, #291/300.
Someone had contacted me stating they had a mint in box unit. I paid $700 shipped which was fair.
Anyways, I havent installed it yet, so heres some pics.
Congratulations!
A fantastic HU.
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Old 22nd April 2018, 11:48 AM   #12
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These units original came out in 88-1989ish and was top of the line back then (and still is today)

The limited 30th anniversary model came on in 1997, which Alpine only made
300 units. It had a bronze plated chassis, better RCA cables and other refinements.

It recently won an award as the best ever sounding car cd player.
Original MSRP was $1200
The build quality, sound quality is next to none.
This is/was the must have unit for the Japanese audiophiles.

Alpine's 7909 Head Unit Wins 'Best Ever' CD Receiver Award
About type sound, Nakamichi MCT1 is for me a direct competitor and i prefer it.
But shades only.
Two maximum performances, and i prefer the Alpine's construction.
It's a pity unfortunately i don't know the ECD-510.
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Old 22nd April 2018, 12:01 PM   #13
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Depending where you are in the world, there were 4 7909 models:
- 7909 U.S.
- 7909L U.K-EUROPE
- 7909J JAPAN
- 7909 30th anniversary edition U.S.


1.) The original 7909 has the "pull out" feature. Basically, you can slide out the head unit from your dash. While so many people jump up and down yelling, "that's cool," The consumers in Japan will not accept that. The pull out feature results in each connection, each contact meets a barrier since the 7909 basically "plugs into" it's cage. In other words, the signal is sent, met by the cage terminals but still needs to send that signal to your amplifier...it's not a constant flow. Alpine 7909 30th anniversary and 7909J, do not have the pull out feature and, each connection, each contact has a direct path to your amplifier. Believe me, that pull out feature was a major failure in the original 7909.

6.) All models play CD-R.
Never had a problem with a 7909L, super sound and constantly.
Fixed connection are sure better in general, and for this model i think possible a tweak.
For this Alpine the CD-R must have great quality.
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