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Old 16th December 2002, 02:56 PM   #1
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Default transistors and loudspeaker drivers in Tokyo?

Just planning a visit...

Tokyo (the Akaibara district I believe) was once famous because you could buy all kinds of gadgets cheaply.

Are there also good places to buy Toshiba, Sanken, Hitachi transistors? And loudspeaker drivers?

Curious,

Eric
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Old 16th December 2002, 03:35 PM   #2
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I came across the following link: http://www.tnt-audio.com/tours/akihabara_e.html, maybe it's helpful.
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Old 16th December 2002, 03:38 PM   #3
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Eric:

Akihabara has changed a LOT over the years. At one time it was a very nice place for DIY audio-builders, but many of the good shops have since closed down or shifted to other types of products. Most of the district now caters to computers, game computers, digital cameras, and the ever-present cellular phones. But it is still a fun place to visit.

As a one-stop source for semiconductors, I suggest Wakamatsu, because they have a decent, well-rounded selection overall. Other shops may be better (and cheaper) for specific device manufacturers, but Wakamatsu is the most convenient. Wakamatsu also carries audio-grade capacitors (Elna, BlackGate, Sanyo OsCon, Nichicon Muse), and resistors (Kiwames and so on).

Kaijin Musen doesn't carry semiconductors, but their selection of passive components is better than that of Wakamatsu (the Mogami RCA chassis jacks are good and cheap).

For speaker units you could try Hino Musen or Koizumi Musen.

Perhaps it is an idea to pick up the latest issue of M&J (formerly Musen to Jikken) and pore over the advertisements for suitable shops before you leave for Japan.

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Old 17th December 2002, 08:47 AM   #4
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Jonathan,

thank you very much. I think this will help to guide me when I have a day to spare. Are all these stores in Akihabara? Is M&J a magazine that can be found at major airports?

Regards,

Eric

PS: Just checked the tnt link, will also make good reading.
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Old 17th December 2002, 09:30 AM   #5
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Eric: Yes, the stores that I mentioned are all in Akihabara.

I don't think that you will find 'MJ Audio Technology' at airports, but some of the bigger bookstores that carry Japanese books (such as Kinokuniya) may carry it. If not, try the following links.

Publisher's website (all in Japanese)
http://www.seibundo-net.co.jp/CGI/se...n&c_bunrui=Z04

MJ ordering procedure outlined
http://www10.big.or.jp/~dh/faq/mj/

It looks like EIFL sells individual copies (and they do have English-speaking staff)
http://www.eifl.co.jp/index/export/book.htm

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