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Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)
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Hello all,  New to the forum as I am after some help please.


I recently purchased an old set of Technics seperates and am missing one of the remote cables that links the amp to the tape deck and also the amp to the tuner.  I have one cable so can only use one or the other.  I took some pics on my i-phone but they aren't very good.  The cable has three wires with little plastic connectors at each end and I was wondering if anyone re-manufactures these or if its a case of trying to find one second hand?


The system is:


Amp = SU-X101
Tape = RS-X101
Tuner = SI-X301L


I will try to upload pics but hopefully someone will know what I'm rambling about.  I don't even know the correct name for the cable to look it up if someone knows that?

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

Are you on about the cable that is a bit like speaker cable but with 3 wires and it goes from AMP = Control to Tuner and also TUNER = Control to Amp. Same on Tape Deck also. I know which cable you mean your best bet might be to look on ebay or get some speaker wire with an extra piece of wire to make 3 and bodge it on either of the control terminals, unfortunately you wont have the plastic connector but if you can make a connection you are laughing! thats what I'd try. I'm trying to move away from Technics because of these cable issues.

 Unfortunately this is a Technics Propriety cable.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I believe we are talking about the same cable yes.  I thought the output on the back of the amp etc said remote but it may have been control as thats ringing a bell now.  Its the only cable you can't buy nowadays as the others are phono and jacks.  Out of all the pictures I took the only one thats vaguely in focus is this one:




So is that called a "Technics Propriety Cable" ?


I have tried the usual ebay but I couldn't find anyone selling these and I think its the plastics clips on the end thats going to be a killer.  I could try to mak up my own but I wouldn't really know where to start.  Plus the pins are so close together that the wires would probably end up touching.


It looks like I am going to have to buy another seperate thats being sold with the cables which is not the ideal obviously.


Any help would be gratefully received.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)
Acme:So is that called a "Technics Propriety Cable" ?

Not quite: it's a proprietary Technics cable - ie one made by Technics to suit its products, rather than being a standard aftermarket one such as a phono-to-phono lead or HDMI cable.

You may find a suitable cable, or at least the components to make one, at electronics parts outlets such as Maplin, RS Components Farnell or Leotronics.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

Thanks Andrew.


I looked in my local maplins but if I'm completely honest I was actually looking for the cable complete and not the components.  I may try again.


Is there anywhere online that may see the connector ends please?

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I'd have a look through the sites of some of those companies I mentioned: it's unlikely Technics made up a plug/socket itself, and it's probably an industry standard board to board connector the company bought in and used for these cables.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I've had a look but there appears to be millions of them!


Do you know what this type of connector is called please to help me narrow down the search?  Sorry to be a pain.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

Well, it looks like a four-pin model, but beyond that...

One answer might be to take one of the units it connects into a large Maplin - the ones with an order desk with a knowledgeable assistant - and as for guidance. Technics sold a lot of systems, and they've probably been asked for one before: could even be it's a design used in something unconnected such as radio control models or the like...

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I'm sure it's the 3-pin model, tbh take it too Maplin (the control cable) and see if they can do anything to help you.

 

Other than that if it was me I'd try to make the cable myself -  Like my Technics I can use the components withut control vable aslonh as I dont have them powering from the amp if I do it so they have there own Power supply (kettle lead plug) I can use all my components without the need for the control cable. Dont know about your setup

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

Right looking at a SUX-101 now and the Tape Deck doesn't actually have its own independent power supply whereas the Tuner does so the Tuner you would get away with using just on the plug, BUT the Tape deck requires the power from the amp through that control cable - tbh I'd dump that tape deck (stick it on ebay) and get a different one, it'll plug into and run from your Tape In's and Out's on your amp no problem.

 

I don't have ANY of my control leads plugged in and everything works fine and it's supposed to work with control cables, tbh I think it's to do with the remote control working all of the decks but I've never had a problem and my Technics system is all the same system but works fine.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

Thanks guys, and yes its the 3 pin type.


I will try Maplins when I am next in town.


In the meantime I will look into the non useage of the remote cable too.  I obviously have one cable so if the tape deck needs it then maybe I can utilise it for the tape deck and run the tuner without??  I will have to give it a go!

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I don't know if this helps any, but have you tried 'phoning Technics/Panasonic? Several years ago I needed to track down some obscure parts for a 1980's Technics power amp. At that time, Technics gave me a 'phone number for a third-party company who provided all the spares for all their models. That company (who's name I now can't remember) had all the circuit diagrams for Technics products, identified the parts I needed very quickly, and had those parts in the post to me the same day for not much money at all, paid for on a Credit Card. Whether that service still exists I don't know, but it may be worth a quick 'phone call. Good luck!

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I hadn't thought of that no as I assumed they wouldn't be interested due to the age of the system.  Thanks I will bear it in mind.

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

I would just like to thank everyone for your help on this thread. Smile


Especially cjackson whose advice was spot on.  I used the one cable I have to power the tape deck and the tuner runs without.  I have a fully working system and a smile on my face with tunes in my garage. Smile :)

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

please dont think im being rude but your systems probably that old that your not going to get the sonic ability out of this sytem that once was ?

wouldent an upgrade be more worthwhile?

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Re: Technics seperates cable help - old system (early 90's?)

maybe not just read its your garage kit! enjoy mate

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