(1979 - 1984)
the most successful "mini" system ever sold during high-fidelity's
good times. Not only did Aiwa sell many, but several other manufacturer's
rebadged Aiwa's and sold the same components under their own name
have found so far four different versions : BASF
(who attempted several times to crash the audio market), Metz
(yes - the photographic flash maker, who also attempted several
times to crash the audio market), Uher
later on with a radically different design and Wega.
The latter rebadge being quite strange given Sony's 100% ownership
since 1975... even if Aiwa was under 52% Sony ownership and many sharing of engineers and factories.
Other versions were made, too, even if briefly and only in select
cast aluminium, steel enclosures - and surprisingly good sound to
boot. Like Sony's Precise
P7 or the Toshiba
System 15, this was all the 1970s could offer in quality budget
with the upcoming 1980s' slick and unobtrusive packages.
As for the Sony
Falcon, naturally, Japan saw a myriad of 22 dedicated racks
and accessories and lower-end versions which would require an entire
TVK to be displayed properly ; the four racks below are nevertheless
the most interesting.
produced many later versions until 1983 but none had the success
of the original "22". Only Sony managed to top Aiwa's
success with its Heli
system, known as FH-7
will find a review by David Price here
and many nudies of some here.
the buttons below for details of each unit of the series !