Pioneer P-D1

1 9 8 2 september 1982
1 9 8 3 1983

Pioneer's first CD player was entirely home-made - laser-block and d/a conversion excluded.

As produced, the P-D1 surely did not comply to Pioneer's earlier attempt to include 4-channel surround sound in the upcoming DAD format, as implemented in the Model 1516 prototype.
The feature still was a "possible option" as late as april 1981 and Philips wasn't entirely against it either...

The P-D1, in its final shape, as presented at the 1982 Japan Audio Fair, was ready (and shown) at the october 1981 Fair, but marketed only a year later, during the official japanese launch of CD in october 1982. The last (brief) pre-production sample was btw named PL-1000.

At 198,000¥ in 1983, the P-D1 was near the top of th 1st gen' crop but seemingly didn't sell much and is nowadays an x-rare rarity nowadays.

My own P-D1 unfortunately wanders more than it actually plays music so I cannot comment on its sound qualities... But it is part of the units I will never ever let go.

The P-D1 is design-wise one of the true masterpieces with not only the two-piece structured transparent hub but a work on textures, hairline anodization and edge details (generally not Pioneer's forte) which is near perfection.

Pioneer P-D1, image 1 Pioneer P-D1, image 2 Pioneer P-D1, image 3
Pioneer P-D1 specifications
Title Value
Frequency response : 5Hz...20Khz (± 0,5dB)
S/N ratio : 90dB
Dynamic range : 90dB
Stereo separation : 90dB (1Khz)
THD : 0,006% (1Khz ; 0dB output)
Output level : 190mV (1Khz)
PC : 36W
Dimensions : 42 x 14 x 33cm
Weight : 12,1kg
List price : 198,000Y (1982)
2500DM (1983)
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  • Pioneer P-D1 : this is one nice CDP!                             (6)last updated by deniss_ - 08/08/2011, 20H46
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