There were lots of great casette decks back then - Nakamichi was certainly one of the ones we all lusted over, and Teac had an extremely broad line-up from cheap to audiophile. Aiwa was there too - but they weren't the only ones - Pioneer, Marantz, Akai, Tandberg, Grundig and, of course, Luxman - there were many good ones to choose from, none of which I could afford!
For a walk down memory lane...Vintage Cassette - The independent cassette deck resource
Originally Posted by Zorrofox
Obviously I'm a bit older but I remember Aiwa's home cassette decks in particular as being very desirable. In fact only maybe TEAC & Nakamichi (*sigh*) had a better reputation for cassette decks in the late 70's - 80's. It changed in the early 90's I think when Sony took over. Can't have their "budget" brand producing superior equipment, can we? Lol.
The rivalry between Aiwa & Sony in the portable marketplace was a bit like the modern rivalry between Apple with their iPod thingy and everyone else. Trendies by the Apple (bought the Walkman) but those in the know bought D2 et al (Aiwa). Of course Sony still had the King of them all in the shape of the Pro recorder - I forget the model designation - which could often be seen doubling up for use as a source in home hi-fi set-ups.