What is stereo?

There are now two system of high fidelity, monophonic (monaural) and stereophonic. Monophonic is a system that starts from one microphone and is fed through a single high fidelity set. Stereophonic is a double system. Two separate microphones are placed at different sides of the orchestra and two different systems are used to keep the two signals or channels separated. Two separate speakers are used, placed on different sides of you room. Stereo is much like 3-D photography, two slightly different sound reach your ears giving you a new dimension in sound.

H.H. Scott '59


 Anniversary Model Reflects CEC's Wealth of Expertise
In 1954, the very first high-precision phono motor was born in the research lab of CEC. From the outset, our engineers were fully aware of the critical relationship between vibration control and sound quality. Not surprisingly, this origibal product called FR216 became an instant hit with manufactures as well as with knowledgeable audiophiles. During the forty years which have passed since then, CEC has continued its dedicated pursuit of vibration control in the interest of true musical fidelity. With the FR-XL1, CEC now proudly presents a top-of -the-line model that incorporates the fruits of our relentless research efforts. It is an analog record player boasting superb sound and impressive looks, truly suitable for a 40-year (1994) anniversary model.
 NF Ceramics Material Assures Effective Vibration Suppression
In order to maintain the purity of musical signal extracted from the analog record, the other sections of the player must also correspond to the highest standards regarding choice of materials and quality of construction. Superb results can be achieved only when reliable vibration control is assured throughout. For this reason, the FR-Xl1 employs NF ceramics material for both the dual-layer chassis and the turntable. Among currently available products, this material offers by far the best vibration suppression and damping characteristics. Rigidity and attenuation characteristics are further improved by the dual-layer Y-shaped design of the chasis. Keeping the surface area to a minimum provides a further contribution to ideal vibration control.
 3DD Suspension Revolutionizes the Concept of Vibration Control
When wishing to faithfully extract the highly complex musical information contained on an analog record, total freedom from harmful vibrations and resonances is an essential prerequisite. To realize this aim, the FR-XL1 introduces a new concept called 3-Dimension Damping, or 3DD for short. A Y-shaped dual-layer construction using three-point tiptoe supports at every suspension point ensures total isolation of the turntable in the top layer. Teh 3DD suspension points employ a combination of springs and special rubber belts arranged at a right angle. The elasticity of the rubber provides effective damping in the horizontal as well as the vertical plane. This three dimensional "floating" principle protects not only the drive section but also the turntable itself from any harmful vibrations arising within the unit. Any external vibrations such as caused by sound pressure or transmitted by the floor and other surfacec are also reliably absorbed by this innovative design.
 Other Features
Low-cogging, low-torque 3-phase brushless FG servo motor achieves unprecedented rotational stability.
Electromagnetic interference and maechanical vibrations are totally shut out by enclosing the motor in a metal housing and using belt drive.
Massive turntable (10 kg) uses dual-layer construction of NF ceramics and brass to minimize normal-mode vibrations.
Separate power supply unit eliminates adverse influences on mechanism section.
Cable link between power supply and mechanism uses an outer shield plus separate additional shielding for the two FG servo leads. DIN connector and plug of the cable are gold-plated.
3-speed design accommmodates also 78 rpm records.
Mountable Tone-arms:  Effective length max. 310 mm (up to two tone arms when optional additional arm base is used)
FR-XL1 is supplied without tone-arm, cartridge, and dust cover
Speeds:  33, 45 and 78 rpm
Speed Adjustment:  ±30% control knob (for 78 rpm only)
Drive Principle:  3-phases brushless FG servo motor
Turntable:  Distinct-material dual-layer construction, inertia moment 950 kgcm²
Suspension:  3DD suspension using spring and rubber damping
Main Unit:  Ceramic material (NF ceramics)
Dimensions (W x D x H):  550 x 445 x 137 mm
Weight:  15 kg, inner turntable 6 kg, outer turntable 4 kg
Power Supply:  Housed in separate unit
Dimensions (W x D x H):  100 x 260 x 66 mm
Weight:  2 kg

Base : 600 x 510 x 50 mm (W x D x H), additional arm base

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