CD player CDXMy focus has long been only on the CD players from Philips. But then I noticed this shapely case. This is the Bang & Olufsen CDX type 5121. Responsible for this still futuristic looking CD player with dark tinted glass and aluminum was the former B & O designer Jacob Jensen. The CDX was controlled by touch-sensitive panels in a LED illuminated, dark glass cover. He was way ahead of his time.
About ten years ago, the first personal computers for home use, such as the Commodore PET2001 or the Sinclair ZX81, already had a membrane keyboard. But these keyboards were impractical and gave rather the impression that the developers had to save up. The CDX, on the other hand, looks classy, high quality and elegant. I am not aware of any other device from this era that convinces with such a timeless look. If you compare modern technologies with "touch screen control, for example smartphones, you quickly realize that their design and ergonomics are by no means an improvement 30 years after the CDX.
When I examined the first CDX, my astonishment was great. Not only because of the complexity that showed up after disassembling of the lower housing cover. He has in addition to the CDM-1 drive an identical to the CD 104 servo and converter board. These boards are installed in a similar to the CD 100 Zinc Casting Basket.