TSX-130 Desktop Audio System
Enjoy music from all your favorite sources with this attractive all-in-one audio system.
TSX-130 Desktop Audio System
Enjoy music from all your favorite sources with this attractive all-in-one audio system.
Easy to Use
- iPod® dock on top panel
- Connect USB players/devices via port on top panel to play MP3 and WMA tracks
- CD player
- 30-station preset FM tuner
- Four DSP modes: Normal, Mild, Heavy and Live
- Convenient flat top panel made of real wood
- Clock with dual alarm function
- Alarm modes: music, beep, music + beep
- Handy card-type remote unit
High Sound Quality
- 15 W x 2 power output
- Two 3-1/8" full-range speakers
- Bass reflex ports on back for good bass dispersion
Smart and Sophisticated in Any Decor, This Bedside Companion Plays Your Favorite Music
The TSX-130 is a compact, convenient and attractive way to add musical enjoyment to your bedroom. Versatile enough to play a wide variety of music sources, it's sure to keep you entertained. Set it to wake you to your favorite music in the morning, then use it as a handy place to deposit things you need, like eyeglasses or keys. And with its real wood top panel, it will add an attractive touch to any interior.
iPod Dock on the Top Panel
Dock your iPod into the top of the unit and listen to your music through the high quality speakers. You can operate the iPod from the remote unit and the iPod is charged when in use/standby.
USB Port on Top Panel
If you have a USB portable player or a USB device with songs stored on it, you can connect it to the USB port on the top panel. The TSX-130 will play both MP3 and WMA tracks.
CD Player and FM Radio
You can listen to regular CDs and also recordable CDs with MP3 or WMA tracks. The FM radio lets you preset 30 stations for quick and easy tuning.
Good Sound Quality with Strong Bass
The 15 W x 2 amplifier is powerful enough to produce strong sound energy from the independent left and right 3-1/8" speakers. The design includes two bass reflex ports on the back that enhance bass sound dispersion.
Convenient Flat Top
With its flat, real wood top, the TSX-130 doesn't just take up space. It's convenient for setting your eyeglasses on when you go to bed or your mobile phone, so you can pick it up together with your iPod when you go out. You'll always know where they are – right on your indispensable music system!
Clock with Dual Alarm Function
The front panel clock has a dual alarm with wake up, sleep and snooze functions. You can set the alarm for music (even a specific song) or a beep sound. There is also a new alarm mode that provides a gentle, stress-free wake-up with music that fades in and then a beep to ensure that you're awake.
TECHNOLOGY: CD-R, CD-RW Playback
More and more people these days are using their computers or digital recorders to make their own CD-R and CD-RW discs. Yamaha CD players and changers are capable of playing these discs.
This unit is equipped with a USB port that allows you to enjoy WAV / FLAC (PCM format only), MP3 and WMA audio files from a USB memory device (USB flash drive).
Made for iPod
The Made for iPod logo indicates that the product is equipped with the ability to connect your iPod to this product. With this feature you can listen to your music and operate the iPod via the product’s remote control while at the same time charging the battery on your iPod. Depending on your product’s specifications, some will allow you to use the On-Screen Display feature on your video monitor to navigate your music. Some products can even allow you to view your photos and movies from your iPod on your video monitor (view the Specifications of each product for iPod playback compatibility)...
Short for MPEG-1 layer 3 audio, MP3 is a compression process used to shrink audio files by filtering out all noise that is not detectable to the human ear. MP3 is considered near CD quality, but the file itself occupies approximately one tenth to one twelfth the space of the original CD format, making it the perfect medium for today’s smaller, memory based portable media players.
Audio & Video
speakers and amplifiers. Over half a century, the Yamaha Product Design Laboratory has been instrumental
in creating products that put the focus on sound. While being innovative and often ground-breaking, their
design always serves a purpose: the beauty of the form brings out the true essence of the product.
What is the design philosophy behind these achievements by a manufacturer truly steeped in music and sound?
— so Soichiro Tanaka of the Product Design Laboratory (the "PDL" for short) tells us. Behind the solemn expression and penetrating gaze, one gets a sense of warmth and humour from
Tanaka："The Osaka where I grew up is dotted with many Imperial tombs. Now, I'm no Schliemann but I did have a feeling that there was something behind it that would be worth exploring. Probably I just was born with a sense of wonder, of liking to explore for exploration's sake."
— 20 years ago, Mr Tanaka joined Yamaha as a designer. Since 2008 , he has served as manager of the Audio Design Group, being involved in a wide range of products, including home-use AV equipment, hi-fi components, and professional PA systems. He holds a key position for shaping the overall design policy of Yamaha audio products.
— The period when Mr Tanaka grew up, namely the 1970s, were indeed a revolutionary time for Japanese animation. In the robot genre, soft caricature type lines gave way to a more angular, dynamic style. A kind of "simulated realism" that depicted every detail was all the rage among young boys of the time.
Tanaka："I particularly liked giant robots such as 'Mazinger-Z', which had a great ending theme. After each episode, over the credits, they would show a kind of exploded perspective drawing of Mazinger-Z. Within this smooth, striking outline were all these complex mechanical details which fired my imagination. I loved picturing in my mind how these parts that you normally could not see from the outside were functioning and all working together. If I think back on it now, that might have been the trigger that eventually caused me to end up as a designer" says Mr Tanaka with a mischievous smile.
Mr Tanaka was also very fond of music. As a student he played drums in a band, but beyond that, he wanted to work on "design in tune with music". After graduating, he chose Yamaha as an employer: "I felt that this company, rather than just making instruments, takes music as a starting point for creating various new things of value, something that is pretty rare."
— Putting what he does into neatly labelled categories is not something Mr Tanaka is keen on. When working on the design for a certain product, he does not simply want to shape its outside, dabbling at the surface. "I aim for design that communicates the true value of a product to the person who might want to buy it." According to Mr Tanaka, this should include making suggestions for the best way to use it, thereby creating a certain usage style. Already since his days at university, he had this vision, and Yamaha with its wide scope of genres and universal emphasis on inherently beautiful design seemed like the place to be.
Tanaka："Some of the various products handled by Yamaha may seem a bit diverse at first glance, but they all share a common element at the core. They are born out of the determination to 'deliver good sound'. The audio sector of course is a prime example. While sporting different visual styles, the aesthetic sense honed over a long period of time provides the underpinning for each product. Being firmly grounded in this heritage, PDL at various stages in the company's history delivered the distinct Yamaha flavour for its time. This approach remains the same, then and now."
Remarkably, PDL does not belong to any company division but rather is organized as an independent entity. The designers in the Audio Design Group for example are commissioned by the AV and PA Division on a product by product basis and will work on these projects as equal partners. This keeps designers from being trapped in a particular genre, giving them a more comprehensive perspective from which to approach a particular product.
— The policy is to respect the creativity and personal intent of the individual designer as much as possible. Whether veteran or newcomer, it is customary at the institute that one designer is entirely put in charge of a given product. The fact that the characteristically simple and clean Yamaha design is maintained nevertheless stems from the fact that there is plenty of lateral communication within the institute, and all members have some overriding goals in common.
Five Philosophical Concepts：(Integrity) (Innovative) (Aesthetics) (Unobtrusiveness) (Social Responsibility)
These five words can be taken as indicative of the Yamaha design philosophy. They all have an intricate relationship with musical instrument making, an endeavour that has shaped the Yamaha design identity. The same aesthetic sense also deeply pervades design creativity in audio.
Tanaka："Musical instruments are the perfect example. Their shape has evolved over many years, arriving at a form that is most suitable for playing. Superfluous elements have been eliminated, and there is very little that can be changed for the better. The design represents the essence of the thing, which is 'a tool to play music'. There is an attractive, almost human quality about it. In a way this can be regarded as the ultimate accomplishment from a product design viewpoint. And what about audio products then? For example, simply giving a speaker the appearance and glossy finish of a piano does not turn it into one."
— Pursuing the essence of what a speaker really is differs fundamentally from mere window dressing. A designer has to think about the context in which the product is placed, what its role is and what it requires to best fill that role. He program she has to go right back to the starting point and start consider again. This kind of thought process, this basic stance, Mr Tanaka believes, is what creates integrity in an audio product.
— Mr Tanaka often reminds his fellow staff members that "design means looking for solutions. If we are not clear about what we are trying to solve, there won't be any good answer." Mr Tanaka himself says that about half of the entire process of designing a product is taken up by just thinking about it. "An outsider might get the impression that we are simply staring into space. But unless we are clear about the essence of the product, the design will remain mere window-dressing on the surface."
Tanaka："The fact that Yamaha is a company where this kind of thought processing is encouraged and shared probably derives from its musical instrument background. Take for instance a piano. For latecomer Yamaha to be accepted in Europe with its long history of instrument building, they needed to add something to the tradition established by the likes of Steinway and Bösendorfer. They could do so only by re-examining the essence of what a piano is, and at the same time being creative and innovative. I think that this kind of DNA is typical for the organization, not only in the design department but also among engineers and craftspeople."
Driven by factors such as portable music players and networking, the way music is being enjoyed is undergoing a rapid change these days. There is a need to rethink audio design in general, to examine how it fits into the framework of our daily life. Mr Tanaka sees this as a major challenge to be answered. The desktop audio system TSX-130 with its top panel of natural wood represents one attempt along these lines.
Tanaka："The concept of providing an iPod/iPhone dock on a CD player is not such a new one. But in adapting this to the lifestyle of modern users, we wanted to move away from the simple "audio = playback equipment" way of thinking. When an iPod or iPhone user returns home, he or she will first want to charge their device. They will also put their wristwatch or keys somewhere, and I for one will take off my glasses. By having a top of natural wood, we thought that the component could also fulfil the function of a side table."
— This is very different from just slapping on a "retro" look. By thinking about audio in a different context, and bringing it closer to other aspects of the user's life, a new kind of value can be created. Mr Tanaka sees this as a process that leads to a new standard for our times.
Tanaka："That was one of the reasons why we went for natural wood in the TSX-130. Using imitation wood made out of plastic of course would have been cheaper, and modern technology actually gets the look pretty close to the real thing. But the sound that you hear when you place something on it, and the feel when touching the surface are a far cry from real wood. And of course the sound quality is influenced by the material used for the body of the component. We consulted with the engineers of the division in charge from an early stage, and the design was pursued in a cooperative way."
Tanaka："What we wanted to express with this design is a new sense of values for the networked age. Until recently, I felt that streaming music reproduction could be considered as 'convenient, sure, but certainly lacking in quality'. But both the infrastructure and the technology have made rapid progress. An authentic hi-fi component that would enable the user to access the ever widening range of music sources, and to do this in an environment geared for high sound quality, was eagerly awaited by many people. The NP-S2000 is the answer to these wishes. Featuring latest technology and materials while presenting a clean, uncluttered look gives it a quality feel that is right for our times."
— Expressing audio values through design that is firmly rooted in our daily lives, this kind of approach is bound to continue. Mr Tanaka aims to foster a distinctive and natural Yamaha image also in future.
Tanaka："There are still many things and products that people want but that have not yet been realized. Yamaha is a manufacturer more deeply involved with music and quality sound than most others. We are determined to explore these latent needs and continue to create products that can only come from us. They will be unique and have an appeal that makes them hard to put down. Through our design we want to continue working towards the realization of new standards.
DESKTOP AUDIO SYSTEM
|CD||CD,CD-R/RW: Audio CD, MP3, WMA|
|Preset Memory||FM x 30|
|Alarm||Dual alarm, snooze|
|Speaker Unit||Dual 3-1/8” full-range cone with bass-reflex port|
|Maximum Output Power||15 W + 15 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||13-3/4” x 4-3/4” x 9-7/16”|