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Publication numberUS20010043541 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/173,725
Publication dateNov 22, 2001
Filing dateOct 16, 1998
Priority dateOct 16, 1998
Also published asCN2410715Y, DE29918052U1, US6373804
Publication number09173725, 173725, US 2001/0043541 A1, US 2001/043541 A1, US 20010043541 A1, US 20010043541A1, US 2001043541 A1, US 2001043541A1, US-A1-20010043541, US-A1-2001043541, US2001/0043541A1, US2001/043541A1, US20010043541 A1, US20010043541A1, US2001043541 A1, US2001043541A1
InventorsWilson Wai Sing Leung
Original AssigneeWilson Wai Sing Leung
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined cd/cassette playing mechanism
US 20010043541 A1
Abstract
A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism formed by a CD playing module and a cassette playing module supported on a chassis. The CD playing module comprises a capstan for supporting a CD and a laser head on one side of the capstan for reading the CD. The cassette playing module comprises a compartment for receiving a cassette tape, a pair of spindles for running the cassette tape and tape playback and recording heads. A part of the cassette playing module is accommodated in the space on a side of the capstan other than the laser head side and immediately behind the CD in use for space-saving.
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Claims(13)
What is claimed is
1. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism formed by a CD playing module and a cassette playing module supported on a chassis, said CD playing module comprising a capstan for supporting a CD and a laser head on one side of the capstan for reading the CD, and said cassette playing module comprising a compartment for receiving a cassette tape, a pair of spindles for running the cassette tape and tape playback and recording heads, wherein a part of the cassette playing module is accommodated in the space on a side of the capstan other than the laser head side and immediately behind the CD in use for space-saving.
2. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
, wherein the CD playing module and the cassette playing module are positioned close together to face in opposite directions.
3. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 2
, wherein the cassette playing module has a front layer occupied by the compartment and a rear layer occupied by a cassette operating mechanism, a part of the rear layer being said part accommodated in said space.
4. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 3
, wherein a part of the CD playing module is accommodated in a space level with the rear layer and immediately behind the front layer of the cassette playing module.
5. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 4
, wherein the CD playing module includes an electric motor for rotating the capstan, a part of the motor being said part accommodated in the second mentioned space.
6. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
, wherein the CD playing module and the cassette playing module are positioned close together to face in the same direction.
7. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 6
, wherein a part of the cassette compartment is the part accommodated in said space.
8. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
, wherein the space accommodating the part of the cassette playing module is on the side of the capstan directly opposite to the laser head and immediately behind the CD in use.
9. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
, wherein the part of the cassette playing module accommodated in the space corresponds to a base part of the cassette tape received in the compartment.
10. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
, wherein the chassis supporting the CD playing module and the cassette playing module is formed as a one-piece structure.
11. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 10
, wherein the chassis is integrally moulded from plastics material.
12. A combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
, wherein the CD playing module and cassette playing module include a single electric motor for rotating the capstan and spindles.
13. A player incorporating a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism as claimed in
claim 1
.
Description
  • [0001]
    The present invention relates to a mechanism which is capable of playing a compact disc or CD and a cassette tape and a player incorporating such a playing mechanism.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    Playing mechanisms for playing CDs and cassette tapes are of course known. Although these two types of playing mechanisms sometimes co-exist in a multi-function player, they are simply put together in the sense of that they share the same player body, without much consideration to the question of space-saving.
  • [0003]
    The invention seeks to provide a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism which is compact in size and a player incorporating the same.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0004]
    According to the invention, there is provided a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism formed by a CD playing module and a cassette playing module supported on a chassis, said CD playing module comprising a capstan for supporting a CD and a laser head on one side of the capstan for reading the CD, and said cassette playing module comprising a compartment for receiving a cassette tape, a pair of spindles for running the cassette tape and tape playback and recording heads, wherein a part of the cassette playing module is accommodated in the space on a side of the capstan other than the laser head side and immediately behind the CD in use for space-saving.
  • [0005]
    In a preferred embodiment, the CD playing module and the cassette playing module are positioned close together to face in opposite directions.
  • [0006]
    More preferably, the cassette playing module has a front layer occupied by the compartment and a rear layer occupied by a cassette operating mechanism, a part of the rear layer being said part accommodated in said space.
  • [0007]
    It is further preferred that a part of the CD playing module is accommodated in a space level with the rear layer and immediately behind the front layer of the cassette playing module.
  • [0008]
    It is yet further preferred that the CD playing module includes an electric motor for rotating the capstan, a part of the motor being said part accommodated in the second mentioned space.
  • [0009]
    In another preferred embodiment, the CD playing module and the cassette playing module are positioned close together to face in the same direction.
  • [0010]
    More preferably, a part of the cassette compartment is the part accommodated in said space.
  • [0011]
    It is preferred that the space accommodating the part of the cassette playing module is on the side of the capstan directly opposite to the laser head and immediately behind the CD in use.
  • [0012]
    For maximum space-saving, the part of the cassette playing module accommodated in the space corresponds to a base part of the cassette tape received in the compartment.
  • [0013]
    Preferably, the chassis supporting the CD playing module and the cassette playing module is formed as a one-piece structure.
  • [0014]
    More preferably, the chassis is integrally moulded from plastics material.
  • [0015]
    It is preferred that the CD playing module and cassette playing module include a single electric motor for rotating the capstan and spindles.
  • [0016]
    The invention also provides a portable player incorporating such a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
  • [0017]
    The invention will now be more particularly described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a player incorporating an embodiment of a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism in accordance with the invention;
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 2 is a bottom plan view of the player of FIG. 1;
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the playing mechanism used in the player of FIG. 1;
  • [0021]
    [0021]FIG. 4 is a side view of the playing mechanism of FIG. 3;
  • [0022]
    [0022]FIG. 5 is a bottom plan view of another embodiment of a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism in accordance with the invention; and
  • [0023]
    [0023]FIG. 6 is a side view of the playing mechanism of FIG. 5.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • [0024]
    Referring initially to FIGS. 1 to 4 of the drawings, there is shown a portable player 100 incorporating a combined CD/cassette playing mechanism 120 embodying the invention, which player 100 has a generally flat body 110 formed with a hinged lid 140 on the front side for CD loading/unloading and a hinged lid 150 on the rear side for cassette tape loading/unloading. As shown, usual CD control buttons 160 and LCD display 170 are provided on the right side of the body front side, and usual cassette control keys 180 are provided on the adjacent narrow right side.
  • [0025]
    The playing mechanism 120 is formed by a CD playing module 200 and a cassette playing module 300, which share a common chassis 130 having respective left and right portions 132 and 134. Being supported by the left chassis portion 132, the CD playing module 200 includes a capstan 210 for supporting and spinning a CD 10 in a CD compartment 205 provided immediately behind the body front lid 140, a sliding laser head 220 provided on the left side of the capstan 210 for reading the CD 10 in motion, and an electric motor 230 provided co-axially below the capstan 210 for rotating the capstan 210 as well as sliding the laser head 220.
  • [0026]
    As the laser head 220 is able to scan the whole CD 10 by travelling along a single radius (pointing to the left as shown) with respect to the capstan 210, the CD playing module 200 only takes up space from the capstan 210 to the laser head 220 on the left side as shown, at where the left chassis portion 132 lies. This leaves the space (as shown by X) on the opposite, right side of the capstan 210 and immediately behind almost half of the CD 10 available for accommodating a part (as also shown by X) of the cassette playing module 300.
  • [0027]
    The cassette playing module 300 is supported by the right chassis portion 134 and includes a cassette compartment 305 provided immediately behind the body rear lid 150, a pair of spindles 310 for running a cassette tape 20 received inside the compartment 305, tape playback/recording heads 320 on the right side, a reversible gear train 330 in between, an electric motor 340 for rotating the spindles 310 via the gear train 330, and various key operating plates 350 associated with the control keys 180. All these parts, excluding the compartment 305, only take up space from the spindles 310 to the heads 320 on the right side as shown. This leaves the space (as shown by Y) on the opposite, left side of the spindles 310 and immediately behind the base part (opposite to the part/side open for the heads 320) of the cassette tape 20 available for accommodating a part (as also shown by Y) of the CD playing module 200.
  • [0028]
    The cassette playing module 300 can be taken to have two layers, with the front layer occupied by the cassette compartment 305 and the rear layer occupied by the cassette operating mechanism formed by the gear train 330, the motor 340 and the key operating plates 350. The part X of the cassette playing module 300 is essentially the left part of the rear layer, as shown. In other words, the space Y is the space level with the rear layer and immediately behind the front layer of the cassette playing module 300. The part Y of the CD playing module 200 is essentially the off-axis right part of the motor 230, as shown.
  • [0029]
    The two playing modules 200 and 300 are positioned close together to face in opposite directions. The utilisation of the space X on the right side of the capstan 210 and immediately behind almost half of the CD 10 in use to accommodate the part X of the cassette playing module 300 is space efficient. Space-saving is further enhanced by reason of the use of the space Y on the left side of the spindles 310 and immediately behind the base part of the cassette tape 20 to accommodate the part Y of the CD playing module 200. This arrangement considerably reduces the overall foot print of the two playing modules 200 and 300, resulting in an overall size across which is not much larger than that of the CD playing module 200 alone, being only slightly longer.
  • [0030]
    The cassette tape 20 is loaded on the side of the playing mechanism 120 opposite to the CD 10. With the cassette tape 20 protruding in terms of thickness, the space level with it and close to the same side of the CD playing module 200 is used to accommodate the electronic circuitry of the player 100.
  • [0031]
    Reference is now made to FIGS. 5 and 6 of the drawings, in which another combined CD/cassette playing mechanism 120A embodying the invention is shown for use in a portable player of the same type. Most of the parts of this playing mechanism 120A are similar to those of the earlier playing mechanism 120, with like parts designated by like reference numerals suffixed by a letter “A”. The only differences lie in the cassette playing module 300A being placed upside down and in the use of a single electric motor 340A (the other motor 230 does not have an equivalent here).
  • [0032]
    In this playing mechanism 120A, the two praying modules 200A and 300A are positioned close together to face in the same direction. Now accommodated in the space X (on the right side of the capstan 210A and immediately behind almost half of the CD 10 in use) is a part Z of the cassette playing mechanism 300A, which is, as shown, the left side of the cassette compartment 305A receiving the base part of the cassette tape 20 including the spindles 310A. As the cassette tape 20 now faces on the same side as the CD 10, only a single hinged lid on the player body is needed. For loading/unloading of the cassette tape 20, the CD 10 must first be removed.
  • [0033]
    More specifically, the chassis 130A is made in a generally staggered manner, such that the cassette compartment 305A lies at the same level with the CD playing module 200A. With the cassette playing module 300A protruding in terms of thickness, the space level with it and on the same side of the CD playing module 200A is used to accommodate the electronic circuitry of the player. The motor 340A, being a part of the cassette playing module 300A, is also used to rotate the capstan 210A of the CD playing mechanism 200A by means of a belt, as shown.
  • [0034]
    In either playing mechanism 120/120A, the space used to accommodate a part of the cassette playing module 300/300A is on the side of the capstan 210/210A directly opposite to the laser head 220/220A. Alternatively, the cassette playing module part may be accommodated in the space on any side of the capstan 210/210A other than that directly opposite to the laser head 220/220A, such as the side as shown by arrows B (with the CD playing module 200/200A turned for an angle of about 45).
  • [0035]
    It is envisaged that the playing mechanism of the subject invention may be used in any other types of players, such as a portable player having a top handle or a car hi-fi system. In the case of a car hi-fi system, the body of the player may be slidable in and out for the loading/unloading of CD and cassette tape, without the need of the use of a lid. Alternatively, suitable slots may be provided for CD and cassette loading/unloading.
  • [0036]
    In the described embodiments, the chassis 130 or 130A is integrally moulded from plastics material as a one-piece structure. It may alternatively be made of metal and formed by connecting various metal parts together.
  • [0037]
    The invention has been given by way of example only, and various other modifications of and/or alterations to the described embodiments may be made by persons skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention as specified in the appended claims.
Classifications
U.S. Classification720/616, G9B/25.009, G9B/31
International ClassificationG11B25/10, G11B31/00
Cooperative ClassificationG11B25/10, G11B31/00
European ClassificationG11B31/00, G11B25/10
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Oct 16, 1998ASAssignment
Owner name: ALCO ELECTRONICS LIMITED, HONG KONG
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:LEUNG, WILSON WAI SING;REEL/FRAME:009540/0073
Effective date: 19981015
Nov 2, 2005REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Apr 13, 2006SULPSurcharge for late payment
Apr 13, 2006FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Sep 16, 2009FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 8
Nov 22, 2013REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Apr 16, 2014LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Jun 3, 2014FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20140416