Borgia II / VV 9-2
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The Borgia II was an intriguing phonograph introduced in December 1925, and was the most expensive home entertainment system Victor produced at that time. It featured a deluxe RCA Radiola Model 28 Radio and a "combination" Victrola phonograph, which allowed the user the ability to select either acoustical or electronic reproduction of music. This model was introduced at a time when conventional acoustic reproduction was losing popularity to the more modern electronic (tube amplified) methods, primarily due to the rapidly falling cost of electronic components. Although electronic amplification could provide greater volume with more user control, it also could add hum and noise and other unwanted artifacts to the music. This same concept was utilized the the VV 8-60; however the 8-60 did not come with a radio, and utilized a much smaller cabinet.
Achieving both forms of reproduction required that the tonearm be equipped with 2 soundboxes; one acoustical and one electronic (right). A standard full sized Orthophonic folded horn was used (nearly identical to the Credenza). A mechanical control valve allowed the user to switch the horn's input between the acoustic soundbox and an electrical driver, which was powered by the amplifier located at the bottom of the cabinet.
This model became the VV 9-40 in 1927.
The original 1925 selling price of the Borgia II was a whopping $1000.00. An estimated total of 2,500 Borgia II's were made, until the model was discontinued in late 1926.
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