Three Head Cassette Deck (1995-96)
Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record, 1 x playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x DC servo, 1 x DC
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro
Frequency Response: 15Hz to 20kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 80dB (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.035%
Input: 100mV (line)
Output: 0.53V (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 140 x 318mm
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Reviewed Nov 08th, 2015 by nassosxlvbros
Excellent sound quality,as good as Naks with 1/10 of money.Some issues with the transport mechanism,but easily repairable.An excellent invest.
Reviewed Aug 02nd, 2015 by Alchemist_8
Dual capstan deck means transport is excellent. Very stable. Makes excellent recordings and has a clean sound. Could do with more bass weight but nice balanced deck. Recommended.
Reviewed Apr 05th, 2015 by pranza
The good thing is manual bias and sensitivity adjustment - you can squeeze something out of any tape!
The sound is not too good compared to Nakamichi DR10. Aiwa's mids are of 'shouting' type and more annoying, sound hasn't that depth and details of DR10, no such steadyness of DR10, reverb tails are by far not as good.
My aiwa also had a problem since new - balance would shift a lot to one side (recording as well). Turned out to be tape slack inbetween capstans. No way to adjust capstans speed individually, the only option is to shit around adjusting flywheels, making belt running not through middle of them, but more to a side, expecting some subtle change in capstan rotating ratio... My Sharp boombox never in its life gave such problems, and that was a double cassete on shared capstan design!
Of course there are even worse decks, like Pioneer CT-S550S which struggles even to pull tape without wow, but... what is the deal if boombox is cheaper and better and sounds better?