Alpage Alpine AL-300
Stereo Cassette Deck (1980-82)
The AL-300 stereo cassette deck is Alpage's top of the line model. Soon after its debut, audio magazines such as SON and Hi-Fi Video started putting it to the test. It was tested against the best 3-head cassette tape decks on the market. And it invariably came out tops!
The deck has a 3-head design with independent recording and playback heads. This allows ideal gapping - a wide gap for recording and a narrow gap for playback. The erase head on the consists of a highly magnetic Sendust chip mounted on a ferrite core. This head is very effective in erasing metal tapes. Also, by just flicking a switch, its possible to compare instantly the sound quality of the tape with the signal source.
The AL-300 is designed for use with metal tape and the tape selector determines the best bias and equalization levels for metal as well as Cr, FeCr and Normal tapes.
The drive mechanism assures uniform tape tension and stable tape-to-head contact. Controls are governed by IC Logic, so operation is easy and effortless, and electronic signal path switching ensures that highest fidelity is maintained.
Equipped with independent Dolby calibration for left and right channels, and also independent bias adjustment controls, the built-in test oscillator enables the user to determine ideal bias and Dolby levels for optimum performance.
The AL-300 comes with a removable function panel and a five-metre cable for remote control operation. Available separately is a time switch that allows automatic recording or playback at pre-designated times.
All in all, the AL-300 is a cassette tape deck that the Hi-Fi enthusiast can fully appreciate!
Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s
Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase
Tape Type: type I, CrO2, FeCr, Metal
Noise Reduction: B
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 68dB (dolby B)
Wow and Flutter: 0.035%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.9%
Input: 100mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)
Output: 1V (line)
Semiconductors: 118 x transistors, 6 x IC, 90 x diodes, 3 x zener diodes, 17 x FET
Dimensions: 435 x 120 x 300mm
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Reviewed May 16th, 2015 by grigou18
Strong buiding, great sound but too much sensitivity on speed but what a look!
Reviewed Apr 24th, 2015 by BoardMan
Good mechanism, very good playback with bass base and linear recording. Detailed playback. No power supply noise components from the power transformer. Very good ferrite head with 0.8um playback gap and V-cut technology. Some problems on high level high-frequency components saturation on recording.
Reviewed Sep 18th, 2013 by Untime
Excellent - just have one spare for parts :)