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Concept ELC

Stereo Tape Recorder

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Concept ELC


The Concept ELC takes it's name from the unique computer derived Electronic Logic Controls.

Feather touch buttons activate an electronic brain that controls the functions of the motors and solenoids.

Tape motion is controlled by circuitry that sense and reacts to tape movement; when you switch directions, the ELC automatically pauses before changing to eliminate stress on the cassette.

The circuitry even applies a measured voltage to instantly bring the tape speed within it's wow and flutter specs.


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, Cr02

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 16kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 62dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.27mV (mic)

Output: 1V (line)

Semiconductors: 69 x transistors, 14 x IC, 72 x diodes, 8 x LED

Dimensions: 486 x 149 x 289mm

Weight: 13.64kg

Year: 1978


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Reviewed Feb 23rd, 2016 by TheSleezstak

This is one beastly tape deck. Big, heavy, built solid, and pure old school operation. Theres no eject button or remote control. Similar to full logic, but for comparison- full logic drunk on cheap booze, loud but precise. Sound wise, its ok. Not audiophile! Great for rock-n-roll or content thats not super detailed. Beautiful blue and red display. My service tech said it was a pain to work on.



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I have this tape deck. A elderly couple sold it to me and said they haven't used it in a while. When I asked how long is "a while" they replied "a few years". Turns out a few years was more like decades. It powered on, that's it.
I've had it serviced and parts replaced. It's like brand new again. The mechanisms in this machine are very precise and attentive. Nice build, especially since this thing is a heavy and stout beast. No joke.
Sound is clean and typical analog presence. Nothing overly "wow!" In regards to listening. The real star is the operational functionality. The mechanics and design are nicely thought out.

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could you give me any info on where the belts came from? I need a belt kit for a repair.

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I think the technician had belts and some just happen to be the right size. Otherwise, try Tapeheads.org or com. It's overseen by Pacific Stereo, who was the house for the house brands of Concept, Quadraphonic, and Calibre.

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