Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1991-93)
The Kenwood KX-7030 is a 2-head, stereo cassette recorder featuring Dolby B and C noise reduction systems.
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
Motor: 3 x DC
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.045%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.7%
Input: 77.5mV (line)
Output: 0.49V (line)
Dimensions: 440 x 127 x 324mm
Accessories: remote control
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Reviewed Jan 10th, 2013 by Smoke Screen
The 7030 is a comfortable good sounding upper
middle class deck that couldve even have better
sonics if the components used in the signalpath
wouldve been of a notch higher quality.
Especially caps and opamps. As it is its a
satisfying machine for most and was rather fair
priced back then for what it delivers.
The higher ES-decks (7xx and up)or the larger Naks
are defintily better sounding but also way more
expensive and not necessarily better build.
Reviewed Jan 01st, 2013 by js1138
I have been searching for some time for a good playback deck for digitizing my old cassettes. This seems to be as good as I'm likely to get. Three heads, three motors. It plays some tapes that lesser decks stall on.
As purchased the takeup belt was near disintegration and soon failed. It is a pain to replace, requiring a fair amount of disassembly. The front panel must be removed, then the entire front control system must be removed, and a couple of cable ties cut.
After this you can carefully lift the front panel assembly to allow access to four screws holding the tape drive assembly to the front panel. No desoldering is required. You will need the service manual to see how the belt fits. Once you have access to front of the playback assembly, replacing the belt is easy.
I used a 2.5 inch belt from Studio Sound Electronics.
I'm afraid I don't have any high end decks to compare it with, but my tapes have never sounded as good. It adjusts automatically to tape type. You need only set the Dolby setting manually.
No reverse play. It's strictly a manual machine. I haven't tested recording.