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Onkyo TA-2070

Stereo Cassette Tape Deck (1981-84)

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Onkyo TA-2070


Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x DD, 1 x DC

Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz  (Metal tape)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Input: 50mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)

Output: 1.1V (line)

Dimensions: 418 x 120 x 330mm

Weight: 6.5kg

Year: 1981


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Gregory Earl's picture

re: TA-2070

I also own this deck and concur with bikeamtn's opinion. I owned this since it came out in '81. The 2070 is a great sounding cassette deck. So was the 2080 for that matter as I had that model before this one. The only problem I've had with it is the rewind belts. I've had them replaced twice.

re: TA-2070

Do you have a copy of the owners manual that you could copy or scan and send me? I'd be glad to reimburse you. Thank you.

re: TA-2070

Would you happen to have a copy of the users manual that I could buy from you? Thanks!


bikeamtn's picture

re: TA-2070

(Preliminary Review) Will quickly just say; I’ve tested the TA-2070 head to head with the Nakamichi Dragon and would love to tell you all what I’ve found… but will need to do that another day so here’s what I have time for.

It was in 83 working as a sound engineer and a day-job with Tech-Hifi’s partner group World Camera so I was able to conduct a test in store (think the speakers had been Infinity RS-1b). There was not a test measurement done but recorded a CD to a metal oxide cassette tape (same tape/same song used on both decks) half of song on one and half on the other. Then playback was preformed on both decks, tape calibrated on each with record levels matched and auto-azimuth adj. on the Dragon (an option not available on the TA-2070). The result was that after repeated (blind tests) I could barely tell any difference (playback ref. was also compared with the original CD) and the difference I did hear was most likely due to the Dragon’s auto-azimuth adjustment (which is a desirable way to go) but, I could not justify the difference in price for that option with negligible (splitting hairs) difference in sound quality ($900 TA-2070 / $1,700 Dragon). To conclude, I bought the Onkyo TA-2070 and still have it.

The fact is both are extremely fine decks and the Dragon won’t be dethroned as it has the ‘auto-azimuth’ option but the Onkyo TA2070 and Studer 721/710 can make the Dragon workup a sweat.

Dolby-NR was used as well as No NR during the testing.

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