Stereo Cassette Tape Deck (1990-96)
Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.75 cm/s
Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x aux
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C, S, HX Pro
Frequency Response: 15Hz to 22kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 83dB (dolby S)
Wow and Flutter: 0.022%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.6%
Input: 60mV (line)
Output: 0.3V (line)
Dimensions: 457 x 136 x 370mm
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Reviewed Feb 12th, 2016 by pilebgd
Warm and detailed sound, excelent construction, beautiful looks. Possible the best Pioneer deck.
Reviewed Dec 19th, 2014 by RTM
I bought mine in 1996, a demo unit from the then going out of business Discrminating Ear audio concern. In my experience (4 CT-F1250's, one new, 3 restored to new, CT-F1000, Denon DRM-800, Nak Dragon, DR-1, BX-300,BX-150 and a pile of lesser GW store finds) It's a dead heat with the Dragon for the Greatest Cassette machine of all time. (The Dragon would probably barely get the edge in the pre-recorded tape category for obvious reasons.....) It lacks pitch control, and it lacks on the fly Azimuth adjustment. What it has is ABOVE (if there can be such a thing) mil-spec construction and Dolby S. It sounds pretty much like a live feed to me. IF you bias it right (I don't let the machine do it, but it comes unsettlingly close, and it CAN do it, which is fun to watch) it can make the difference between IP/OP pretty much null and void. It's really BEAUTIFUL. Pioneer's had its ups and downs (All Manufacturers have) and this (to me) represents it at its last undisputed all time high in terms of ne plus ultra design and execution. (The Absolute Sound gushed over it, and they never gush over anything, especially if it's Japanese.) It also features a Headphone jack (and it's not underpowered, for a change....) and defeatable HX Pro. A machine for the ages. With a GOOD tape, it can even make a Dragon break a sweat.