Stereo Tape Cassette Deck (1981-82)
If you're looking for a cassette deck in a class by itself, consider the CT-9R, Pioneer's top model. Feature for feature and specification for specification, it out competitions the competition by a large margin.
The new tape transport used in the CT-9R, we believe, is the most sophisticated and accurate on the market. By utilizing three direct-drive motors - one for capstan drive, one for supply-reel drive, and one for take-up-reel drive, moving parts are kept to a minimum, assuring speed accuracy and stability and transport reliability that are all far superior to conventional designs.
The capstan drive motor uses a Periphery Integration system (like the one used in our turntables) to accurately monitor the moment to moment speed. For even more accuracy, the motor is controlled by a Quartz-PLL speed control system.
The CT-9R features a special convenience called Blank Skip & Reverse that lets you now forgo the long silence you previously had to put up with after the last song on the first side, and before play began again on the second side. As soon as the end of recorded material is detected - an unrecorded portion lasting more than 8 seconds - the deck enters the fast mode, reverses at the tape end and quickly locates the beginning of the first song on the second side.
Additionally, thanks to an optoelectrical leader-tape detection system built into the erase head, direction change occurs the second the translucent leader tape is detected. The interruption in music is barely perceptible.
Type: auto reverse, 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: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 19kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB
Wow and Flutter: 0.04%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%
Input: 65mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)
Output: 0.5V (line)
Dimensions: 420 x 130 x 320mm
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Reviewed Feb 12th, 2014 by mrstan
I bought this cassette player thinking it looked very modern. The tape head spins around when you play the other tape side.. This seems to automatically make it come out of adjustment. The tape player died three times from a bad main board, and had to go back to the OEM for repair... Maybe it was just mine, but this was the biggest lemon that I ever had to burden.