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Pioneer CT-F1000

Stereo Cassette Tape Deck (1977-79)

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Pioneer CT-F1000


The Pioneer CT-F1000 is the deck with everything, including automatic Cr02 tape detector, multiple bias and equalization settings, pitch control, memory stop, mpx filter, tape slack canceller, oscillator, full auto stop, solenoid operated buttons and more.

The exceptional playback and recording heads are made from a single Ferrite crystal each, instead of the usual grains of Ferrite, and the high quality DC servomotor ensures low levels of wow and flutter.


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

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, Cr02

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 17kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 64dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.3%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.22mV (mic)

Output: 0.68V (line)

Semiconductors: 4 x FET, 97 x transistors, 98 x diodes, 5 x IC

Dimensions: 420 x 187 x 362mm

Weight: 12kg

Year: 1978


instruction/owners manual   English -

service manual   English -

service manual (additiional)  English -

brochure   English - danickd

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Reviewed May 19th, 2016 by RTM

A Classic machine from the heyday of the format. Excellent sound (for its pre-metal heyday) and superior ergonomics. You have to know where to look for decks with the same replacement frequency generated speed control Capstan motors and they're becoming increasingly difficult to find. I own two, with a couple of spare motors for each. The heads will last forever and they'll playback Type IV tapes just fine. They just can't shove the metal oxide coatings around like the 1250 and its decendent decks can......

Reviewed Feb 23rd, 2014 by ddy

Good deck



re: CT-F1000

Good deck.

re: CT-F1000

Yes, it is. It's not the equal of the 1250 in terms of recording quality (mostly owing to better bias capability thanks to the type IV formulation headroom found on the 1250) but the (unobtanium, unfortunately) FG (speed control) capstan motors are becoming scarce. The FW speeds of the 1000 lop a solid 15+ (I've got a few machines up to 20+) seconds off of the 1250's fast wind times using C-60's, so both motors are to be carefully maintained. It's not a big deal really, but in some ways the ergonomics of the 1000 have a charm all their own. The analogue meters are among the best I've ever seen on a Cassette format machine. A classic's classic.

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