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Sony TC-K590

Stereo Cassette Deck (1992)

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Sony TC-K590


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 reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x assist

Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.5%

Input: 160mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 123 x 300mm

Weight: 4.7kg

Year: 1992


service manual   English - Digger747

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Reviewed Jan 25th, 2016 by ilkkasuni

Sony Europe sent me this model TC-K590 in 1993, after I had complained to them about the cheaper 3-head model TC-K570, returning the latter to the dealer. Still, the outcome was the same with the TC-K590: I found no way to gain properly balanced recording results, at least according to the deck's own level indicators. One channel always appeared to produce lower level recorded than the other.

Lots of functions, prominent frequency response. Still, starting from just one capstan in a 3-head deck, the TC-K590 did not convince with its build: the sense of quality just was lacking. I never qualified this deck to my hifi rig. I never recorded from the albums or CDs, using this deck, as I just could not trust the outcome. The deck ended up in my hobby corner.



re: TC-K590

This has been an excellent machine and it worked fine up until a few weeks ago. Everything seems to work well except that when I press "Play", the heads move up to engage the tape as they should but then the tape does not move and after about 2 seconds the head move back down. Any suggestions?

re: TC-K590

Hello, maybe that deck need the capstan belt replacement.

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