Double Cassette Deck (1999-01)
Type: auto reverse, double compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x playback, 1 x erase
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 19kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 73dB (dolby C)
Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.8%
Input: 160mV (line)
Output: 0.5V (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 120 x 290mm
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Reviewed Oct 15th, 2016 by pishta
Fine MOTL dual deck. Lacks bias control but has pot on PCB marked BIAS L, R if you want to fiddle with it. Has some nice features: AMSS (push ff or rw while in play and it will find next gap and stop, rewind and cue it up, then play it. also has rewind/play function where you press RW, hold and press play and the tape will rewind to beginning and then commence to automatically play. Has automatic level control where you press and hold record while you press the ARL button and it will set the record level to the highest level of the source tape. The transport is pretty loud when its cycling through its functions, but its not just this deck, its all the Sony decks that use this common transport. It has a 4 digit beltless counter (with memory and reset) that counts very fast (hence the 4 places) almost as fast as a 3 digit in FF. There is a useless switcheable pitch control knob thats fun to play with but can be turned off to default to 1 7/8 IPS. The transport uses 2 belts: an 8.0 1/4 flat belt and a 5.5 1/16 (1mm) square belt. Belt replacement is easy with no dismantling of the transport, although you have to snake the flat belt over a plastic pin that needs to be moved a little by flexing the motor mount plate. The square belt that hooks over the idler gear is easier but be careful that you get the belt in the pulley under the flywheel, not between it and the flywheel. Tape doors pull up and off to show the heads, and the azimuth can be adjusted with a small allen wrench though 2 access holes for each direction. the azimuth screws are spring backed so there is always tension on them. I gave it a strong 7 due to the fact that there is no external bias knob, there is no level balance control, its a 2 head deck, and the transport is very loud. I also gave it a 7 because it has Dolby B/C/HX pro , it has AMSS, auto tape select (good or bad) and the LED panel has alot of info displayed as well as a pretty fast meter function. Its a pretty solid deck but you can really tell its lower in the line of Sony decks as half the through hole PCB is unpopulated with vacant component outlines and metal jumpers where higher models would be packed for lacking features such as Dolby S, Bias metering and recording tone generators. You could make a very adjustable deck if you were to drill some holes in the top cover and drop in some custom length screwdrivers to access all the PCB potentiometers down there. Even the tape speed (both high, low and pitch) is on the board and not in the single (per side)motor. Also tagged with high density heads whatever that means.