Auto Reverse Stereo Cassette Deck (1984)
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 record/playback, 2 x erase
Motor: 2 x capstan, 1 x reel, 1 x aux, 1 x glide panel
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C, DBX
Frequency Response: 25Hz to 21kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 91dB (DBX)
Wow and Flutter: 0.03%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 3%
Input: 60mV (line)
Output: 0.5V (line)
Dimensions: 436 x 119 x 350mm
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Reviewed Jan 06th, 2016 by caliyoung
I owe a 777 for almost 10 years by now.
It is a suprisingly good deck from the heydays of TEAC.
Although it is a 2 header, it worths to look ! 2 DD capstan motor spinning in opposite direction, so speed is very stable (these are the same rock stable DD motors TEAC used in the Z-5000 and in the V-900, and last but not least in the R-999.
It has unique appearance , a little bit too much plastic on the front.
Sound wise the 777 and 999 do not differ significantly. Equals to other TEACs in that price range. But the playing quality is extreme good. If you happen to play recordings of a SUPERDECK (eg. Z-7000, REVOX 215) you'll be amazed with the dynamics.
Weakness: (not only the 777, but most of these series) Inside the mechanism the cam motor rotates a guide pulley, which moves a control arm. This is made out of white plastic, and can break. In this case the mechanism is not stable in the selected mode anymore. To glue it properly, you have to be a really good mechanics indeed.
I hope it helps.