Stereo Cassette Deck (1989-90)
Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 19kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.05%
Input: 60mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)
Output: 0.4V (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 125 x 290mm
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Reviewed Mar 10th, 2016 by ilkkasuni
I recently bought the RS-B 555 second-hand, in practically mint condition.
In audio quality, the RS-B 555 makes a proper 2-header. This deck sounds pleasant. Direct-drive capstan, no disturbing wow or flutter, even to the piano or strings. The signal-to-noise ratio, sounds sufficient. The frequency response appears to be quite alright, having tested the deck with various tapes I...IV. Maybe a hint of harshness to the hi-hat tones.
The controls are well thought. The multi-colored led indicators for the current operating mode are a nice curiosity [in all, there are 3 different indicators simultaneously telling the tape is running!]. There are handy memory and music search features. Phones out has the level adjust. On the bonus side there also are the 6.3 mm microphone inputs, the mic jacks which soonafter disappeared from most consumer tape decks.
For recording, there is the APRS calibrating aid. The level meter is precise enough, having two scales, 1 dB incremets and peak hold. Single-colored bars, though.
The only negative feature I find worthy mentioning is, the cassette reel mechanism is rather loud, especially when winding.
The RS-B 555 makes a versatile tool for the one, still utilizing compact cassettes, or a decent back-up deck for the audiophile.