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Aiwa AD-F990

Stereo Tape Cassette Recorder (1983-86)

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Aiwa AD-F990


When working out the design for what was to become the most advanced Aiwa deck ever produced, engineers began with a fundamental question:

What features, they asked, can be built in to give users a deck not only with unmatched sound quality, but with genuinely automated, fail proof operation?

The AD-F990 is the answer. Unquestionably the most superlative performance ever offered in a model of this type, it also features thoughtful human engineering and unprecedented ease of operation.


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

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.025%

Input: 50mV (line), 1mV (mic)

Output: 0.41V (line)

Semiconductors: 61 x IC, 116 x transistors, 138 x diodes, 20 x LED, 1 x FET

Dimensions: 420 x 110 x 280mm

Weight: 5.5kg

Year: 1983


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Reviewed May 04th, 2019 by roberto runfola

the most superlative tape deck recorder ever produced

Reviewed Jan 08th, 2018 by sv1dpp

The bst cassette deck ever made.

Reviewed Apr 28th, 2017 by JosephH1

Still going strong after 27 years! Amazing performance with metal tape. Auto calibration, Dolby C/HX Pro. It was called the Dragon Slayer in its day. I love to A/B a digital master and the tape I recorded from it on the 990. It is indistinguishable. Just had new belts and tune up done. The tech said it was a pleasure to work on a top tier piece of electronic technology. One of the best decks ever made.

Reviewed Mar 27th, 2017 by fj2525vl

Underrated tape deck with an exceptional relation Quality& price!
Used for more that 20 years and still working in the same league that others more acclaimed top decks.



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