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Alpine AL-80

Stereo Cassette Deck (1981-82)

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Alpine AL-80

Specifications

Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 19kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 64dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 3%

Input: 100mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)

Output: 1V (line)

Semiconductors: 68 x transistors, 17 x IC, 50 x diodes, 4 x zener diodes, 1 x bridge diode

Dimensions: 435 x 116 x 254mm

Weight: 5.6kg

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Reviewed Nov 08th, 2016 by HyJack

Bought the deck about 1982 als my favorite JVC DD-9 was too expensive. The light VU meters were outstanding that time and I'd like to have 3 heads, Dolby C and tape adjustment.
But I have to change the deck two time by warranty. First item showed recording malfunction with right channel which drops out after two weeks of use. Moving the line Cinch cable out and in let the deck working well again, but for further two weeks. Then the malfunction appears again. As it is not nice to move the line cable every two weeks I got a replacement deck. What happened after two weeks? Right! Same malfunction with the second deck! What a chance! Had problems to prove the malfunction is not at my side but finally I got the third deck. It was fine. Later Alpine admit the malfunction which hits about 3 per cent of the production, however, the cause was never found.
The third deck operates about 16 years when the belt was worn out. I was supprised that Alpine was able to sent me a gratis maintenance pack with belt, pinch roller ect. At this time Alpine gave up Hifi component production for years. The maintained deck operated until next belt and other issues in 2015. Because I was never really happy with it (switches not nice, issues with tape adjustment and others) I stopped using it.
By chance I captured my beloved DD-9 in 2016. So the AL 80 story ends.

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Reviewed Dec 01st, 2015 by Kajtsu

I bought mine 1982 and still in use. Excellent sound. You can´t separete taped material from original. I don´t like dolby C but B is okay. I have taped lot of cassettes (TDK SA or SA-X) without dolby. This machines noise level is so low that you don´t need dolby.

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Reviewed Mar 15th, 2014 by Smoke Screen

Certainly one of the better sounding 3-head decks of its
day with eyepleasing meters,its buildquality is
considerably lower than of the older models,say: AL-300.
Nowadays a collectors item and way overpriced in
the used market because of that. If youre looking for best
sound/price ratio you will find it elsewhere.

 

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re: AL-80

at last the needle in the haystack now found.

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