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Denon DRM-800

Stereo Cassette Tape Deck (1989-91)

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Denon DRM-800


The Denon DRM-800 is a top line stereo cassette tape deck, capable of outstanding performance in combination with high grade hifi systems.

Denon proudly presents this advanced tape deck to audiophiles and music lovers as further proof of our non-compromising pursuit of the ultimate in sound quality.

The high quality performance and easy operation are certain to provide you with many hours of outstanding listening pleasure.


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 capstan, 1 x reel, 1 x actuator

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.038%

Input: 80mV (line)

Output: 0.62V (line)

Dimensions: 434 x 135 x 303mm

Weight: 4.6kg


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Reviewed Mar 28th, 2017 by colorfoto

I really love my DRM-800a tape deck. It has never failed me and I will keep it for many years to come. Could any of you please tell me the ACA-## number of the side panels as I would love to buy them for it. Thank you very much.

Reviewed Aug 30th, 2016 by nteh

Quiet mechanics, good sound

Reviewed Jun 01st, 2016 by zq71

Denon's TOTL in their 1990 lineup. Has many, but not all features you could ask for for a high-end deck, including AMR 3 head, close loop mech, CD direct in and gold plated connectors. Lacks some fancy design featured in flagships of other makers, like DD capstan, switchable display or seperate channel level/bias control.
The 'precision component' tagline was adequate. Parts used in the machine are very reliable, however not necessarily with best spec. For example, opamps used are mostly ROHM BA15218s, which are neither known as the most powerful nor the most sweet sounding. Elcos are LL series, low failure rate indeed, but not acoustically impressive. Belts used in the mech are tough, very few have failed despite most units were manufactured between 89-90.
All in all, a very valuable deck of mid-high range!

Reviewed Mar 12th, 2016 by RocknRollRelic

I picked up one of these from one of my local thrifts....a top of the line machine in it's day that I would not otherwise have afforded. It plays beautifully, with great sound stage and presence, and has re-awakened my interest in my large cassette collection. Like LPs, there is just a certain characteristic to tape that defies explanation. Highly recommended.....

Reviewed Aug 01st, 2015 by Blackhawk1991

Denon DRM-800A. Decent Deck. Looks nice and works very well. Really a working horse. Had this unit for three years. Quiet smooth mechanism and good quality amorphous heads, never had a problem with any tapes. A bit weaker on the amplifier/electronics part but you get what you give. For the money it costs these days it's almost perfect middle-end deck.



re: DRM-800

This was my workhorse for fifteen years. I have made possibly 800+ tapes for myself, friends and family. It has worked flawlessly for it's entire service life. The only better sounding deck I've had is a Nakamichi, but that unit was very unreliable, eventually needing the entire transport replaced at significant cost.

re: DRM-800

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Very useful, Many Thanks for this one.
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Successor DRM-800A saved tape

Successor DRM-800A saved tape length and counter position when device is switched off

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