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Hitachi D-E99

Stereo Cassette Tape Deck (1981-84)

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Hitachi D-E99


Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.75 cm/s

Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x FG servo, 1 x DC

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, FeCr, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.032%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%

Input: 100mV (line), 0.4mV (mic)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Semiconductors: 11 x IC, 58 x transistors, 2 x FET, 58 x diodes, 14 x LED

Dimensions: 435 X 110 x 282mm

Weight: 6.3kg

Year: 1981


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re: D-E99

I would say this was very close to my Nakamichi Dragon, definitely use the auto-tape response system, that, along with the closed loop dual capstan, this recorder gives inky black silence and no discernible warble. The record level meter is something to behold. I wish all decks had such a bright, well sized and fast reacting meter like this one.

Three things to watch out for, leaky batteries (this unit has a memory for each tape type - a couple of AAs in the back), oiling (you need four different types of lube - once every 600 tapes) and the erase head splitting (recordings become muffled/print through from previous recording).

A nice, very hard to find, deck made at the pinnacle of Hitachi Japan's reputation.

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