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JVC KD-10

Stereo Cassette Deck (1978)

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JVC KD-10

Description

The KD-10 is priced even lower than other JVC decks, but still includes the following features: 5-LED Peak Indicator, a Timer Standby Facility, Automatic Input Selector, JVC's electronic governor motor and more.

In line with other, more expensive decks, performance parameters - such as a high signal to noise ratio (56dB from peak level, weighted) - guarantee long years of musical enjoyment.

The KD-10 is a high value, high performance deck at a budget cost.

Specifications

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

Motor: electronic governor DC

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 40Hz to 15kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 61dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.5%

Input: 80mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 0.41V (line)

Dimensions: 420 x 149 x 264mm

Weight: 4.5kg

Year: 1978

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Reviewed Nov 08th, 2016 by HyJack

After fed up with my German tape recorders (all of them had serious issues after a short usage) I got this deck about 1976. The rack design was very new those days in Germany. Also, JVC was not popular but I read about it in a consumer test magazine where it beats the entire German companies by far.
The two separated turn knobs for the level control was for me the only inconvenience compared to the normal coaxial controls. But from that time one I had Dolby B, peak indicator reading and FrCr tape position. I recorded as much as possible with joy. On our teen parties it was a star and the sound was really impressive for a two head device. This deck leads my attention to JVC in general and I replaced all my components with JVC devices. After 6 years I sold it in very good shape to a friend. It never had any issues or repair needed. This item was therefore a historic milestone in my Hifi life and never forgotten.
I gave it up to gain a better one with three heads and Dolby C.
The tapes recorded that time are still playable in acceptable quality, however a bit corrections have to set on my current deck.

 

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