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Stereo Cassette Deck (1980)

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Single lever 4-stage tape select switch makes the KD-A55 compatible with all types of tape including the new metal tape format.

Full logic control with 2-motor independent drive mechanism. SA record/play head with wear resistance comparable with ferrite and sound quality better than Permalloy.

Highly efficient SA erase head capable of erasing high-coercitivity Metal tape. Self illuminating control buttons clearly indicate the operational mode. ANRS and Super ANRS greatly reduce tape hiss noise and improve linearity at high frequencies.


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: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: ANRS

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 18kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 65dB  (ANRS)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%

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

Output: 0.5V (line)

Semiconductors: 11 x IC, 59 x transistors, 61 x diodes

Dimensions: 450 x 420 x 120mm

Weight: 7kg


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Reviewed Jan 10th, 2019 by dave007james

Excellent deck. Good solid logic control engagement.
Great performance and better tape drop-out performance compared to other units.
I've refurbished/serviced 4 of these recently and the build quality is high.

Reviewed Oct 09th, 2018 by durstsam1234

I would say from what my tech said jvcs technical specs were a bit conservative and he had better on this 38 YO deck.

It is actually a three head but without tape monitor function whis is unusual.

I wondered what all the fuss was about JVC decks but this one once serviced snswered my questions.

Easy to use and sounds/looks great.

Only kept off the 10/10 by the big boy revox/nak/tascam etc but for me as closer as you will get in a lesser deck.

Sendust heads always sound great and the ones in this are no exception.



re: KD-A55

Its a two head deck. The "third head" is only used for music search. But yes its a great sounding deck. Very solid, built like a tank.

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