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Pioneer CT-93

Stereo Cassette Tape Deck (1990-96)

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Pioneer CT-93


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 reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x aux

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, S, HX Pro

Frequency Response: 15Hz to 22kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 83dB  (dolby S)

Wow and Flutter: 0.022%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.6%

Input: 60mV (line)

Output: 0.3V (line)

Dimensions: 457 x 136 x 370mm

Weight: 10.8kg

Year: 1990


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Reviewed Feb 12th, 2016 by pilebgd

Warm and detailed sound, excelent construction, beautiful looks. Possible the best Pioneer deck.

Reviewed Dec 19th, 2014 by RTM

I bought mine in 1996, a demo unit from the then going out of business Discrminating Ear audio concern. In my experience (4 CT-F1250's, one new, 3 restored to new, CT-F1000, Denon DRM-800, Nak Dragon, DR-1, BX-300,BX-150 and a pile of lesser GW store finds) It's a dead heat with the Dragon for the Greatest Cassette machine of all time. (The Dragon would probably barely get the edge in the pre-recorded tape category for obvious reasons.....) It lacks pitch control, and it lacks on the fly Azimuth adjustment. What it has is ABOVE (if there can be such a thing) mil-spec construction and Dolby S. It sounds pretty much like a live feed to me. IF you bias it right (I don't let the machine do it, but it comes unsettlingly close, and it CAN do it, which is fun to watch) it can make the difference between IP/OP pretty much null and void. It's really BEAUTIFUL. Pioneer's had its ups and downs (All Manufacturers have) and this (to me) represents it at its last undisputed all time high in terms of ne plus ultra design and execution. (The Absolute Sound gushed over it, and they never gush over anything, especially if it's Japanese.) It also features a Headphone jack (and it's not underpowered, for a change....) and defeatable HX Pro. A machine for the ages. With a GOOD tape, it can even make a Dragon break a sweat.



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Update: After looking through my records, I bought my deck in August of 1994, not 1996. But it surpasses the Dragons I've used/own/worked on. The case can be made for there being NO perfect deck, but if the Dragon excels in all areas concerning head alignment on tapes made commercially or on other machines, then the 93 takes the prize for best overall, largely on the excellence of implementation of HX Pro and the Dolby S (and B and C) NR systems. If pitch control is at the top of your list then you're better off with a Nak BX-300 or one of the vintage Pioneers. (Like the CT-F1250, of which I own/restored four.) At the very least it's in the top three or so.....

re: CT-93

Hi! First time here, sorry for my english, it's a little poor...

I'm looking for the 2 engines to drive the k7 for this model.

Have you un idea where I can find them?

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