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Pioneer CT-9R

Stereo Tape Cassette Deck (1981-82)

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Pioneer CT-9R


If you're looking for a cassette deck in a class by itself, consider the CT-9R, Pioneer's top model. Feature for feature and specification for specification, it out competitions the competition by a large margin.

The new tape transport used in the CT-9R, we believe, is the most sophisticated and accurate on the market. By utilizing three direct-drive motors - one for capstan drive, one for supply-reel drive, and one for take-up-reel drive, moving parts are kept to a minimum, assuring speed accuracy and stability and transport reliability that are all far superior to conventional designs.

The capstan drive motor uses a Periphery Integration system (like the one used in our turntables) to accurately monitor the moment to moment speed. For even more accuracy, the motor is controlled by a Quartz-PLL speed control system.

The CT-9R features a special convenience called Blank Skip & Reverse that lets you now forgo the long silence you previously had to put up with after the last song on the first side, and before play began again on the second side. As soon as the end of recorded material is detected - an unrecorded portion lasting more than 8 seconds - the deck enters the fast mode, reverses at the tape end and quickly locates the beginning of the first song on the second side.

Additionally, thanks to an optoelectrical leader-tape detection system built into the erase head, direction change occurs the second the translucent leader tape is detected. The interruption in music is barely perceptible.


Type: auto reverse, 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

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

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 19kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%

Input: 65mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 420 x 130 x 320mm

Weight: 6.5kg

Year: 1982


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Reviewed Aug 22nd, 2018 by 8eighties8

Great deck with many functions. 3 head, dual capstan, auto-ble (bias). Built like a tank. Works fine after 37 years!

Reviewed Jun 12th, 2018 by JOSENIEV

Now that I have over 37 years repairing and collecting Hi-Fi equipment, I get my hands on the top of the line: 1982 Cassette Tape Deck CT-9R from Pioneer. It has been a pleasant and sad experience at the same time. This is perhaps the best Pioneer cassette equipment in its history, due to the electronic and mechanical advances that it incorporates, but with an unforgivable error: the bad auto-reverse system that after a few years of use, stops the turn of the head tower because the lubricant dries and practically ruins the equipment. When disarming it I checked the incredible amount of electronic circuitry, the high refinement of the system of 3 independent direct drive motors with quartz control, the large number of operating options including the fast auto-BLE, Dolby b and c type. The only way that I managed to revive this fantastic equipment after cleaning it and changing the only rubber strap that it uses, was eliminating the Auto-Reverse system by means of the selector that is in the panel frotal fortunately. Now I have used the equipment in a traditional way (unidirectional) and it is a true acoustic wonder, it achieves a recording of professional studio quality, with a very low background noise and a full frequency response with deep bass and crystal clear treble in any type of cassette . It is also worth noting the low distortion of the recorded sound that when switching between source and recording, thanks to the 3-head system, there is no difference between the already recorded sound and the original source. The digital tape counter in real time makes recording much easier by indicating how many minutes of tape are left before ending. I really love this CT-9R that at 37 years records sound like when I was new.

Reviewed Feb 12th, 2014 by mrstan

I bought this cassette player thinking it looked very modern. The tape head spins around when you play the other tape side.. This seems to automatically make it come out of adjustment. The tape player died three times from a bad main board, and had to go back to the OEM for repair... Maybe it was just mine, but this was the biggest lemon that I ever had to burden.



re: CT-9R

I had one as well. Saving grace is that my father-in-law bought it for me.

It also had the issue of the tape head going out of alignment when head spun for auto reverse. The local service station sent it back to Pioneer for service and it was gone for months. When it got back - same issue.

And the automatic adjustment functions made very high frequency shy recordings. My Yamaha three head tape decks do a much better job with tape tuning as did my now defunct Onkyo.

One day out of frustration I took it into the garage (with no cars in it), lifted it over my head, and tossed it to the ground. A very satisfying moment. I felt like I was Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments:).

Lemon is too kind a term. At least you can make lemonade with lemons or flavor tea.

re: CT-9R

I liked your opinion about this deck. It seems it brought too much frustration and despair. And maybe I understood why your garage is empty)).

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