Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1977-84)
Magnificent musical performance, compact and efficient size, unfailing electronics, stress free mechanics. The RT-707 reflects Pioneer's stay ahead success in Hi-Fi by offering all the things you know you need in an open reel deck, and then some.
Design is 4-head, 3-motor, 2-speed (19/9.5 cm/sec), auto reverse (playback only), continuous play with pitch controllable AC Servo Direct Drive capstan. Format is quarter inch, 4-track, 2-channel stereo. Performance is 0.05% WRMS wow/flutter, 58dB signal-to-noise, 20 to 28,000Hz frequency response.
And the extras are 2-step Bias, 2-step EQ, ± 6% Pitch Control, Permalloy heads, independent mic/line with mixing, wide-throw VUs, auto reverse / infinite play and auto reversing index, electronic switching (logic circuit), Pause, REC ON/OFF switching for each channel, and lots more.
This new Pioneer Series 700 open reel deck sounds as good as it looks - the rich and dependable sound of the best old-fashioned decks, plus the technical advantages and conveniences of the new generation of Hi-Fi tape machines. Stay ahead in Hi-Fi with Pioneer.
Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo system
Heads: 2 x playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase
Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan
Reel size: up to 7 inch reel
Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.05% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 28kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB
Total harmonic distortion: 1%
Input: 50mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)
Output: 0.45V (line)
Semiconductors: 67 x transistors, 47 x diodes
Dimensions: 480 x 230 x 356mm
Accessories: PR-85 metal reel, connecting cords, head cleaning kit, sensing tape, splicing tape
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Reviewed Oct 09th, 2016 by RTM
It's THE quarter track machine to own, along with the 909. The 909 took the quarter track format to the edge of the format's capability. But that difference isn't really worth arguing about. Truthfully, with GOOD tape, the difference between half track and quarter track (from about 1976 or so) forward began to become a bit ephemeral. To my ear (in this order) the RT-2022/44, 1050 (both 2/4 track) 909,707 and then the 1020's. (H/L). I own (or have owned) them all. In general, they're all (even still) undervalued in the marketplace. Unless they're something WRONG with the caps in your machines, you shouldn't experience much of a difference. IF there are leaky/swollen caps, there might be a conversation to be had. In my experience, the mod industry popped up to help repair folks once again peddle their wares. If you have the pocket change to spare (or IF there's a genuine issue) I say go for it. But out of all these machines (that I've owned multiple samples of some six or seven deep) NONE have had capacitor issues. I have had one or two with CSJ's (from having been stored/maintained /transported poorly), but no cap issues. YMMV. Grab 'em and GROWL!!!
Reviewed Oct 08th, 2016 by Namikis
Just sold my 8th 707. I have a habit of buying, restoring, and then giving up on them and then buying another one a few months later. A tip (that I was going to follow but avoided by selling): The 707 jumps into a whole new level of performance if you find one with in-good-condition heads and then have the patience (and/or money) to recap it with higher quality caps. A fellow audio geek in my area had one redone (wish I had bought it from him - he later sold it) and the deck was magical - the quality of recordings went up into 2-track league from my PoV. I may do that to the next 707 I buy. There are a boatload of caps there (will upload the list later for others to use here), so tenacity and a healthy Hakko 808 are a must if you are going to Nichicon your 707.
Reviewed Sep 26th, 2016 by konajoe
Bought mine off an old repair tech about 20 years ago. Paid less than $150 for it back then. It still works like a dream. Glad I had the opportunity to tell someone besides my wife!
Reviewed Mar 21st, 2016 by matthewnorth
I have owned 2 Rt707s for many years, very solid but was never convinced of the sound. recently I bought a new spool of LPR 35 tape and boy thats what it needed. if you want a good hifi reel to reel this is one of the very best.
Reviewed Dec 19th, 2014 by nelutu
Little but M uch better sound than akai or teac
Reviewed Oct 02nd, 2014 by reelplayer