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Realistic SCT-42

Stereo Cassette Deck (1983)

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Realistic SCT-42


Type: auto reverse, 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.75 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 45Hz to 18kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%

Input: 100mV (line), 0.4mV (mic)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 110 x 272mm

Weight: 4.7kg

Year: 1983



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Hi guys;
Can anyone give some information(Realistic cassette player MODEL #sct-74)can anyone
help me.

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Barney Custer's picture

re: SCT-42

I just acquired a SCT-43 and it looks for all intent and purposes like the SCT-42. Is there much difference?

Thermionicman's picture

re: SCT-42

Just picked one of these up at a thrift store. Looks nice and being made by Hitachi worth a restore.

Belt was black goo so unit doesn't play. I'm going to order a belt but would appreciate any tips on getting the new one installed. Has anyone done this or can you point me to a service manual please?



sbrservice's picture

re: SCT-42

Yes ... done this many times on other decks (not this realistic-model)

You will probably need to dismount de mechanism (entirely) from the front and the chassis
Once you have that part in hands ... dismount the triangular part that is holding the flywheel / capstan

Clean well all the parts having that glue-y rubber on them

Look for a replacement belt ... if you can't get the measure ... just use some small wire or fine cord to measure the diametre and get some "standard" replacement.
Normally the "width" of the belt will be 2 or 3 mm

I had some luck using belts from cheapo-decks used in portable radio-cassette-players ... but this can be different for each deck to repair

Good luck !

bellarmine's picture

Realistic SCT-42 AKA Hitachi D-RV7

I just found out recently that this Realistic SCT-42 deck is a carbon-copy of my Hitachi D-RV7 deck. I'd been looking for a manual for my Hitachi for years, fortunately I found a chap who had an SCT-42 with the owner's manual, and he very kindly scanned it and uploaded right here. Thanks a bunch earlcatmusic, you really made my day!!

Here's a link to my D-RV7, like twin brothers aren't they?....:^)


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