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Sansui D-77R

Auto Reverse Cassette Deck (1982-83)

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Sansui D-77R

Specifications

Type: auto reverse, 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, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 68dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Input: 150mV (line), 0.4mV (mic)

Output: 0.24V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 118 x 223mm

Weight: 4kg

Finish: black or silver

Year: 1982

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Reviewed Mar 15th, 2017 by Recaptcha

Not impressed. I serviced two of these decks (one black and one silver), and found that the auto reverse heads on both had a cheap plastic gear that made the play head rotate, and both were cracked into small fragments. After purchasing a genuine Sansui replacement head from Germany for $50 for one, The deck was operational. The cracked movement gear seems to be a common issue with the D-77R. I was annoyed that all of the face was plastic, uncommon for vintage tape decks (most have stainless faces). Performed sound comparison with Teac A-300 and JVC CD-1770. D-77R had the poorest EQ and sound characteristics out of the group. Other features to add to my frustration
include: lack of ANY volume or level control dials, sometimes unreliable auto reverse action, and NO VU METER! Not up to Sansui's standard of heavy, solid built, audiophile decks.

 

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