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Sony DTC-1000ES

Digital Audio Tape Recorder

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Sony DTC-1000ES


Type: digital audio tape deck

Track System: 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 8.15 mm/s

Recording Time: 120 minutes

Heads: 2000rpm, rotary

D/A Converter: 16 bit linear

A/D Converter: 16 bit linear

Sampling Frequency: 48, 44.1, 32kHz

Frequency Response: 2Hz to 22kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio: 92dB

Dynamic Range: 90dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0055%

Digital Inputs: coaxial

Digital Outputs: coaxial

Dimensions: 470 x 100 x 420mm

Weight: 12kg

Accessories: remote control



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Reviewed Jan 20th, 2017 by giro1991

With a real tape loaded you can monitor the signal at SPDIF OUT, either in rec-pause (standby) mode or in write mode.
Rec-pause mode will not engage if a tape is not present, nor will it remain engaged for longer than 10minutes at any one time.
So two options,
You can either use a 120minute tape and be restricted to that duration in write mode;
stay in 'record-pause mode' but face the problem of it switching off automatically every 10 mins.
I'm can't determine how to bypass the timer,

The main microcomputer chip has an external oscillator, I though to perhaps disable it, because there is a 10minute timer, and timers need reference.

More info on 44.1 sampling mod here:

Reviewed Nov 02nd, 2015 by gortonandy

Despite not being able to record at 44.1kHz (unless modified) this is the best early DAT machine due to its superlative 4 motor mechanism. Much, much better than the 300ES, 500ES and even the 55ES (as these had overly complicated three motor mechanisms that relied heavily on bits of felt). It also had tantalum caps in the headamp (unlike all later models) so no potential problems there. It still plays back at 44kHz so for archiving to PC it's ideal.

Reviewed Jan 29th, 2015 by guest

Super, egal Aiwa DX-001.



re: DTC-1000ES

Hi, can this be used as a DAC?

I.e; as with most Sony MiniDisc decks, you can feed a digital source to the deck, press record without any media loaded and it will provide DAC purposes so you can listen to the source through the line outputs on the back.

This DTC-1000ES interests me as some models use the Philips TDA1541A DAC chip which is my favourite sounding DAC, I just need confirmation that DAC mode is actually a possibility with this machine before parting with any money.

Hope someone can help!

re: DTC-1000ES

Yes, you can this be used as a DAC.

You can provides digital signal from the computer -> CM108 -> TDA1541

Follow the topic http://vnav.vn/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=82005&start=50

re: DTC-1000ES

No this won't work out of the box. The Recorder will only stay about 5 min in da mode when Record is Paused! On the other hand out of the box these machines accepts only 48000khz digital Input. This is because this early machine doesnt use SCMS Protection, this 48000 limitation prevents from copying CDs!

But there are sone modified devieces out... But you need to know this before you buy!
Still, this dtc 1000 is a great sounding machine. I own two of them. The second of them is a modifid ex. studio dat with XLR plugs allowing 44100 and permanent DA converting.


Sony dtc-1000es manual

Can you post the Sony dtc-1000es owners manual pleaseee? Icant find anywhere

Thank you

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Sony DTC-1000ES

Put the one in the library a day ago. Hope it will appear soon

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