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Sony TCD-D7

Digital Audio Tape Recorder (1993-94)

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Sony TCD-D7


Type: digital audio tape deck

Track System: 2-channel stereo

Recording Time: 240 minutes

Heads: rotary

Sampling Frequency: 32-48kHz

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio: 87dB

Dynamic Range: 87dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.008%

Analogue Inputs: 80mV (line), 0.4mV (mic)

Analogue Outputs: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 132.6 x 36.7 x 88.2mm

Weight: 0.5kg


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Reviewed Jun 04th, 2018 by AttilaSVK

I bought this DAT recorder in 2015 for a very reasonable price on eBay. Since then I was using it only on occasions, but it always did the job without any issues, be it playback or recording.
The only problem is that one of the optical cables (the output one) on the POC-DA12 digital I/O cable broke while it was neatly coiled in the drawer. The digital output still works, but not with all the digital inputs.
The other half point I deducted of 10 was because you can only add Start IDs during recording. For removing these IDs (or adding them during playback) the RM-D3K remote control kit is required, which is a bit unfair, especially if the TCD-D7 is your only DAT recorder. Nowadays is generally cheaper to get a second DAT recorder component than any accessory for the D7, if you want remote control capability, editing features and/or digital I/O.
Despite all these shortcomings it's still an awesome DAT deck, and it still surprises me how the engineers managed to cram all that electronics and the mechanism into such a small space.

Reviewed Feb 01st, 2017 by lowlow007

When it wants to work it's ok, this stuff is very capricious, sometime yes sometime no. It's not a legend ! But when it wants (at least !) working, it's an amazing DAT recorder, coupled with a pair of good microphones, you have a real pro mastering.
Incredible. Ah yes:
If you catch one one these please take off the auto cleaning head foam (cylinder)!
It's not a neccessary part ...



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