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Tandberg TCD 3014

Stereo Cassette Recorder (1984-94)

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Tandberg TCD 3014


Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Heads: 1 x playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 18Hz to 23kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 2%

Input: 100mV (line)

Output: 0.7V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 166 x 350mm

Weight: 9.8kg

Accessories: RC 20 remote control

Year: 1985


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Reviewed Apr 04th, 2018 by luckyx02

Tandberg has tried to preserve the live character of a recording and its dynamics with the help of complex circuits. Unfortunately, they were forced to make commercial compromises. So the Dolby network is more or less bad. The playback of foreign recorded Dolby tapes almost impossible. Curiously, with Dolby-B cassettes the worse than with Dolby-C. The drive shines with unsteady tape tension. The deck should have been warmed up for at least 15 minutes, until you can expect a constancy. Playback of foreign Dolby recorded tapes is an impossible task with the 3014.

Jazz, classical, or big band music are prefered. All non-electric instruments sound very good with extremely high dynamics. But as soon as modern pop music or electric guitars come into play, it's over, no deepest bass below 80Hz, missing top end over 16Khz. Without Dolby the things looks different, much better adapted.
But his (Dolby!) recordings are amazingly playable in all devices both Nakamichis with the old IEC, as well as on all other excellent. The quality is outstanding. So the big Tandberg leaves a very ambiguous impression. As a single device almost unusable, since any tolerance, both mechanically and in electronic circuitry for foreign tapes is missing, but in recording-playback he is the king of all tape recorders, but only for classical and jazz !

Reviewed Mar 24th, 2014 by Chickenwatt

The only rival to the Nakamichi but with better construction and state of the art finish, the only caveat tape travel a bit unstable and the heads loose their response with years producing high frequency drop down, I've repaired like 30 of them



re: TCD-3014

The TCD 3014 has 3 heads. It has a "mark 2" which is 3014A, and that means improved audio components.

re: TCD-3014

The fault every technician do is using the wrong the Dolby level. it looks like a simple printing error :

"If you use a Dolby NR level cassette (200nW/400Hz!) adjust to 580mV measured on TP4 on both Dolby NR boards"

It must be : 680mV(!!!) instead 580mV. I think its the biggest printing error in HiFi history. Making a wonderfull deck completely incompatible with foreign Dolby recordings ! The meter must be exact on the middle of the Dolby mark if all is correct adjusted.

If you have the rare Tandberg cassette No.24 with 250nW/1000Hz you MUST use a different measuring point : "Play 700mV sockets!!!"

Be aware on this mistake 99 % of all 3014 owner making.

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