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Tandberg TCD 310

Stereo Cassette Deck (1974-77)

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Tandberg TCD 310


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Tape Type: type I, CrO2

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 55Hz to 12.5kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.2%

Input: 40mV (line), 0.15mV (mic)

Output: 0.775V (line)

Year: 1976


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Reviewed Nov 17th, 2016 by Darcon

I just acquired a TCD 310 that I want to wall mount to hook up to a computer to record FLC files onto cassette. In the manual, it said it had a fixed level headphone jack - turns out there isn't one (USA model 1976). Anyone know if a RCA to 1/4 (or 3/8 Mini) female adapter would solve this problem to monitor the output to set the sound levels ? Other than that the deck sounds great and looks like it just came out of the box!

Reviewed Mar 15th, 2016 by ilkkasuni

In the 70's. I was sort of determined to one day buy a Tandberg cassette deck, as those could be mounted both horizontally and vertically. At a dealer's, I bumped into a demo dec TCD 310 Mk II, they let me take home for the weekend.

Dual capstan, 3 motors, now we're talking. I liked the solid build, there was sort of pro feel to the deck. Unfortunately, I was not happy with the way, the TCD 310 performed in audio quality, compared to the decks I previously owned. I returned the deck.

A while later, I met another Tandberg model at my friend's, I no more remember whether she was the TCD 320 or TCD 330. Anyway, I was surprised how much better the deck sounded, than the TCD 310 had done.

-ilkka suni

Reviewed May 30th, 2015 by korpberget

Absolutely great! Built as a tank. Great tone.

Reviewed Mar 29th, 2014 by Guszti




re: TCD 310

I just acquired a TCD 310 that I was really impressed by the looking and Absolutely great! Built as a tank, but not particularly happy with the tone! The tone is lower then TCD 330 and even lower then harman/kardon TD4200!
So I’m wondering if there is a problem with the adjustment or the TCD 310 has low tone compared to TCD 330? I have adjusted the head and cleaned but still the same! Is there anyone who knows more about this?

Tandberg TCD 310 MKII

Made by TANDBERGS Radiofabrikk A/S in Oslo in the 70's. Superb sounding and looking deck in my opinion with 3 motors direct drive, dual capstan, full selenoid control and nice looking analogue VU meters.

All my other more recent decks fail one by one due to problems with their belts and control electronics, but this deck keeps going.

Signals to and from the deck travel via cinch or DIN and a standard headphone jack. All these work fine after 40 years.

Two microphone inputs are provided using DIN connectors, I can't judge these as I never used them.

The built quality may be clear from its weight: 5.4 Kilogram

No problems at all then? Yes, off course, but only a few minor issues.
Sometimes after not having used the deck for a while, the eject mechanism is stuck. Pushing the button several times resolves this problem.

Also once (about 20 years ago) one of the winding motors did not function. After opening the case (without manual) the motor could be touched en revolved. Also a drop of lubricating oil was applied and the winding has been functioning ever since.

re: TCD 310

Very Good and built like a tank

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