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TEAC A-1500

Stereophonic Tape Recorder (1966)

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TEAC A-1500


The TEAC model A-1500 stereo tape deck offers four hours of uninterrupted playback by a unique automatic reverse system.

Three motors and four heads assure superb performance from an all push-button system delivering professional quality sound.

Additional features include ADD recording and stereo echo.


Track system: 4/2-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

Heads: 1 x record, 2 x playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x capstan, 2 x reel

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.12% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB

Crosstalk: 50dB

Input: 100mV (line), 1mV (mic)

Output: 1.0V (line)

Weight: 42lbs

Year: 1966



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Reviewed Oct 08th, 2018 by

Ordered a new drive belt and this thing plays like a dream. I may be a bit biased because this is my first reel to reel, but tearing into it made me appreciate the build quality, engineering, and features. Impressive today, can only imagine how it was back then.

Reviewed Mar 20th, 2015 by

Good, sturdy and very heavy deck. Just pulled it out of storage after 40 years and it started right up. Got the ugly portable version but it has the same features as the nice wooden sided one.



re: A-1500

Bought from a thrift store in 2013, been in storage since then, took it out and cleaned it up and unit works great. Very well built unit and heavy. planning on doing a complete restore(caps etc.) in the future but right now just enjoying the great sound.

re: A-1500

This is a great deck for the price. replaced all belts and oiled her up & away we go!!!
worth having if you want to play tapes analog . . . it's the way to listen!!!

re: A-1500

Hi Ronald. I read your review and I would like to know if you would be willing to share some of your experience on re-building the unit; i.e. where is a good place to purchase replacement parts? I also would like to know which parts I should look at. I bought this unit way back in 1970 when I was in the service. I don't have any of the cables or the dark cover for the front, but I would like to get it operating again. Would you be willing to help an old timer out?

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