hifi engine

Manual Library / TEAC


Stereo Cassette Deck (1981-83)

add a review (1 review)



Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

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

Motor: 1 x capstan, 1 x reel

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, DBX

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 92dB  (DBX)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 3%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)

Output: 0.3V (line)

Dimensions: 482 x 147 x 345mm

Weight: 9.5kg



 Login or register to post reviews

Reviewed Dec 26th, 2018 by VintageAudioGeek

Have two C-3RX cassette decks. One with wood cabinet (bought new in 1981) and one rack-mount. Both decks never cease to amaze. Built-in dbx, when used properly, virtually eliminates any tape noise, and the transport is built like a tank.

Belts and idler tires are still available and about the only thing that I've ever had to do to these decks..

Would recommend this deck highly to anyone lucky enough to find one.



re: C-3RX

I would agree with VAG above regarding the worthiness and durability of the C-3RX; the design is similar to my A-4010 and 7010 R-R machines. The problem I have with all of them is that they were designed to be worked to death, not sit for long periods of time. In particular my C-3RX belt is literally adhered to the capstan flywheel and other pulleys and is very sticky when I try to remove it...it has the consistency of thick not quite dry paint. I have tried acetone on cotton swabs to remove it but they only slightly soften the belt and this presents me with a long, tedious process to remove if ever. I have considered elevating the solvent to lacquer thinner but am concerned about what it might do to the other pulleys. Any ideas? I would love to transfer some or all of my several hundred tapes to digital format for convenience as well as listen to all of them again in their analog splendor; most were recorded with a Grace F-9 Ruby so they render warmth and image like you'd never believe.

re: C-3RX

I found this file in my archives. Hope it helps

"Subject: Cleaning Melted Rubber on Idlers & Belts
I have restored many consumer Ampex machines because of this problem. A
bulletin I got from Ampex stated this was caused by improper "Curing"
of the rubber product. I found that Paint Thinner removes the black goo
quite easily. Lighter fluid works also, but purchasing the Paint
thinner is a lot cheaper then the Ronsonol. I still and will continue
to use Ronsonol for cleaning the Heads on my Tape Decks. I clean the
Idler drives with Vita-Drive, the Capstan Rubber pinch roller with
Alcohol, and give the Heads a final wipe with Alcohol, then a Dry Q-tips."

This website is not affiliated with or sponsored by TEAC. To purchase C-3RX spares or accessories, please contact the company via their website or visit an authorised retailer.