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TEAC V-3000

Stereo Cassette Tape Deck

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TEAC V-3000

Specifications

Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

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

Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

Frequency Response: 15Hz to 21kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 80dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.045%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 3%

Input: 60mV (line)

Output: 0.44V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 149 x 355mm

Weight: 6.9kg

Accessories: RC-393 remote control

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Reviewed Jan 03rd, 2018 by dnoel01

For cassette freaks, the great decks are defined as much by what they DON'T have as what they DO have. The 3-head design is obviously a must-have, while dual cassette wells, auto-reverse and track search are the must NOT haves. Of all the decks I have owned since the late '70's, the V-3000 is my personal favorite for both its excellent performance and its great aesthetics. I purchased mine new in 1991 and it is still my go-to deck for both recording and playback, not that I do much recording these days. This is a large unit by early 90's standards, more akin to the late 70's chassis, so it really has a tendency to stand out in your audio rack, which isn't a bad thing at all. The center-well design, amber lighting and the clean front panel look great, with a multi-mode tape counter and RTZ return to zero function that speeds up finding a specific point in the tape and determining remaining time. Bias fine tuning is another great feature, again if you're still making recordings, as I always found slight bias differences in the tape formulations of Denon, Fuji, TDK, and Maxell. These decks are hard to find, at least ones in mint condition at a reasonable price. If you do find one though, you won't be disappointed...very musical and reliable piece of equipment.

 

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