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TEAC X-1000R

Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

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TEAC X-1000R


The TEAC X-1000R was built to the highest standards under strict quality control to give years of faultless service.

It incorporates many outstanding features for the true recording enthusiast such as integral DBX type I noise reduction.


Track system: auto reverse, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo system

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

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: up to 10.5 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.03% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 34kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.8%

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

Output: 0.45V (line)

Dimensions: 432 x 452 x 262mm

Weight: 22kg

Accessories: RE-1003 empty reel, TZ-612A reel adaptors, connecting cords, splicing tape, sensing tape



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Reviewed Oct 19th, 2019 by rkrause957

Over all a very solid reel to reel tape recorder. But there are some issues that need to be considered. If you get one with the original belts you will need to replace it because the original has turned into a tar like substance. Worse yet if someone tries to run it the tar like belt could throw tar all over the inside. Another issue is tape slack in one direction or both. Usual cause is incorrect belt. There is also an extra washer that is suppose to be on the mount for the Capstan motor. If it's not in the correct place you will hear all sorts of noise inside the recorder. One last issue is that the sensor that detects end of tape and cause tape travel too reverse only works in forward play. At the end of reverse play the machine relies on the counter to hit 0000 to trigger tape direction switch. Weak forward and reverse motors can also be a problem. I really do like this tape recorder once you iron out the bugs. The audio electronics seems too be built like a tank. If you use a good quality low noise tape the output quality could just blow you away. Great deck but watch that belt if you buy one.

Reviewed Feb 17th, 2018 by guest

I own a number of open reel decks, all properly aligned and calibrated. The Teac X 1000R has the most advanced electronically controlled transport and feature set as well as the most extended frequency response of all of my desks (Revox A77/B77 and Crown 600). That said, the Teac deck is very complex by comparison and required more effort to restore. The deck is convenient with it's auto reverse capability and can record superb analogue tapes with about 90 dB of signal to noise ratio because of it's DBX 1 capability. The build quality is good but not to the standard of the US Crown or Revox decks. Still highly recommended.



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Agreed, sounds much better than the fully sorted 2 track high speed Revox B77, which will be up for sale soon. I much prefer the sound and convenience of the X-1000R.

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Was there more than one model of this deck? Mine is black and the head placement doesn't seem to match the service manual. The record and play heads appear to be swapped.

EDIT: Just looked at the owner's manual - the picture of the heads in that one match my unit, but the service manual does not.

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it fit's power transformer for X10; X20 or X700 (5320006600) to X1000?

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When I press the play button in the forward and reverse direction, it attempts to play but no movement of the reels.

The rewind and fast forward works fine, I am not sure if my settings are correct when trying to play the reel. Any suggestions.

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Check the tension arm. It may need to be replaced.. OR, you may have an issue with one of the motors, which may be slightly out of alignment. Does it work if you remove the reel cap?

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Make sure the transport mechanism contacts "CAPSTAN" first and then go from there and troubleshoot "free" movement of all mechanical portion of the transport system.

Sometimes, the position of the tension arm on the right side that also measures elapse time on tape, affects play forward and reverse operation.

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Frequently the solenoid that presses the pinch rollers against the capstans cannot overcome resistance from old lube on the mechanism. You can verify that the pinch rollers have lifted by exercising the manual tape lifter. If that should work, some oil on the mechanism could permanently correct the problem.

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there are potentiometers, to set tape tension, check the service manual for procedure, page 5. mark their setting, use deoxit to spray them. (watch the marks not to be washed out), turn potentiometers few times to clean it. it will restore machine.

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Is the tape tracking off to the sides of the heads when placed into play mode. Try flipping over the pinch rollers to see if the fault changes, old rollers that are out of shape can cause mistracking. I've repaired many machines, and sometimes mistracking can be caused by low back tension on the supply reel. Set the machine upside down so you can look right down on the head stack so you can get a better view of the problem. Does the tape climb up out of the guides, is the capstan belt fairly new.

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I have the manual and have reviewed it in full. I have the record mode on and for some reason I am unable to record. I am very disciplined when it comes to cleaning the tape heads, capstan, and pinch rollers with a q-tip and 91% isopropyl alchohol. In fact I clean them everytime I make a new recording on a new reel. I keep going from the source to tape and monitor the recording, but there seems to be a complete disconnect.
Maybe I am missing something. Is there someplace I can take my machine to get the heads realigned in the San Diego area without it costing me a bloody fortune, or do I have to send my machine to Los Angeles to the TEAC corporation?
Anyway, it would be GREAT to get a response from someone in the not-too-distant future. Thanks.

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Don't use 91% alcohol, it contains water and that not good on the heads. Use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol available at any drug store.......

Also, Contact Pacific Stereo in your area, this guy is genius when it comes to Teac's, he's retired Sr. Tech with Teac....

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It seems as though the tape twists and doesn't play correctly flat and does not meet the contacts properly when the start button is pushed. How can I prevent the tape from falling to the side when the play button starts the mechanism? It seems that the heads are not aligned correctly and/ or the tape is being forced off the track by the roller.What should I do about this issue?

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Try reversing the pinch rollers, just one time. If this does not work, clean the rollers and check for hardened surfaces. Adjust the azimuth, tilt and tangent of the heads. You can lay the unit flat and check relative positions of loaded tape, should be perfect parallel with the heads, guides and rollers. If this does not fix your problem, tension arms need to be adjusted and calibrated. Good luck


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TEAC X 1000R

Quite possibly you may have solved a problem that has driven me crazy for the last week since I purchased a secondhand deck without a manual. The quality of playback of my old tapes was fantastic, but I could not get the machine to record. The deck is being checked by a service person tomorrow. I discovered your site and it is most likely that I used the simpler recording process of Record+Play that I used for twenty years on a succession of Revox and simpler TEAC machines instead of the simultaneous pressing of Play+Record in standby mode.
Many thanks from a very grateful Aussie.
Best wishes.


Your tape deck heads needs to be cleaned. Do you have a service manual I can have? Thank you

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