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TEAC X-2000R

Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1984-90)

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TEAC X-2000R


The X-2000R incorporates a variety of functions and features including dbx noise reduction, an auto-locator function which is convenient in replay and editing and block-repeat.

To maintain very stable tape motion with optimum tape tension, it uses a full tension servo control system in which a photo-interrupter senses the position of the tension arm so that the servo mechanism can adjust the torque of the reel motor.

This mechanism eliminates the need for manual switching when using different types of reels.

In the design of the electronic circuits the same concepts were applied, especially for the high level recording required by professionals.


Track system: auto reverse, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural 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 40kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 63dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.8%

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

Output: 0.45V (line)

Dimensions: 432 x 456 x 268mm

Weight: 21kg

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


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Reviewed Sep 22nd, 2018 by

This machine has the most stable transport I have ever seen. Even while rewinding high speeds the tape path remains perfectly stable. Same can be said for the recording quality and playback. It's no less than incredible. The sound is so clean and I have literally never heard a shred of distortion for the 4 years I have owned this deck. It's really hard to screw anything up on this deck when it comes to using it. The stable tape path makes it very hard for a user to mess something up. Very easy to use.

Highly responsive VU meters, seem to be the ones that respond to every variation in the sound unlike older VU meters, meaning the peak level on these meters are accurate. And with a response of 30Hz to 40kHz and wow and flutter at 0.03% You really can't go wrong with this deck.

Reviewed Sep 11th, 2017 by

Listening to Joe Walsh on my new to me X-2000R in Mint Condition and purchased this morning at a garage sale for $1.00 :-) ..........

Reviewed Jul 01st, 2017 by

Owned a X2000R for about 15 years, and it is one of the absolutely most beautiful and sexy reel tape recorders, when it works.
I absolutely love mine, and it sounds nothing less than stellar, especially with good quality tape stock. I almost never use the DBX noise reduction when recording, as I play my tapes on various other decks that doesn't support it. It does work quite nice but sometimes have problems tracking on certain types of programme material.

There are quite a few cons of this machine, but all relates to when it is *not* fully adjusted. The tape transport is very advanced, featuring optical sensors for the tension arms, ensuring constant tension regardless of reel sizes, so no need to flip a switch, and it even allows you to mix different reel sizes. It must be pretty well adjusted.
The dual capstan also cause troubles. The belt need replacement every 5-10 years for the machine to perform it's best. Otherwise it is almost guaranteed to cause tape skew (that causes uneven wear on the heads) or tape slip (that causes the tape to loose contact to the heads).

It is really nice with a tape deck with true full auto reverse, so it both plays and records both directions. That's why it has 6 heads. It just seems pointless in my opinion that the tape has contact with all 6 heads, regardless which way it is currently playing. This increases wear on tapes and also on the heads that are not being used.

Despite the flaws, and the plastic feel, I absolutely love this deck. Mine needs some work now, but hopefully it will be up and running like new soon.

Reviewed Jun 12th, 2016 by

Very nice tape recorder , good quality

Reviewed Dec 05th, 2015 by

it is the best tape deck

Reviewed Apr 27th, 2015 by

Fantastic sound and quality



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Hello, i have one Teac X2000 R , but need service , i live in mexico .

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Mark, did you ever figure out what was causing the constant blinking record light? My x 2000 does exactly the same thing - everything works except the capstan motor.



Thank you very much for the manuals.

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Came into one of these from family estate and attempting to get it running. Rigged up an old mixed tape that came with it, but can't seem to get it to play.
The REC light is constantly flashing, the rest of the control lights seem to work, but when I attempt to play in either direction the reel just clicks and advances slightly. It will fwd and rev, although at various speeds. This due to changing tension? in tape. Any insight welcome, before I take it to a shop for a look see.


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I have just been given one of these magnificent machines, and although it seems to run reasonably enough, the tape does not adhere properly to the heads during play/record. It seems to me that the left hand capstan wheel is running fractionally faster than the right one, so the tape "bags" away from the heads, being pushed faster in than it is being recovered. (I'm running it in horizontal position). If I pull the left hand capstan wheel slightly away from its drive, (i.e. with only the right hand capstan now active) the tape runs perfectly. It might even be due to the fact that the machine hasn't been in recent use (probably stood doing nothing for a few years, I'd guess). Is this adjustable in any way that your "average user" can do, or have you any recommendations?

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I believe you have an issue of the tension arms out of adjustment. If you are Tech incline guy, you can open the plastic cabinet and try minute adjustments in R122 (forward play) and R222 (reverse play). Be very careful, so as not to wander away from within the parameters of operation. Note: You can mark original positions for a reference
point so you can go back. To do this, the unit should be plugged in with tape on one reel and a take-up reel and play mode. Tinker little bit at a time till tapes becomes taut in play, repeat for the opposite side. Think "safety" use plastic tools if possible. I have used jewelers tool for this however.

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Hi there , mine did this and all i did was cleaned the capstans , they were covered in tape debris and I now stick to maxell and tdk tapes all good again :)

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You guys are a life saver, I brought my reel in Japan in the early 80's being in the military it has spent a lot of time in storage. Now it's time to break out the old reels and let the good roll again. Thanks for everything

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Thank you for the service maual.I am new member (few hours).This manual is THE TOOL for me
to restore this superb piece of equipment that I own from brand new since 1987 and it is unused
(no more than 100 houres of working).

Thank you again.

Teac X-2000R tape deck

Thank you very much for the Owner and Service Manuals, it really helped me a lot!

Teac X-2000R Reel to Reel

Pardon my lack of understanding on how this works...
I just inherited a reel to reel tape deck from my father. When I press the play button it doesn't play. It clicks and the tape moves very little, but the pinch rollers don't engage and the tape doesn't start turning. Does anyone have an idea what I should check first?

Teac X2000R

Hi, If the pinch rollers are not engaging it is probably due to hardened grease on the solenoid mechanism.
You will need to free the mechanism using alcohol to remove the grease. Also try moving the pause lever up and down to free the roller mechanism.
Hope this helps.

Teac X-2000R

Thank you for the owner's manual.
(A great Help!)

X 2000r

Thank you for the owner's manual.
This help me out alot!


Thank you very much for the manuals.
Really helps me a lot!
All the best!


Thank you for the manuals!

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