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Stereo Tape Deck (1980-81)

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

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

Motor: 1 x capstan, 2 x reel

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Equalization: NAB

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.06% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 40Hz to 20kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 49dB

Total harmonic distortion: 1.5%

Input: 195mV (line), 0.25mV (mic)

Output: 0.436V (line)

Dimensions: 410 x 231 x 355mm

Weight: 14kg

Year: 1980


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Reviewed Oct 01st, 2018 by Marty J

I had been into cassettes since 1974 (Pioneer CT-f2121) but got the open reel bug about 1980. An ex-girlfriend had a Pioneer RT-1050 and RT-701 and I got pretty familiar with the 701 but wanted something different. Saw this X-3 and got one on 8-27-1981 for $315 with dust cover. Have used it ever since. Admirably smooth tape pack in FF or REW. Great sound with Maxell UD 35-90 tape. Nothing bad to say for the X-3. Ergonomically layed out controls with an easy feel. Had it cleaned/checked in 2010 and no problems for 37 years. That's quality control. For the home recordist/beginner this is a great deck. Read the review in Stereo Review Magazine from early 1980's.

Reviewed Mar 25th, 2018 by B. Westerveld

I buy sinds some weeks ago the Teac X-3 and it is a wonderful recorder with good nois. I have cleaned the recorder and it works fine.

Reviewed Sep 05th, 2016 by mkontor

even though it is very 'plasticy' like most of the Teac X range, this deck sounds excellent and makes excellent recordings.
modest looks, great performance



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re: X-3

Around 2001, I was known as the resident audio/video geek at the ad agency I was working at. The head honcho asked if I would convert a client's reels to CD. I told them that I would need to buy a used reel-to-reel deck because the one my late grandfather gave me a few years earlier was not in the best condition, with dried-out rollers and belts. Parts seemed non-existent for a Magnavox 1V-9001. After a little research, they footed the bill on a TEAC X-3 in excellent condition. I spent the next two days converting the client's odd collection of 1970s late-night radio shows and family recordings into my Apple PowerMac G3 tower and 9.1 GB, 10,000 RPM Seagate Cheetah hard drive. The deck performed flawlessly and made the conversion a breeze. The best part was, after the job was done, no one seemed to have any desire to keep the deck, so it came home with me. It's been sitting on my shelf in my home office since then, but for a few years now, I've wanted to re-digitize the tapes my grandfather gave me. He used to record all sorts of music off the radio and records for playback in his living room. I'm pretty sure he's the one who provided me with an eclectic taste in music.

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