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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 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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