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TEAC Z-7000

Master Cassette Deck (1983-86)

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TEAC Z-7000


Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

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

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x aux

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, DBX

Signal to Noise Ratio: 92dB  (DBX)

Wow and Flutter: 0.15%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 2.0%

Input: 275mV (line), 0.34mV (mic)

Output: 0.44V (line)

Weight: 17.9kg

Year: 1983


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Reviewed Apr 01st, 2015 by lowlow007

One of the best deck of the world, for sure !
Quite the same as a Revox or a Naka high end.

Reviewed Apr 10th, 2014 by el magnifico 09

The TEAC Z 7000 is a genuine tour de force by the engineering department of TEAC during the heyday of the audio cassettes: 80's. This is a true example of what a bunch of engineers can do when cost is no object, in other words: where there's money to spend. It's a heavy monster, solid constructed and weighting almost 42 pounds! You would never guess how heavy it is until you try to move it. The front panel looks really impressive, but crowded. It's populated with many buttons and indicators that could intimidate even the most experienced recording amateur. It has so many feautures that it's almost impossible to fully exploit its capabilities without a user's manual. Inside the deck you'll find that the whole cabinet is full with wires, boards and moving parts. I'm not a technician but I'm sure that to service this model it's not like a walk in the park. It's a very complex machine full of adjustments in part due to its auto tape calibration section that deals with the tape bias, level and eq completely automatic. Besides the weight and wood panels , this is the main difference between the 7000 and her smaller sister, the Z 6000. On the 6000 you'll have to do all this adj. by yourself.

The Sound: well, what can I say? This monster is a fine example of what a cassette deck can do. Using the dbx filter you obtain 92db of s/nr !! It's the closest you could get to a CD. The sound is very balanced, nice bass (not as full as the ZX-9) but still deep and defined, the mids are a little forward but soft and the highs are effortless and crystalline. Cassettes recorded on my Nak ZX 9 tends to sound even better on the 7000 than on the Nak itself! So much for the so called Nak incompatibility myth. Recording is very accurate and the auto-alignment works excellent. You could hardly distinguish between the source and the tape, and if you are using dbx...forget it! It's almost impossible to distinguish...if only because the CD has a more wide soundstage.

I can go on and on with this machine but I rather let you explore it by yourself. Rarely comes up for sale in the used market and a unit such as this in mint condition coud cost you over $1,500.00 easily! A Z 7000 went for $1,800 at ebay and it wasn't working!!! Ridiculous...

Which one I prefer? Between my Revox B 215S, my many Naks, NAD 6300 and so on...I like all of them because they just sound really good and all has their strong and weak charasteristics. If you have the opportunity, hear one and let me know what do you think about it. It would be a very nice experience...enjoy!



re: Z-7000

Hi from Germany,

I've been using my Teac Z 7000 for years (1990 to 2005) doing Master records (from 8-track to stereo mastering) for our church and myself. We all have been falling in love with this outstanding technical masterpiece of cassette player. It's one of the best mechanical equipment mankind has every invented - and this in analog technique. Only the forward and backward spooling, and then or suddenly "play" button would stop it in milliseconds - again forwarding and so on, you couldn't see it stopping. A dream of cassette player. The autocalibration for chrome, metall or ferro tapes, the auto fade and auto intro functions, this beautiful silent drive, the wooden frame, the heavy weight, the sufficient connectors on the back for all what is needed to connect to other equipment, all that is a dream for users. Unfortunately my desk ist now out of order - shortly after people had used it for digitalizing old tapes. A platine has broken and shows the red LED. So I can't play anything but I rescued it for my lifetime - in rememberance of good old times. If anybody knows where I can get spares, please let me know.

best regards and thanks for your page

re: Z-7000

Anything can be repaired. Too bad I'm in Canada. Would love to look at that. There must be technicians in Germany who are able to restore/fix vintage electronics.
Good luck!

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