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Technics RS-1500US

Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1977-87)

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Technics RS-1500US


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

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: 5 to 10.5 inch reel

Equalization: NAB

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12  15 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.018% (15 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 30kHz (15 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 60dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.8%

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

Output: 0.775V (line)

Dimensions: 446 x 456 x 258mm

Weight: 25kg


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Reviewed Aug 29th, 2018 by childofman

Worked a long time at a german radio station - there using Studer 807 and 810 recorder. At home and for music live recording with my bands i used the RS 1500 US. I love the design, handling and feeling using this machine. Mastered some multitrack recordings between 1981 and 1990 with it and digitaised it 2017 (!) - more than 30 years after recording. Dynamics and quality were stunning - without any Noise reduction system. Got peaks of + 18 dB without distortion at 38 cm/sek and a Ampex Grand Master tape of 1988. In the 90s i've used sometimes Super D - NR from Sanyo for jazz recordings. Today i own two of these Technics RS-1500 US. I will never give them away.

Reviewed Mar 13th, 2017 by Joan

Genial máquina de los 80's poseo un 1500 y 1506, adoro estas máquinas

Reviewed Feb 17th, 2017 by Jan49

I have taken up my old tape recorder hobby again and have meanwhile collected several nice decks (Teac X-7 and R1000R, Akai GX 630 and GX635, Revox A- and B-77, etc.) Recently I added a Technics RS-1500US and I am stunned. The technical lay out with a brushless quartz lock capstan motor of some 17cm in diameter, with a capstan of more than 3cm diameter driving two pinch rolls and the tape in a closed loop between them is out of the normal consumer deck world. More important, it still works flawlessly after 35+ years. One way or another it reproduces the sound on my over 40 year old tapes also better than any of the other decks. It is also very solidly and neatly built. The only minus may be that because al mechanical parts are mounted on the backside of the front panel, some (e.g. the brakes) are a bit harder to reach, so servicing may be more laboursome.



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Am I correct in thinking that the in and out audio circuitry is "Discreet" ? That would make this a very desirable deck for mix down for professional use. What would be its limitations in pro studio use?

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This machine has a very wide spindle to hold tapes. My tapes have 5 small holes that fit on the deck. Are the spindles on the 1500 interchangeable or does the top picee come off, or are my tapes incompatible?

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Thank you very much for the manual. Do you happen to know what the "Throughput" jack on the back is for?

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This jack is simply connected in parallel to Line In. This is according to the Service Manual and schematic diagram.

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