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Technics RS-TR165

Double Cassette Deck (1990-91)

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Technics RS-TR165


Type: auto reverse, double compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

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

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 18kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.07%

Input: 60mV (line)

Output: 0.4V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 136 x 290mm

Weight: 4.8kg

Year: 1990


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re: RS-TR165

I believe RDG5772ZC is the small part
Its a plastic wheel used in many Panasonic and Technics cassete players with autoreverse; it could not be succesfully reproduced at a 3d printer.I needed it for a nice player. You cannot find it at resellers as it is an old part.
It s the main reason I avoid decks, even if I love Technics items.

re: RS-TR165

Avoid this unit - or any other technics cassette decks from the same era - at all costs. There's a small plastic gear that WILL break and unless you have access to drawings and a 3D printer it is not replaceable. The gear is designed to flex and if you if you replace it with one from the same era that too WILL break. Alternatively if you manage to print a solid one the wheel will jam up FF and REW and that won't work instead. Its an incredibly poor design.

Other than that what else to say. Cheap heads produce a lifeless sound with no high frequency response to speak of. Not worthy of the name "hifi".

re: RS-TR165

Complete nonsense - I've literally tested hundreds of players from this period. Technics are some of the most robust and these players are far better engineered than the motorised tray loading decks that followed them. Open some Aiwa players from that period and you'll find liquified rubber and soft touch buttons that have ceased to function.

re: RS-TR165

I don't agree at all, I have an aiwa ad-wx909 deck form 1989 and there is no "liquified rubber and soft touch buttons that have ceased to function. " and am not sure what liquified rubber your on about, if its the belts or idler on the transports, then all belts / idlers in all decks go bad over a period of time, especially if they have not been used for a while. And lots of decks / brands used the same suppliers. Also the earlier aiwa's had hard amorphous DX heads, and sound fantastic. Yes the later aiwa where not so good.

re: RS-TR165

My RS-TR333 has been running FLAWLESSLY since I bought it in 1994.
So yes, they are great decks.

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