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Technics RS-TR979

Double Cassette Deck (1993-96)

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Technics RS-TR979


Type: auto reverse, double compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 2 x record/playback, 2 x erase

Motor: 2 x reel, 2 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 17kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.1%

Input: 100mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 145 x 280mm

Weight: 5.3kg


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re: RS-TR979

I used to have a Sony TK-770es, unfortunately given away at that time. It was very good too. Also mechanically. Double capstan tightening, manual calibration, but with internal test signal.

Now I have this RS-TR979 concerned. Cleaning was necessary and readjusting the sound heads. But I have to say. As far as automatic measuring is concerned. I had never seen anything like that before on any tape. You can insert two different types of cassettes. Each can be measured. It calibrates bias, then equalizer, and then the record level. That is, if I press REC and set the Rec level with the rotary knob, the effective record level will be the same for both cassettes. Plus the corresponding raises with bias and equalizer too. And you can record two cassettes in parallel or in sequence.

Of course, the mechanical tape guide is not quite as high quality as it is an autorever. But the calibration process is really better than many others who call themselves automatic calibration tape deck.

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