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Yamaha K-960

Stereo Cassette Deck (1981-83)

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Yamaha K-960


When Yamaha's audio engineers decided to design a truly high performance cassette deck, they didn't overlook any details.

First, they chose a two-motor transport, but redesigned the system to eliminate the instabilities of conventional two-motor designs.

For the record/playback head, they used the finest material available - Sendust - formed by a unique Yamaha process for absolute purity.

With 5-layer core lamination and low impedance design, this head is superior to ordinary types in all respects.

And for the best possible dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio, the DBX system was included.

Add to this features like fine bias adjust, focus switch, metal compatibility and Dolby NR, and the result is the K-960 - a triumph of cassette deck engineering.


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.75 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, DBX

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 22kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB  (DBX)

Wow and Flutter: 0.028%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%

Input: 50mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)

Output: 0.34V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 141 x 306mm

Weight: 8kg

Year: 1981


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Reviewed May 11th, 2016 by twistthethrottle

I've had one of these for 35 years and love it

Reviewed Dec 06th, 2015 by prom89

One of the best 2 head decks.



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