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Yamaha KX-393

Stereo Cassette Deck (1998-06)

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Yamaha KX-393


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: DC servo

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 19kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.07%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%

Input: 100mV (line)

Output: 0.57V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 125.5 x 283mm

Weight: 4.4kg

Year: 1998


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Reviewed Jun 22nd, 2018 by genbpo

A simple and good sounding deck. Great for its price.
Play Trim is a great option for pre-recorded cassettes, works pretty much like azimuth setup in Nakamichi decks.

Reviewed Jan 07th, 2015 by Live_Steam_Mad

Excellent in all respects. I bought it used but in as new condition for 10GBP from a local 2nd hand goods shop in St.Helens, England. The distortion level is almost inaudible. Speed stability excellent, frequency response very good / excellent.

Have a look at my Youtube video Carlo Curley Goes Digital to hear a commercial tape that I transferred using this deck and you'll be suprised at how good this deck is.

I threw away 3 VERY used Technics decks before getting this Yamaha (RS-630USD, good sound and didn't chew tapes, but one channel went bad after 36 years, RS-M228X, had faint high pitched audible electronic wine and mechanism jammed solid after 30 years, RS-B465, terrible deck, chewed and tram-tracked and pinched /creased my Cr02 and metal tapes regularly, tape detection mechanism went faulty).

This Yamaha walks all over those Technics decks for sound quality, clean and natural sound everytime, and no tape damages, unlike the 3 Technics decks my father had. Highly recommended. Same distortion figures as Nakamichi! at 0.8 per cent. Not sure how this deck could be bettered (but then maybe I can compare to a Nak someday).

Performs to the limit of the format as far as I can tell (for commercial tape playback).



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