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Yamaha KX-500

Stereo Cassette Deck (1988-90)

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Yamaha KX-500

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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: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x assist

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 76dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 0.36V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 117 x 273mm

Weight: 4.5kg

Accessories: RS-K5 remote control

Year: 1988

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Reviewed Mar 25th, 2017 by ilkkasuni

In the last few years, I have been doing some diy research among cassette decks of the 80's. In the 80's, for an individual it would have been rather awkward, even financially challenging to buy several decks and compare then with each other. Then again, in the 70's and 80's I did, but that's another story.

Anyhow. In the last few years I have systematically bought tens of decks by Akai, JVC, Pioneer, Sony, Teac, Yamaha... Just for the fun of learning about them individual models. Bought my very first cassette deck, was it in 1973.

Of the 2-headers I must say, the Yamaha line K-540...KX-500...KX-580, basically the same deck, has convinced me. This very line in sound quality beats the bull's horns out of many 3-headers. I gather, the very line was Yamaha's top-of-the-line 2-header.

The sound quality is next to excellent, if not. I own, have owned some top-of-the-line dual capstan 3-headers, and I find very hard to state whether the KX-500 fails to them. If I am not wrong, in Great Britain the KX-580, the last version of the line, got voted for the deck of the year for more than once.

I currently have 4 decks of the line K-540...KX-580, and I just love their sound. Them features, then. The cassette compartment is back-lit, the phones-out has level control with proper audio quality, the time counter display is of the largest ever. Multiple tape counter and search functions. The deck winds very, very fast. Smooth, silent. On the contrary, the otherwise excellent twin-colored peak-hold level indicator has 2 dB resolution only.

I consider mine, players for the keeps. In sound quality, of the best 2-headers I ever experienced.

Ilkka Suni,
Finland
KP41GD

 

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