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Yamaha KX-530

Stereo Cassette Deck (1990-92)

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Yamaha KX-530


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

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

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C, HX Pro

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 20kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 76dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%

Input: 60mV (line)

Output: 0.36V (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 117 x 275mm

Weight: 4.7kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1990


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Reviewed Jun 02nd, 2018 by birchoak

One of the best-looking cassette decks ever made and a joy to use. Extremely fast forward/rewind if button is held down slightly longer than normal. Tape well is back-lit. Comparatively easy to work on. Sound easily rivals that of 3-head decks without the added complexity. Individual specimens may suffer from weak, flickering, or absent illumination on the face plate; this can be completely remediated by carefully re-soldering as many of the solder joints on the reverse of the face plate as you can safely rework without setting the deck on fire. HX Pro extremely effective and undetectable unlike Dolby B/C, completely eliminating need for said Dolby. May have to turn master fader and L/F presets higher than previously accustomed to get optimum recording levels. Metal faceplate. Cassette well door may not be hydraulically dampened. A pleasure to record with; also, tapes made on KX-530 seem to play back well on other decks. Employs a Yamaha GF-40 head vs. no-name head on KX-500.



re: KX-530

Very nice and relevant comment! I do agree with written above, it’s a beautiful deck indeed..

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