27 February 2016

BIGGER = Better ?

These are some of the BIGGEST cassette decks ever made. Were they better than a regular sized deck ? In some cases yes, they were hiding a complex mechanical construction and sophisticated electronics to achieve the best possible sound. Let's take a look at the models and the years they were made.

The AKAI GXC-570D  was first manufactured in 1975 and it features 3 heads and 3 motors.

The eumig FL-1000 was made in Austria in 1979. This is a highly regarded cassette deck.

The OPTONICA by SHARP RT-6906 from 1981 was a 3 head machine with an extra head for a sophisticated track search system. 

The PIONEER CT-A1 from 1979 is a 3 head unit with a complex tape calibration system. Briefly sold as Linear Phase 7000 a company that was recently acuired by PIONEER.

A big and beautiful cassette deck from Norway. This is the TANDBERG TCD 3004 from 1980. 

A not so well remebered model is the TEAC A-860 from 1976.

A two box solution from Technics. This is the RS-9900US from 1977.

Here is something interesting, something you would not expect. These are two models from 1977 made by UNITRA from Poland. They are the UNITRA M-601SD and the 3 head UNITRA MDS-624. 

Finally the BIGGEST of them all but never manufactured. The LUXAN X-3K, only shown as a prototype. With this system the aim was to completely extract the tape from the cassette and run it on a free and precise tape path. 

See more cassette decks that were actually manufactured here.