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02 October 2021

TEAC R-999X (1984) - The Super Analog Reverse Master

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The R-999X introduced by TEAC in 1984 is a cassette deck format which achieves the convenience of auto reverse without compromising recording and playback quality. The challenge was in finding a way to maintain close-to-identical recording and playback performance in both directions, for both sides of the tape. After exhaustive research and development the unique Acculign Rotating Head System was developped, a system as different from ordinary rotating types as night is from day. Using Teac's own Cobalt Amorphous (CA) Rec/Play heads along with source/tape monitoring in the three-head configuration on a diecast base, the rotating head assembly with ceramic stoppers is mounted on an exteremely precise dual micro-bearing. This high-precision system maintains almost perfectly identical performance in either tape direction. 

In the interest of the best possible mechanical performance the R-999X features a 6-motor mechanism in a Bi-Directional Symmetrical Transport. This auto-reverse model uses two FG servo-controlled brushless DC direct-drive (DD) capstan motors with heavy flywheel for unfailing speed accuracy in either direction. It also uses two tension servo-controlled corelss DC direct-drive (DD) motors for reel tension servo control, and two motors for support functions. TEAC's Manual Calibration System offers considerable level and bias adjustment flexibility, a real advantage to those seeking optimum recording quality. The R-999X is provided with independent controls and a test-tone generator for exact adjustment of bias and level (sensitivity) for both left and right channels. A 4-bit microprocessor-operated CPS (Computomatic Program Search) system is responsible for various memory, search and repeat functions. The R-999X is equipped with double dbx and Dolby B/C noise reduction systems but it also features dbx disc decoding as well (for dbx encoded vinyl records). Technical data: Wow and flutter: 0.025% (WRMS) | Frequency response (-20 dB): 20-22,000/21,000/20,000 Hz (Metal/chrome/normal) | Dimensions: 432x119x350 mm | Weight: 8.5 kg.

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25 September 2019

TEAC Z Series (1983) - Made in Japan by Fanatics

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The TEAC Z-7000, Z-6000 and Z-5000 are Masterpieces in cassette reproduction technology introduced in 1985. Here are some higlights of the incorporated technology. For high transport performance the Z-Series transports are all constructed on a solid diecast chassis - highly resistant to vibration, resonance and warpage. In the Z-7000 and Z-6000, three independent high precision motors are built onto this chassis: an FG servo brushless direct drive capstan motor and two coreless direct drive reel motors operating in a dual capstan closed loop system. The Z-5000 achives similarly high performance with a two-motor transport consisting of one direct-drive motor driving a single capstan, and an independent DC motor powering the reels. 

In the Z-7000 and Z-6000 the playback head is a top-precision ferrite design, while the recording head is formed of sendust. The Z-5000 offers essentially the same three-head system, but with TEAC original hard permalloy formulation. Perfect record bias, level and EQ are obtained by the Z-7000 with an automatic calibration system while the Z-6000 and Z-5000 feature a precise manual calibration system. All decks feature Dolby B, C and dbx noise reduction circuits. Real-time tape counter, 30-sement fluorescent peak level meters (14 segments in the Z-5000) and a series of convenience and sound features are also included for tape enthousiasts.


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20 March 2019

TEAC A-860 (1976) - World First dbx Recorder

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Advertised as having an expanded dynamic range of over 80dB the TEAC A-860 from 1976 was the first cassette deck in the world with built-in dbx II noise reduction system. Because background noise is reduced as much as 30dB, you can record at lower levels and still maintain the best possible signal-to-noise ratio. You get more headroom with less chance of tape saturation. The decks features and performance amply justify the company placing it in their "Esoteric Series" of components. The transport system in the 860, designed by computer technologists and engineers, was the most sophisticated cassette transport. Three motors and dual capstan drive provides the most precise, most accurate movement of tape possible. At its eart is a Phase Locked Loop DC servo capstan motor. Virtually imprevious to voltage fluctuations, temperature or load changes, it joins with two DC reel motors to provide an incredible 0.04% WRMS wow and flutter. 

A newly designed dual gap record and reproduce head for three-head function completes this sophisticated tape transport. The front panel of the 860 also includes inputs for four mc or line lvele signals that can be mixed down to stereo or mono with the built in 4x2 mixer with pans. The 860 will provide best possible frequency response characteristics no matter what brand of tape you use. Three position bias and equalization switches and front panel calibration controls give you total flexibility and control over the record and reproduce electronics. Positions 2 and 3 on the bias and EQ selectors are fixed for ferrichrome and high energy tapes, respectively. Position 1 is factory calibrated for CrO2 tape. But it allows you to adjust the 860's record and reproduce electronics to get exact compatibility with any type tape you are using. To optimize performance up to laboratory standards for any specific cassette you choose there's a test jack where you can connect an external generator such as the TEAC TO-122.


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03 April 2018

TEAC X-1000R - Made in Japan by Fanatics

TEAC X-1000R

The TEAC X-1000R (1981) is one of those rare achievements in audio engineering that is just as much at home in a professional recording studio as it is in your living room. Above and beyond incredible music reproduction accuracy and the unparalleled convenience of fully bi-directional recording and playback, the X-1000R offers an extensive array of unique TEAC features that are unqestionably destined to becoma standard in open reel reproduction. For example, there's a remarkably stable dual-capstan closed-loop tape transport with a newly developed micro-computer-controlled tension servo system that ensures superb tape handling precision. A built in dbx dynamic range expansion system lets you make recordings with stunning dynamic range and no audible tape hiss. 

Compatibility with EE (Extra Efficiency) tape means you can record with the very finest tape available. A comprehensive locator system, originally designed for TASCAM (TEAC Professional Division) recording studio equipment, automatically searches for and locates any desired point on the tape. A block repeat function gives you the ultimate in repeat function versatility, and unique Dupli-Sync function offers automatic record synchronization when dubbing to cassettes....the list goes on. As a stereo music source, the X-1000R is the finest component you can add to your system. The TEAC X-1000R is a four track, two channel tape recorder with fully bi-directional recording and playback (6 heads) using a 3 DC motor transport with computer controlled dual capstan transport. The TEAC X-1000R was available in silver (with optional wood case) and as X-1000RBL in black with wood case.

TEAC X-1000R

TEAC X-1000R

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TEAC X-1000R

TEAC X-1000R

05 December 2017

7 Cassette Decks....Then They Were Vertical

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AKAI on the wall - 1974

When we say Cassette deck we normally think of a square box of a component that can be stacked one on each other. This was not however always the case. In the 70's some manufacturers tried a different approach by promoting vertical standing models that can be wall mounted or simply standing next to a tape recorder - like the big boys. Here is a selection of vertical standing cassette decks by various manufacturers.


akai gxc-510d 1974
AKAI GXC-510D 1974

aurex pc-6030 1976
Aurex (TOSHIBA) PC-6030 1976

denon dr750 1977
DENON DR750 1977

nakamichi 700 1973
Nakamichi 700 1973

PHILIPS N2521 1977
PHILIPS N2521 1977

teac a-860 1976
TEAC A-860 1976

tandberg TCD 330 1977
TANDBERG TCD 330 (right) 1977

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22 February 2017

TEAC Tape Recorder History - The Beginings

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TD-102

TEAC Corporation was originally founded as Tokio Television Acoustic Company on 8th of August 1953 by Katsuma and Tomoma Tani. The two brothers in 1956 founded Tokyo Electronic Acoustic Company and finally merging the two in 1964 to form the modern day TEAC Corporation. The first mass produced product was the TD-102.

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TEAC founder, Katsuma Tani, and the TD-102

In 1957 the CEO and the chief engineer of Lafayette Radio Electronics visited the newly estabilished Tokyo Electronic Acoustic Company where Tani showed them the prototype of the TD-102. When they saw the prototype they said  “Add a playback amp, turn it into a tape player and change the casing in to a cabinet and we’ll take it!”. And with that, they ordered 25 units.

The second help came from engineer Bretz from radio manufacturing firm Philco who invited TEAC to perform a demonstration of their products at the Far East Audio Club where 50 TD-102 were sold. After the TD-102’s initial success, TEAC’s open-reel tape decks gained wide commercial notoriety when an influential American consumer magazine, Consumer Reports, listed it as no. 5 out of 17 tried and tested audio products.

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The TD-102 production line in the late 1950s

TEAC founded TASCAM, the professional division of TEAC and it was the TASCAM 80-8 tape deck that was used to record the voices of R2-D2 and C3PO in the making of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope in 1977. This was not the first time that a TEAC recorder was used to record important events in history. The call sign  “I am Seagull” (Ya Chaika, Ya Chaika) of the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova was also recorded on a TEAC recorder, the TD-330.

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TASCAM 80-8

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TEAC TD-330

TEAC's A-4010 4 track home tape deck became TEAC's best selling product with sales in excess of 200,000 units with the A-6010 securing TEAC's position as one of the best tape deck makers in the world. At the TEAC HQ in Tokyo, the very last A-4010 series model produced is on display at the entrance, with a special commemorative badge.

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200,000 units sold

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An original wooden box used for the 25 year anniversary export model and TD-102 inside box 

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The very last A-4010

The last home tape recorder created by TEAC was the X-2000R. TEAC  also made many successeful compact cassette recorders and digital recorders but more about them in another part dedicated to TEAC history. (Source: TEAC Corp.)

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TEAC X-2000R

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14 December 2016

7 Beautiful Mini Audio System from the 90's




DENON D-F10 (1996)

DENON UPA-F10 55W/ch amplifier, DENON UTU-F10 RDS tuner, DENON UCD-F10 LAMBDA-Super-Linear-Converter CD player, DENON UDR-F10 Dolby HX-Pro cassette deck, DENON SC-F10S 2 way loudspeaker.


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JVC (Victor in Japan) HMV 1993

JVC AX-V1 dual mono amplifier, JVC X-V1 20bitK2 CD player, JVC TD-V1 3 head cassette deck, JVC SX-V1 2 way loudspeaker. The front and top cover for all components is a one piece aluminium (like the PHILIPS mini 109) while the loudspeaker also has a metal front.


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ONKYO Liverpool (1993)

ONKYO T-411RDS tuner, ONKYO A-911 70W/ch amplifier, ONKYO K-611 3 Head 3 Motor Dual Capstan cassette deck (it features a conventional door not a tray), ONKYO T-409 tuner, 
ONKYO C-711 singe-bit CD player, ONKYO K-R609 auto-reverse cassette deck.


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PIONEER Impresso 5 (1995)

PIONEER F-C3 tuner, PIONEER A-C5 45W/ch amplifier, PIONEER T-C3 Auto BLE cassette deck, PIONEER PD-C5 Legato Link / Stable platter CD payer, PIONEER S-C5 2 way loudspeaker.


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SONY 5000 Series (ES on some markets) (1998)

SONY TA-F5000ES 45W/ch MOS-FET amplifier, SONY CDP-X5000ES Fixed pick-up mechanism CD payer, SONY SS-AL5 2 way loudspeaker.


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TEAC H-Series (1997)

TEAC A-H500 50W/ch amplifier, TEAC T-H500 RDS tuner, TEAC PD-H500 1 bit CD payer, TEAC R-H500 auto-reverse cassette deck.


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YAMAHA Classic Line (1995)

YAMAHA AX-10 100W/ch (DIN 4 ohm) amplifier, YAMAHA TX-10 RDS tuner, YAMAHA CDX-10 22 bit Pro-bit CD player, YAMAHA KX-10 3 Head 3 Motor cassette deck, YAMAHA NS-2 2 way loudspeaker.


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