20 February 2021

PHILIPS N5421(N2537) (1979) - All The Sounds of This World

 

cassette deck

The first version of this deck, the N2537, was introduced at the end of 1978. It was a black rack mountable model offered as matching component for the Philips Flat Line Top Components - The Black Tulip (170T tuner, 270SA pre-amplifier and 370PA poweramplifier). A year later, in 1979, the N5421 presented here was introduced as the matching silver component for the AH799 Top Receiver. Visually they match perfectly adopting the same turn-knob design. In the same year Philips introduced the Sound Project Series components where this same cassette deck was named N2537 again, but this time with silver front and different turn-knob design. As the Sound Project components were available as rebadged models under several Philips sub-brand names this deck can be also found as ... read more

cassette deck

cassette deck

cassette deck

cassette deck


13 February 2021

NEAL 302 (1978) - Studio Cassette Recorder

 

neal 302

The heart of the 302 is the super smooth transport developed by NEAL (North East Audio Limited) engineers. This miniature version of a studio reel to reel recorder incorporates 3 a.c. motors for reliability and smooth effortless power. The massive (15 cm diameter) flywheel and oversize capstan give exceptionally low wow and flutter performance while for fast winding there are two direct drive motors. Control of the mechanism is achieved by electrical and solenoid controls actuated by the all electronic logic system. The recorder can be operated both vertically and horizontally and there is also provision for a wired remote control. For optimal cassette door opening the cassette holder spring can be adjusted for 2 different openings according to vertical or horizontal operation. 

The 302 incorporates the "Varitape" facility. At the press of a button the bias is displayed directly on the peak reading meters and set to the requirements of any make of tape, by an adjustable control. A calibration oscillator is built in to provide a 500 Hz signal for record calibration and level setting, an invaluable addition for tape copying and Dolby level setting. These features allow virtually instant "line-up" of the machine to suit any tape, a facility not available on many professional reel to reel recorders. The ultimate quality of the recording produced is highly dependent on monitoring the record signal correctly. The 302 shows the pre-emphasised signal in the recording head on peak reading meters, which respond to every audible transient. This system ensures that the optimum level is recorded without producing distortion due to over-recording or noise due to under-recording. (Wow and flutter: 0.09% rms DIN weighted, Frequency response: 35 Hz-15000 Hz (+1-3 dB) Special Ferric and Chromium Dioxide tape, Dimensions: 446*226*155 mm). The 302 was followed by the 312 with Dolby HX and metal tape capability and the 320 3-head 3-motor model. A highly unique 4 channel model, the 340 was presented at APRS (Association of Professional Recording Studios) in 1983, London.

neal 302

neal 302

neal 302

neal 302

neal 302

neal 302

neal 302





24 January 2021

DUAL C812 (1980) - Custom Built in Japan

 

DUAL C812 (1980)

In their effort to keep up with the japanese competition in 1980 DUAL introduced a cassette deck manufactured in ... Japan. According to the print on the back of the unit this was "Made under Dual specifications in Japan". Indeed the deck has design elements that were introduced earlier with their Made in Germany units. The C812 was actually the entry level model of the 1980 range featuring a single motor (DUAL labelled) drive mechanism (with a generous flywheel  ... and lot of thin rubber belts). This is a 2 head deck featuring an M+X record/playback head capable of handling all tape types: Normal (Fe), Chrome (Cr), Ferrochrome (FeCr) and Metal. ... Read More

DUAL C812 (1980)

DUAL C812 (1980)

DUAL C812 (1980)

DUAL C812 (1980)