Cassette deck reviews

Cassette Deck Aiwa AD-F810

This deck is a tremendous success on a variety of levels. The transport, for example, is about the most stable of any deck I have encountered in this price range. There wasn't the slightest instability of pitch in sustained piano or woodwind notes. Missing, too, was that subtle hardening of tone that...
Cassette Deck Aiwa AD-F850

The AD-F850 costs a little more than its predecessor (Aiwa AD-F810), even though it has fewer facilities. What has gone? The pretty green backlight behind the cassette, timer-start and the headphone volume control have all disappeared. The only other changes we can spot are a rather pointless styling...
Cassette deck Aiwa AD-WX828

As always, the company is represented by the unit with very large features and technical improvements. Although this class is enough tape automatically detect the type of tape being used, but only in AD WX828 has their separate display for each broach. Position bias current optimization and sensitivity...
Cassette deck Aiwa AD-WX929

Aiwa AD-WX929 looks compact, it is equipped with a host of features - Dolby Noise Reduction B, C, Dynamic bias HX Pro, automatic selection of the tape drive and timer. When you activate the Repeat played the same piece of recorded material. Blanc Skip mode provides the opportunity to "jump" when played...
Cassette deck Denon DRM 740

In the cassette DRM-740 is implemented closed path, which form two capstan and drive for each node podkatushechnogo used two separate engine. The results were soon manifest itself in one of the lowest values of the coefficient of detonation test devices: the firm points to 0.1 %, and according to our...
Cassette deck Denon DRM-660

Opportunity management functions and DRM-660 occupies an intermediate position: two push-station and one four-digit counter with very apparent large numbers, showing not real time, but only some conventional units. But in fact, counter memory is every broach, and only one indicator, so storing and finding...
Cassette Deck Denon DRM-710

The DRM-700A's replacement is also a three-head deck, of course, which provides the user with the security that comes from being able to confirm the integrity of recordings as they are being made. The other benefit of the three-head package-deal is specialised record and playback heads, rather than composite...
Cassette Deck Denon DRS-610

This DRS-610 is the second least expensive machine and yet it is the only one which shares their most eye-catching feature with the top-of-the-range DRS-810. I refer to the gliding drawer arrangement which loads the cassette horizontally into the machine just like a front loading CD player. Denon claim...
Cassette deck Denon DRS-810

The device differs by horizontal location of the magnetic-tape mechanism. And not the whole mechanism but only a special tray goes outfor load. At the loading a tape in the tray goes in and is rigidly and accurately fixed on the basis by pressure arm like a CD in the drive of CD player. Yes, there is...
Cassette deck Denon DRW-660

This is a beautiful device with perfect ergonomics and interesting design. An amazing effect of relief is created on the absolutely flat faceplate; I mean that the aim, for which the others remove bevels and make grooves or ledges, is achieved here per se. And relatively to ergonomics I want to emphasize...
Cassette deck JVC TD-V662

Let's start from the inside to admire the machine: still one of the few in modern times, and in our test, the only one who indulges us honest direct drive capstan, and here and closed loop-through path - can be safely argued that lentoprotyazhka 662 th most beautiful in our company. Incidentally, Flutter...
Cassette deck Kenwood KX-7060S

In recorder Kenwood KX-7060S of three engines for the tape drive only two, and the third works for a motorized loading and unloading cassettes. Incidentally, the power button and this mode is very unusual not near the cassette deck, as usual, and the first group of vertical control buttons broach and...
Cassette deck Kenwood KX-W4080

This lovely unit biggest of all companies in our test - solid body, full-length and even full-fledged impression. Perhaps this impression is exacerbated by "slanting eyes" - narrow windows in the cassette compartment door, which although look good, functional perform its purpose is not the best way:...
Cassette deck Kenwood KX-W8060

At first glance, the machine immediately drew the attention of the cassette compartment cover is made of smoked glass. When I wanted to make sure there is a tape in this area, I had to use a flashlight. Double cassette deck is equipped with Dolby Noise Reduction B, C, Dynamic bias HX-Pro, MPX filter,...
Cassette deck Luxman K322

By design, features and specifications, this device can be safely attributed to the "classics of the genre". Model LPM with two engines DC, has long been proven as a simple and reliable. Channel record-playback built on the classical scheme. Gentleman's feature set, the minimum required for today - the...
Cassette deck Luxman K373

Drive K373 is built on the twin-engine scheme in which a weighted flywheel capstan provides a sufficiently low detonation (by measuring less than 0.08 %). To protect the tape from external influences into the cassette stabilizer is set, providing a tight clamp to the bottom of the cassette broach. Improving...
Cassette Deck Marantz 5010

This mains-operated recorder is intended for use in association with an existing amplifier and loudspeakers. It provides complete record/playback facilities and incorporates a tape selection system claimed to be suitable for ferric oxide, chromium dioxide and the latest dual-layer ferri-chrome formulations....
Cassette deck Marantz SD 535

Although the SD 535 only one keyboard, designed to control two broaches, but difficulties arise when this company bypassed easily. When inserting a cassette deck working definition is carried out automatically: priority is given to the recording deck. In addition, the display direction and pause mode...
Cassette deck Marantz SD 63

Despite the fact that Marantz SD 63 one of the models that determine the price lower boundary of this group, it is involved in the test legally: Twin broaching, through tract, Dolby Noise Reduction B and C, the system HX -Pro her present, as well as rather extensive set of auxiliary functions. Among...
Cassette Deck Marantz SD-60

Since the Marantz company became part of the Philips empire, we have seen a number of Marantz products, notably CD players, labelled as manufactured in one of the Philips European factories. How ever, the company has retained a good measure of autonomy and ha s been free to incorporate sonic enhancing...
Cassette deck Marantz SD555

Appearance of this deck several contradictory. On the one hand, traditional design SD555, without decor (except, of course, the gold brand logo), and on the other - with a clear desire for embellishment (the form of buttons and other external elements). When you work a whole image slightly spoils too...
Cassette Deck Nakamichi CR-3A

Nakamichi bills the CR-3A as "the least expensive cassette deck that offers the three essentials of Nakamichi recording technology." Those essentials, as the company sees it, are the discrete three-head approach, in which azimuths of the recording and playback gaps are individually adjustable; the asymmetrical...
Cassette Deck Nakamichi Dragon

When Nakamichi introduced the first three-head cassette deck, the original Model 1000, it included a system that enabled the user to align the azimuth of the recording head to that of the playback head, so that every cassette made on the machine would play back on it with the highest possible accuracy....
Cassette deck Onkyo TA RW211

If you try to define a model of the average of the tape submitted, the TA RW211 would have been more just like her. Standard feature set includes auto reverse and automatic selection of the type of tape, Dolby B/C and logic control, electronic tape counter (unfortunately only in units that also prevails...
Cassette deck Onkyo TA-6510

Three motor broach with two capstans and a closed path, three heads, Dolby Noise Reduction B and C, effective HX Pro and proprietary system tuning bias current Accubias - this is not a complete list of technical solutions that define high quality Onkyo TA-6510. Recently released tapes not only the standard...
Cassette deck Philips FC 731

For the latest models of Philips to use in the design elements with smooth transitions. Most often it is any transparent parts. No exception and FC 731, in which the filter is designed as an indicator. By the way, once and for display. The number of segments and ample range of levels, even higher than...
Cassette deck Pioneer CT-93

The long-awaited Dolby S-type noise reduction (NR) system didn't get off to much of a start. When the first cassette deck with Dolby S-type NR, the Harman Kardon TD4600, largely due to reservations about the deck itself combined with a feeling of unease about Dolby S-type. It was a rather disappointing...
Cassette deck Pioneer CT-S740S

This cassette deck with motorized loading cassette. And it must be noted immediately, with a very good opportunity with a single click and release the tape to stop her, and remove. It is permitted in any mode other than recording, in which the machine is on a team does not react. In Pioneer CT-S740S...
Cassette deck Pioneer CT-S830S

This unit is largely the most-most: the biggest, heaviest, most solid appearance, with the widest range of features, with the highest rates in almost all respects, with the most extensive and diverse display of a word, the very technical excellence, but also and most expensive. Tape drive, follow obliquely...
Cassette deck Pioneer CT-W505R

On the whole, beautiful and quite commensurate unit. The middle part of the front panel full of controls, but the feeling of tightness does not arise, since ergonomics of the device is well established, convenient control buttons control each broach conveniently grouped. The windows in the cassette compartment...
Cassette deck Pioneer CT-W806DR

I have such impressions from the work with CT-W806DR that want to share. Let's start from the main point - the digit. In this device digital technologies came to help analog record. Judge for yourself: Digital TDNS - digital noise reduction while coping, Digital FLEX - a digital compensator of high frequencies,...
Cassette deck Sherwood D-480

Externally Sherwood produces a very pleasant experience due to the harmonious combination of the main control panel, made in a similar style to the cassette holder. Location of controls logical and intuitive mainly due to partition into 5 zones, resulting in fingers will find the right buttons. The same...
Cassette deck Sony TC-K 715

This tape from that series, about which directories firm said that "one head - good, but three ..." So, the Sony TC-K 715 uses three super-high density head. This unit has a mechanized loading of the cartridge: for it answers one of the three motors. Like trays computer CD-ROMs, cassette closes independently...
Cassette deck Sony TC-WE405

405 - the youngest in a family of a double cassette December in the production program Sony. Therefore not surprising that in this model is applied combined broaching using general motors to drive both cassettes. More interesting to compare with the other defendants, who are completely independent of...
Cassette deck Sony TC-WE705

This tape from the last series of "E", in which all units are different from their predecessors, more features and a new design. For TC-WE705 can note the presence of noise reduction and Dolby S switchable MPX filter (the only device in the test), auto-calibration, automatic and manual recording level...
Cassette deck Teac V-1030

When the recorder is standing next to the other, it is clear that it is somewhat higher. But the central location of cassette and proportionate, thoughtful ergonomic controls make this the highest in the test tape, considered separately, is quite elegant and stylish creation. In tape Teac V-1030, which...
Cassette deck TEAC V-8000S

Top-of-the-line in every respect, Teac's V-8000S cassette deck combines a solidly engineered tape transport with a complete range of performance and convenience features. In addition to Dolby B and Dolby C, the V-8000S includes the newer and sonically superior Dolby S noise-reduction system. Calibrated...
Cassette deck TEAC W-760R

Traditionally, machines have TEAS greater height, and in this test it is almost an inch above. This little cube shape brightened in W-760R symmetrical arrangement of cassette with the window of unusual shapes and large handle control the recording level. In contrast to other devices, other than this...
Cassette deck TEAC W-780R

The company "TEAC" is firstly famous by its professional equipment and the shadow of this professional glory as if blesses their all everyday products, inevitably making its impact, especially on the design. And today's 780th representative of this nice family is as always sophisticated and even beautiful...
Cassette deck Technics RS-AZ7

It would seem that in the analog magnetic recording since the mid 80's there was no wind, long ago invented. So rare case return technological developments record primarily digital back to analog. Thus, the thin-film magnetic head resistive (IWG), produced by Panasonic, what distinguishes them from the...
Cassette Deck Technics RS-B905

Technics's RS-B905 contains most of the features that go into a thoroughly modern cassette deck, plus one feature that seems almost a relic of the past-albeit a useful relic. The deck is a two-motor, three-head model (with recording and playback heads in a single housing) and has a dual-capstan transport...
Cassette deck Technics RS-TR373

The device looks attractive and surprisingly symmetrical, slightly breaks the symmetry, only the button POWER. The overall design 373rd well designed, smooth relief panel transitions marked functional areas. Besides symmetry apparatus attractive by the fact that he, by the way, only in our test, there...
Cassette deck Technics RS-TR575

Very nice unit, dark brown, with nicely rounded corners. The functionality is quite satisfactory. Autorevers have Technics RS-TR575 installed on both decks. Mechanic both decks enables parallel copy where both mechanics with shared noise reduction Dolby. Of course, the device is equipped with regimes...
Cassette Deck Yamaha K-1000

Among the growing number of top cassette decks that include DBX noise reduction is Yamaha's $795 K-2000. But if that's a little rich for your budget, there's also the K-1000, reviewed here. For $200 less, it provides most of the premier model's features, including DBX noise reduction and Dolby B. And...
Cassette deck Yamaha KX 690

Traditional left cassette location, a great indicator of thick yellow-orange color and cover conceals almost all non-operational controls - all this with poluvzglyada easily recognized handwriting firm. In Yamaha KX 690 has not only automatic parameter setting records in accordance with the characteristics...
Cassette Deck Yamaha KX-1200U

The KX-1200U is, in fact, one of the Yamaha RS (Remote Series) components that can be operated from a single master remote. However, the supplied RS-K12 remote-which operates the basic transport controls and tape/source monitor switching-is specific to this deck. Other controls on the remote include...
Cassette deck Yamaha KX-W592

Externally the phone looks attractive. A well-designed flat panel uniformly filled with large and comfortable buttons placed very thoughtfully. Graphic controls on the panel clear, while related, are marked with color and more, but not enough contrast. But very nice bright yellow display undoubtedly...