Denon DRS-810 Cassette deck

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 the similarity, but the benefit of such an arm is undeniable. Externally DRS-810 looks like DRS-640: all buttons, handles and indications are of the same sizes, forms and on the same places. Only the bottom row of control elements (non-operating) is removed under a nice cover. But when you look inside and into depth you find out lots of significant differences and advantages. For example, the magnetic-tape mechanism has a closed path and three heads. I would like to express a reproach to the designers, who developed the ergonomics of the device: balance and bias current regulation handles are both tiny and located so close to each other that can be easily messed up. Beside this bias current control (manual with wide range of changing) is not indicated on the display. It is not very comfortable for the device of such class and price. The display looks well: all elements of indication vary conveniently, color palette is pleasing for the eye, the counter shows the real time and can indicate the rest up to the end of a cassette. Like in the most of cassette decks of Denon, 810th has the output level control, which regulates the level on a linear output and on headphones at the same time. One can say that from common it has Dolby B and C, dynamic bias - HX-Pro, MPX filter, return to the start of recording, search by pauses and timer. The device is equipped with the handy remote control with rationally located buttons, which duplicate completely the control from the panel of the device. The sound of recordings, made on the device, is very clear and balanced.

Denon DRS-810 Cassette deck photo