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Good deck, but the specs. are wrong

By ThrillaMozilla Verified Purchaser from St. Louis on 06/13/2008


Somewhat Noisy Controls, No Dolby C

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Both Sides Record, Monaural Microphone Input, Bidirectional Recording

Best Uses:

Copying Tape To Digital

Don't be fooled. Teac posted the wrong specifications. Their Web site now has the updated specs., but B&H may not have picked up the correction by the time you read this. In particular, it does not have Dolby C. I did not send it back because I realized I rarely or never use Dolby C. I've done a little testing, and it seems to perform well. I tested, and the speed is correct and steady in both directions. Noise is acceptably low. Otherwise I cannot comment on sound yet, as I just got it and I'm busy. It apparently has only one motor per side, so it's not very fancy in that respect. The controls and change of direction are a little noisy, but not bad unless you're fussy. It's a good basic deck, and easy to use. It is essentially two separate tape decks combined, so you have a spare if one conks out. The second one lacks Dolby HX Pro, but otherwise seems identical. Bidirectional recording is hard to find, and if you need it it's a valuable feature. That means you can record both sides without flipping the tape. In fact, you can fill two tapes unattended. Unfortunately, it does not reverse when it comes to the leader, so there is quite a long pause while it changes direction, unless you change direction manually. It also lacks some other convenience features. For example, the tape counter does not show time in minutes and seconds. The microphone input is monaural, but at least it has one. Not bad for the price though. I am planning to use it to convert my tapes to digital. I will also use it to make tapes for the car, and to record 2-hour-long radio programs unattended. Except for the gap when changing sides, it should handle those tasks well. Bidirectional recording on both sides is a great feature if you need it, but it adds to the price. On the whole, in 2008 I would prefer a single deck with more convenience features, but there really isn't a lot of choice.

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