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Sony Tapecorder 101 Review (Vintage Reel to Reel)

Rate this product:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 11 8.0%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 25 18.1%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 59 42.8%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 43 31.2%

  • Total voters
    138

TheBatsEar

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If you're going to have a tape machine, get one of these - a Nagra T.
A sort of grown up IV-S
(Original photo © NagraAudio)
Hnnng, want!
 

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OK, so I planned this April Fools' joke for almost a year, only to have it go down as a dud. :) Teaches me to not pull stunts like this in the future!

I can take solace in seeing no one figuring out where the measurements came from. It was from my Nakamichi measurements: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...ments-of-nakamichi-dragon-cassette-deck.5595/

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I went in Photoshop and extended the peaks in FFT to 0 dB. This is why SINAD didn't agree with it. :D

Was originally thinking about faking the whole measurement but didn't know how to make it look like tape measurements.

The deck is real by the way. I have yet to power it on but it looks really nice and cute. I don't have any small tape reels to put on it and that is something I need to buy.
You should have given it a SINAD of 107.498 at 6 Vrms and everyone would have got the joke right off! I enjoyed it though!
 

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Seriously, this thread had a bad side effect on me, April's fool or not:
I'm now obsessively looking for a cassette deck to restore/rejuvenate.

My wallet still continues to shake nervously... ;)
Would you like to repair my otherwise nice NAD 6240 cassette deck?
 

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Would you like to repair my otherwise nice NAD 6240 cassette deck?
Heh, I had it, several years ago... I still remember with a certain pleasure its Dolby-C circuitry and its juicy quality of companding.
I miss it, along with its faithful companion 3020.
Little OT, if may ask, what's going on with your 6240?
 

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LOL I knew there would be a joke item, I've lurked on ASR for years without registering and this article made me register (although I did respond to the Beyer DT-150 review first) Amir overcooked it! My own April fool was a decade or so ago, I spent a whole month (March/April) with an open reel machine (Sony TC-645) trying to get the THD down to 0.5%, the S/N to 60dB, something that I thought would be reasonable, then later, I facepalmed, looking at the front cover of the service manual... 1.2%... 56dB... I like the aesthetics of it, the sound quality is typical of open reel machines of the vintage and my god, if you can pick it up with one hand, you can have it :D
 

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Great April Fool's joke, but this one made me quite sentimental. My parents had a very similar Sony tape recorder when I was born. This was what I listened to music on for the first few years of my life. And there are pictures to prove apparently that I loved operating it. My Mom still can't get over my driving her crazy since I used to love listening to the music both forwards and backwards when I was a toddler. :).
 

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