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Yamaha Tape Decks

Discussion in 'Yamaha' started by yamahafanatc, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. yamahafanatc

    yamahafanatc Member

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    Ok guys, I used to have a Yamaha TC-520 (per my signature) but recently it had no power for anything and drug badly. As I am not much of a DIY'er in this area, I took it into the repair shop, and found out it is a bad motor. Apparently that motor is unobtainium as of now, so I am in the market for a new deck. Right now most of my system is yamaha, so for better or for worse, I would like to keep it that way. I am asking your opinion on a few matters. I have looked at the KX-580, KX-530, KX-500, K-850, K-720 and TC-920(B) I am wondering which of these you think is the best. I know it is up to my ears, yes, but in general what have you found? I also know that the K-1020 is very high quality as well as the KX-930, but my price range probably tops out at about $200. Another question I had is how useful are the various Dolby NR settings? My previous TC-520 had Dolby B only, but I am going for an improvement. All of the ones I stated above have B and C EXCEPT the TC-920(B) a few even have B, C and S. How important is it to have C or S? One more question I had was, how much better are the amorphous heads versus regular? Also if you have other suggestions along these lines I am open to you opinion.
     

     

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  2. drumbum

    drumbum Super Member

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    I own the kx-1200, k-720, k-960, and a k-340.

    I would recommend any above, but the 1200 is the best. Dolby b & c work great, but the dbx is another level.
     
  3. Bratwurst7s

    Bratwurst7s In The Frying Pan Subscriber

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    It's been a while since I've used a cassette deck but have to agree with drumbum, Dolby C is a definite improvement over B but if one of those decks has dbx then I would pursue that direction. dbx is a whole different world better NR quality over Dolby. The only downside is that a cassette recorded with dbx will produce only really bad noise on a non-dbx capable deck.

    Cheers,
    James
     
  4. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    Other disadvantage with dbx NR. Level practice is very critical, don't go over -0 db on your deck's metering. Also, the tape machine must be in top condition for dbx NR or any NR to work right, electrically and mechanically speaking.
     
  5. yamahafanatc

    yamahafanatc Member

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    I see your point here, the biggest issue for me is the price point...Do you have any info on Dolby S?
     
  6. drumbum

    drumbum Super Member

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    Disagree with the level recommendation.
     

     

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  7. drumbum

    drumbum Super Member

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    I have around 2200 blanks, so I can make duplicate recordings of the best stuff; dolby b for the vehicles and dbx for in house. Along with the three yamaha decks w/dbx, I also have two 224x's and a 222.
     
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  8. drumbum

    drumbum Super Member

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    Patients is the key when searching for a reasonably priced deck, but as time goes on...

    Have no experience with dolby s. Zero, zip, nada.
     
  9. Electone

    Electone Well-Known Member

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    I own a KX-800U, KX-300U & KX330. All are excellent. The 800 is a pretty high end 3-head deck with dbx and HX-Pro. But the sleeper is the 300U. Man does that sucker punch well above its price point. Dolby C works well, but it is very alignment dependent. Tapes recorded with Dolby C can sound awful when played back on other decks.
     

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