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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:41 pm 
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Just got one these for $15 from a thrift store here in the GTA. Best sounding cassette deck I've heard so far. Really low wow and flutter, none existent.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:37 pm 
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a 500u... owned one in college. liked the high speed ff and rw.

and yup, decent deck.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:33 pm 
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ae86 wrote:
Best sounding cassette deck I've heard so far. Really low wow and flutter, none existent.

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You should hear a Revox Cassette Deck B 215.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:38 am 
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You should hear a really good deck like a Revox, Tandberg, upper range Nakamichi.Highy unlikely you will find one in a thrift shop.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:20 am 
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I bought a Denon DRM 800A 3 head cassette deck for $15 at Goodwill years ago.
It is like new, runs quietly.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:59 am 
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Nice find, ae86. Sometimes you get lucky.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:17 am 
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Good deal. I have a Sony TCK-777ESII and a Yamaha I think 700U both bought new.
Back then I thought it was a good idea to make high quality tapes of all my vinyl for preservation purposes.

The Yamaha is much lighter weight and sounds like a camera when switching solenoid but operates very reliably. The Sony is quite heavy with a transformer sticking out the back and unfortunately the speed went off years ago and I never resolved it.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:58 am 
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ae86 wrote:
Just got one these for $15 from a thrift store here in the GTA. Best sounding cassette deck I've heard so far. Really low wow and flutter, none existent.

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Wow, Great find.
Specs look pretty good, nd you can get download an Owner's Manual here.
<https://www.hifiengine.com/login.shtml>
Congrats,
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:36 pm 
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These Yamaha Cassette Decks have some neat features. Playtrim can make those tapes that sound dull come back to life. The extra fast ff/rew, and remote are nice little bonuses.

Have my eyes out for its bigger brother the KX-1200. 3 head, dual capstan, and DBX. Sweet looking decks with the back lit tape well imo.

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Wow!! Very Great price you got it! Congratulations! Enjoy it! :D


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Sgt Pepper wrote:
You should hear a really good deck like a Revox, Tandberg, upper range Nakamichi.Highy unlikely you will find one in a thrift shop.


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Just got Nakamichi BX-300 with a gear idler off CAM. Needed a little TLC, was starting and stoping, broken back tension belt. New belt and lots of cleaning, and lubricating its now playing like a champ.

A1 Electronics in Toronto has PRB belts if anyone is looking for a low cost replacement belt. You have to look up the PRB #, but they had ones for the BX-300 in stock. Nice!

http://www.a1parts.com/belts/prb_rubber_belts.htm

All I have to say is believe whatever you read about these higher end Nakamichi's. Everyone should hear what these decks can do with lowly pre recorded cassettes. I have a Dizzy Gillespie, To Diz with Love, Telarc Jazz tape recorded on TDK SA-TypeII that really shows off what these decks can do. Great imaging and sweet mid range. Rock solid wow and flutter too. Going to give my turntable a rest for awhile.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Those Yammy's with the play trim are great for playback of your old tapes made on various decks , listening to one right now actually


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