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Old 06-24-2011, 10:33 PM
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TEAC X-3 vs. X-3R vs. X3 Mk II

So, I know the X-3 had less features in a sense than the X-3R. I also know that the X-3R and Mk II had the "EE" position. From what I know, I don't think the X-3R had reverse capability (neither did the Mk II). So, I ask, what's the difference again? I am thinking the Mk II was just a rehash on the X-3, but I think there's more to it. If anyone knows, info would be greatly appreciated.

By the way, I own an X-3 Mk II.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:48 AM
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The X-3MKII is the same as the X-3 but has the capability to use EE tapes. The X-3R is the X-3MKII with auto reverse during playback only and has a 4-channel playback head instead of a 2 channel.
The X-3MKII later received a minor cosmetical 'update' and then became the X-300. The X-3R became the X-300R. The 300-series were also capable of using EE tapes.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:50 PM
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That's what I figured, thanks.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:27 AM
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The common element to the entire X-3 line is a weak designed transport
especially the control buttons. Plus you are stuck with 7" reels.
I have seen more of them thrown out than serviced.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:30 PM
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Mine runs pretty well though. I guess it was also how well one took care of it. Since it was "entry level," people just used it and put it through heck until it broke down.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:38 AM
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I used to have one X-3 and two X-300R's but only for a short period.
Both worked fine though. No problems with the transport controls whatsoever. One big advantage from the X-3 and X-300-series is that they use brushless AC reel motors instead of the DC reel motors which usually wear out after 20+ years or so.
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