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Old 08-10-2009, 11:44 AM
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Best Sounding Reel to Reel decks.

Has anyone had enough machines in the one place or long term exposure to enough machines, to say which are the best sounding on both record and replay.

A top 40 would be useful. I know as in all things systems, rooms, taste in music etc will be a factor, but surely it would/should be possible to still come up with a list.

Anyone fancy ago ? My limited experience means I can't offer suggestions but many of you fellow Tapeheads can....I would have thought.



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Old 08-10-2009, 12:11 PM
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I can give you my experiences with decks in almost daily use. These are not big-ticket items but rather common, good sounding decks in a reasonable price range.

Teac A-2300S
Pioneer RT707
Pioneer RT909

I have used these for voice-over recording, dubbing and playback of pre-recorded tapes. They are rather simple to use, pretty flat in recording response when used with good tape.

Others will suggest some more, higher priced decks with more features but this could start you out with some basic decks!
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:14 PM
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I've had as many as 200 in one place for years and still have over 120.
It would have to be broken down into types for me. For instance, if you listened primarily to pre recorded 4 track tapes then all 2 track only machines would be excluded.
Also, I prefer mostly tube based decks and I am sure many others prefer solid state.
For listening to 4 track pre recorded tapes for instance I like Tandberg 6,64 and 64X decks as they sound great and have gental handling for old brittle tapes (when serviced properly).
But I am also into live vintage recording and then I like several machines such as the Tapesonic 70, Magnecord 1028. 728 etc. There are a lot of nice sounding decks out there and sometimes it just comes down to convenience, features and personal taste.

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Old 08-10-2009, 12:18 PM
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Technics RS-1500
Tascam 44-OB
Pioneer RT-707
Tascam 34B

...all of these I have worked with and all have stellar performance...
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:52 PM
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I,m Biased But I.ll Hang with The Teac A-6300 Decent Sound Auto Reverse 10.5" reels and still reasonablly Cheap and you can still get parts
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:03 PM
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TEAC 3440, tape speed 15 ips (38 cm). No noise reduction. Love it!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:20 AM
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Teac X10 R with CA heads, 7 1.2 ips with dolby 363 running sr mode or
Teac A6010 also a great sounding machine w an-180 dolby nr

less filling sounds great


Of course crappy tape on any machine sounds like crap.

Might be time better spent on finding great tape than on the electro-mechanical drive and supporting electronics.

A great deck w worn out heads and/or out of alignment or not configured for the selected tape formulation will also not sound it's best...
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:33 AM
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:43 AM
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:35 AM
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Thanks guys.


Keep that info coming.



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Old 08-12-2009, 06:46 PM
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the more i listen to and use the 6300, the more i like it. might try to get a 2nd one eventually.
controls are a bit clunky (as opposed to full logic controls) but i don't care as long as it sounds good and reverses those tapes.

i've been getting back into recording tapes. recorded j. tulls 'stand up' and 'benefit' albums on one of my akais to play back on the teac.
put the first album on side A, benefit on side B, 7.5 ips, both from digital remasters off of last.fm. click on album title to see song list. if it says 'full track' after each song, it'll play. if not, it won't.

the teac records very well but i like to exercise the other decks too.
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:21 PM
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I have 3 Teac 6300, 7010GSL, and Pioneer RT1020L.

The best is the 6300, because it is auto reverse and the controls. The Pioneer is excellent, put since I perfer auto reverse, I have to vote for the 6300.
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:28 PM
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I've had Teac 4010S, 4010GSL, 4300, 4300SX and Pioneer RT707. The best is the 4300SX followed by the 4300, and then 4010GSL. The RT707 had problems and parts are hard to come by. Teacs seem to last longer with less problems.
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the more i listen to and use the 6300, the more i like it. might try to get a 2nd one eventually.
controls are a bit clunky (as opposed to full logic controls) but i don't care as long as it sounds good and reverses those tapes.

i've been getting back into recording tapes. recorded j. tulls 'stand up' and 'benefit' albums on one of my akais to play back on the teac.
put the first album on side A, benefit on side B, 7.5 ips, both from digital remasters off of last.fm. click on album title to see song list. if it says 'full track' after each song, it'll play. if not, it won't.

the teac records very well but i like to exercise the other decks too.
I kind of like the clunky sound controls kind of gives you that built like a F---in Tanks feeling mine survived being shipped from Florida by UPS and taking a pretty good hit in transit
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i agree with the Teac A2300-S i recently sold mine so i could afford an upgrade, arriving soon with luck :P a Teac X 2000 R, which has had a going over by Gamve
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:07 AM
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Only relatively new to R2R but experience so far.
Really liked the X2000R thats going to Scott
The X2000's are just as good
Revox A700 is also very nice (sounding) but the old electronics switches etc are shit.
The Otari MX50 1/2track sounds nice but have not tried recording yet.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:23 AM
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I like the sound of the Tandberg 10X and the 20SE. Tandberg 'sound' in general has an ease to it that other tape decks would do well to emulate.
Another excellent deck is the Revox B77. It runs circles around the A77 especially at low speed. All three of these I'd rate ahead of the teac A-2300-S I owned for years. Dynamics were a bit boring, and the signal a bit hissier.
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Nakdoc... another NashVegas-ite, eh. Have you ever gotten tape from NTS Pro Media? Know any other good sources for tape in town?

Just a guess; 40 seems like a long list.

Revox PR99
Revox B77
Revox A77
Nagra IV-5
Nagra 4T
Teac X-1000R(M)
Teac X-2000R(M)
Teac X-10(R)
Teac X-20(R)
Tascam 32
Tascam BR20
Pioneer RT-707
Pioneer RT-909
Pioneer RT-1020L
Sony 880
Akai GX-747
Akai GX-636
Technics 15xx
Technics 18xx
Otari MX5050BIII
Studer A810
Studer A807
Studer A812
Ampex ATR-700
Tandberg TD20A
Magnecord 1020
Studer C37

I do believe that leaves out a bunch of others from those same manufacturers as well as Roberts, Ferrograph, Magnecord, etc. Of course, if the reel/capstan motors don't suck... add new (or Flux) heads and a new repro amp to just about any deck and you'll probably have something to write home about, no?? I only have personal experience with the "bolded" ones. I don't remember what machines were used in the studio.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:33 AM
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If you like the sound of the Magnecord 1020 just wait til you hear one of their tube models such as the 1028/1048/728/748. Very nice sounding units and built like a tank.

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