REEL TO REEL AUDIO MACHINES
THE TRUE AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AUDIOPHILE ENTHUSIASTS KNOW, THAT REEL TO REEL AUDIO MACHINES STILL GENERATE THE BEST AND ULTIMATE SOUND
Reel-to-reel audio tape recording, also called open-reel recording, is the form of magnetic tape audio recording in which the recording medium is held on a reel that is not permanently mounted in an enclosed cassette. In use, the supply reel (feed reel) containing the tape is placed on a spindle or hub; the end of the tape is manually pulled out of the reel, threaded through mechanical guides and a tape head assembly, and attached by friction to the hub of the second, initially empty take-up reel.
Reel-to-reel systems use tape that is 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1,
or 2 inches (6.35, 12.70, 25.40, or 50.80 mm) wide, which normally moves
at 3 3⁄4, 7 1⁄2, 15 or 30 inches per second (9.5, 19.1, 38.1 or 76.2
cm/s). All standard tape speeds are derived as a binary submultiple of
30 inches per second. The tape in a compact cassette is 0.15 inches (3.8
mm) wide and normally moves at 1 7⁄8 inches per second (4.8 cm/s). By
writing the same audio signal across more tape, reel-to-reel systems
give much greater fidelity, at the cost of much larger tapes. In spite
of the larger tapes, less convenience, and generally more expensive
media, reel-to-reel systems, which first started in the early 1940s,
remained popular in audiophile settings into the 1980s, and are filling a
widening niche in the new millenium. To enjoy our very informative VIDEO about the "HISTORY OF REEL-TO-REEL TAPE RECORDING", please click (work in progress)
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WE HIGHLIGHT OUR FAVOURITE
Considered by many experts as the best machine
- 2 tracks stereo master recorder, ¼ inch (6,35 mm).
- Master recorder on trolley with VU meter bridge.
- Tape speeds: 30 - 15 - 7.5 ips (76.2 - 38.1 - 19.05 cm/sec.).
- Servo-controlled tape transport.
- 3 DC Processor-Controlled High-Torque DC Spooling Motors.
- Processor-Controlled DC Capstan Motor with Low Rotor Mass.
- Processor-Controlled Pinch Roller Unit.
- Spooling motor control with pulse-width modulation.
- Equalization: CCIR - NAB switch selectable.
- Tape A and Tape B switch selectable with independent setting and memory storage.
- Tape Reel: AEG-DIN (standard), CINE (EIA) -Trident (Optional).
- Reel size: up to 14" (35,5 cm) for metal reels or plates.
- Balanced XLR input and output.
- Digital real time display for all 3 speeds; H, Min, Sec.
- Edit mode with Jog and Shuttle function Zero locator; Locator Play, Locator 1; Locator
- 2, Master Safe-Rec Ready button; Service menu with digitally programmable audio and tape deck setup with non-volatile memory storage
- Library wind button to select a reduced spooling speed; Varispeed; Auto-Mute during FF-REW mode.
- VU Meters, with independent potentiometers for line-input and line-output.
- VU Meters monitor of input or output signal switch selectable.
- Rec-Play calibrated and uncalibrated mode, switch selectable.
- Buillt-in monitor speaker and headphone output (jack 6,3mm), for input or output signal.
- In Line or Butterfly heads.
- Buillt-in monitor speaker
- Spooling time: about 70 sec. for 760 mt. of tape.
- Weight: about 91 Kg
- Dimensions: H x W x D, 1330 (with VU meter bridge) x 700 x 660 mm.
- Power absorption: about 80 W in Stop, 130W Play-Rec, 160W FF-Rew.
- Voltage selector: from 100 to 240 Volt, 50-60 Hz.
OTARI MTR 10
1.) Track system: 4-track, 4-channel, stereo/monaural/multi channel system
2.) Motor: 3 x DC servo
3.) Reel size: up to 12.5 inch reel
4.) Equalization: NAB/IEC/AES
5.) Tape speeds: 71⁄2 15 (30 ips)
6.) Wow and flutter: 0.04%(30 ips)
7.) Frequency response: 60Hz to 29kHz(30 ips)
8.) Signal to Noise Ratio: 73dB
9.) Total harmonic distortion: 0.15%
10.) Crosstalk: 55dB
11.) Dimensions: 1156 x 584 x 660mm
12.) Weight: 113.4kg