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Dubbing cassette deck

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The TC-WE475 offers classic dubbing deck features, plus Sony quality, at a very wallet-friendly price. Auto-reverse play (on both decks) and auto-reverse record (deck B) means you don't have to flip tapes over. Relay play lets you enjoy all the music on both sides of both tapes, for hours of nonstop playback. Or use multiple music search to skip right to the song you want to hear next.

Make tape-to-tape copies at normal speed, or at high speed in half the time. Deck A even offers pitch control that lets you adjust the music's playback speed. CD Synchro makes for convenient dubbing from Sony Control A1/A1II-compatible CD players.

Details:

  • auto-reverse record/play (deck B); auto-reverse play (deck A)
  • relay play
  • multiple music search
  • normal/high-speed dubbing
  • Dolby B and C
  • Dolby HX Pro (deck B)
  • pitch control (deck A)
  • CD Synchro dubbing with Sony Control A1/A1II CD players
  • controllable by Sony receiver remotes
  • frequency response (±3dB) 30-19,000 Hz — metal tape
  • S/N ratio 78 dB (Dolby C)
  • wow and flutter 0.10%
  • 16-7/8"W x 4-3/4"H x 13"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
General
Number of Heads 2/1
Number of Motors 1/1
Auto Reverse A/B
Relay Play Yes
Relay Record No
Parallel Record No
High-Speed Dubbing Yes
Full Logic Transport Yes
Closed Loop Dual Capstan No
Dolby NR B/C
Dolby HX Pro Yes
Auto Music Search Yes
Multi Track Search 30
Track Programming No
Bias Adjustment Auto
Pitch Control Yes
Same Brand CD Synchro Control A1II
Blank Skip No
Time Counter No
Timer Compatible No
Mic Input No
Headphone Jack Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Best Frequency Response 30-19kHz
Best Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78 dB
Wow and Flutter 0.1%
Width (inches) 16-7/8
Height (inches) 4-3/4
Depth (inches) 13
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What's in the box?

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  • Dual-well cassette deck with attached 6' AC power cord
  • Two 40" stereo RCA patch cords
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Safeguards notice
  • Owner registration card/survey

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Features

Deck Functions: Deck A is an auto-reverse playback only deck; deck B is an auto-reverse playback and record deck.

Automatic Record Level: The deck will automatically set recording levels when dubbing from deck A to deck B. When recording from an external source, the recording level can be set automatically or manually.

Fading In and Out: The recording level can be gradually increased at the beginning of a recording or gradually decreased at the end of a recording with the touch of a button. This recording function is helpful if you are recording either a live passage or a segment of a long passage and you don't want the track to be cut off abruptly.

Dubbing Speed: Tapes may be dubbed at high or normal speed.

Record Muting: This feature allows you to insert a blank space of 4 seconds (or longer) between each track. This is helpful at playback time, as the blank space is necessary for the Automatic Music Search system to detect the beginning of a track.

Pitch Control: The pitch can be adjusted during playback on Deck A or normal speed dubbing. A rotary knob allows you to increase or decrease the playback speed of a cassette by about +/- 30%. This feature is great for dance and aerobics classes, or for changing the frequency pitch to let you sing along in key.

Two Control A1II inputs: The Control A1II connections provide automatic function selection and synchronized recording when used with compatible Sony receivers, CD players, MiniDisc decks and cassette decks. This is an upgrade to the Control A1 system, although it is still compatible with Control A1.  As of now, this will (1) turn on a compatible receiver and automatically switch it to the right input when the play button is pressed on the cassette deck and (2) allows for synchronized recording. When used with a Sony CD player with Control A1/A1II and peak search this unit will adjust its own recording level.

 
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3 out of 5

OK....not as good as my old Sony

Written By Trombone69, Cherry Hill, NJ on Sunday, July 03, 2011
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I bought this unit to replace my old Sony that finally gave out after 18 years. (I paid less this time than I did 18 years ago. That says something about cheap labor, I suppose.) This appears to be the only cassette deck that Sony still makes. The new deck has more features, like the dubbing and auto reverse, but the frequency response specs are not as good. And it's very noisy (klunk- klunk) when you ask it to play, or rewind, or stop.

I would have been willing to pay more to get better performance. But it did get my existing tape collection back into use. So far (2 weeks) it works fine. It's as good as it gets at this price.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great buy

Written By Hound Dog, Mt Pleasant SC on Monday, January 31, 2011
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I bought this unit to replace my 20 year old Sony ES deck that finally decided to quit.
I needed a suitable replecement because I have several home made metal tapes that I
don't want to part with. Thanks to Crutchfield I was able to replace my old unit with one
that works just as great as the old one, and for a lower price, as these items are getting
harder and harder to find..
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Product but needs a Remote Desperately

Written By Anonymous, Harlan, Ky. on Monday, November 29, 2010
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We enjoy this product daily through our home audio system. Great Quality Sound as we
expect from Sony. Easy and simple to use buttons make it a pleasure to use daily. It
desperately needs a remote control. I wouldn't have bought it if I had known it didn't
have one.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great unit from sony

Written By tom cat, psl florida on Thursday, September 16, 2010
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I am very inpress with this unit for the price. Not i can listen to tapes

I recored years ago plus the tape that were brought. Great job sony.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Nice, but does not equal older decks.

Written By Bill, Houston, TX on Sunday, May 17, 2009
 
I bought this to replace 2 single cassette decks from the '80s. I can't comment on the dubbing features-don't copy cassettes anymore. And it's better to have 2 seperate decks to copy so you can send the signal through the equalizer. And with this deck an equalizer is a must for recording and playback. The frequency response is limited. You'll have to boost the low bass and high treble to get it to sound close to a CD or LP. That wasn't necessary with my older decks. But I understand it's an entry level deck-can't complain. Also as with many newer decks there's no record balance or mic jacks. But having a mixer hooked to the stereo takes care of that. And the tape counters go back to zero when the unit it turned off. I don't know if mine is defective or if they're all that way, but it's annoying.

On a positive note there's many good features-auto reverse with relay play, Dolby B and C HX Pro, pitch control(but only on playback deck), headphone jack, AMS, but only works if there's at least 2 or 3 seconds between songs.
16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice quality machine

Written By bob, Park Falls WI on Friday, February 06, 2009
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It has been a nice process from ordering to delivery and now using the deck. I like the easy to use features and the sound quality is excellent. A lot of extra features for a reasonably priced deck. I'm delighted that I made the purchase. I may buy another while they are still available.
Bob
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Tape Deck

Written By Daryl, Cape Cod, MA on Saturday, November 15, 2008
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I have used this deck for about one month and have recorded and played back maybe 40 to 60 hours worth. It replaced another deck I had for over 10 years. All things considered, this is a great tape deck. Yes, it doesn't have a mic input or the ability to adjust left & right sounds levels individually, but most of us never used those options any way. The only other detriment, which I would have loved, is that both "A" and "B" drives could record as well as play back. I wish Crutchfield stocked it's big brother (TC-WE-675) that had both drives record but maybe they aren't available anymore (Why? because if the one recorder breaks). I should also point out that there is a "Record Button" and that you can tell whether the "Auto Record Level (ARL)" is active by whether the ARL light is on. As previous reviews have said, tape decks are hard to find and I like this one so much I'm heavily considering buying another now (except if I can find a new 675) for when this one finally dies. Don't even consider the other brand that Crutchfield stocks, it's a "No brainer," especially when you compare their specs. And last, but not least, I've dealt with Crutchfield for more than 25 years and if you don't like the tape deck, Crutchfield is the easiest retailer I have dealt with regarding returns plus their ongoing support.
20 out of 20 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony TC-WE475

Written By Rod, Pinehurst, NC on Sunday, October 05, 2008
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This unit was purchased tr replace a 24 year old unit. The Sony TC-475 performed well. It has upgraded features that older tape decks did not have. You can record one or both sides of a tape. Playback 1 or 2 tapes, up to 3 hours of listening before you have to get out ouf your chair. Another good feature is the automatic volume controle when recording from another source. I would recommend this unit to anyone. Since tape deks are almost a thing of the past - - SONY has done a great job keeping an old era alive with this unit.
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony TC-WE475

Written By Scott, Union, NJ on Friday, May 16, 2008
 
This unit has very good (not great) sound reproduction, and has a decent
amount of cassette features. For the price, it is a fine player/recorder.
[Crutchfield made it very easy to return for full refund my previous recent
purchase of an Onkyo audio cassette deck TA-RW255 with which I was totally
dissatisfied; see my 4-28-08 review of that product.] It is fortunate Crutchfield
sells this unit, as finding audio cassette decks available for sale is becoming very
difficult.
22 out of 22 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great tapedeck

Written By bakerj, Winchester, VA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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We needed a dual tapedeck for live taping in a school setting. It needed to be easy to use and able to run automatically for a long period of time. This one is perfect - everyone setting it up and using it has been very happy with it's performance.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A great replacement.....

Written By Randy, Vestal, NY on Friday, June 22, 2007
 
....for my (over) 16 year old SONY TC-WR565, it has served me well. This new one has added Memory, ALC (can switch off), fader, auto-calibrate. I love the peak level hold meters, & playback sound is excellent. I will miss the balance knob, but...no biggie. Soon, cassette recording decks might not be available, they're becoming obsolete. So much for the digital age (CD, DVD, etc.), although I record on both. Enjoy it while you can.
15 out of 16 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Cassette Recorder, yes, but......

Written By Andrew, Longmont CO on Saturday, August 12, 2006
 
Nice unit, in this declining product market.BUT...has a lot of badly labeled buttons. No microphone input.....Ah! and no "record" button, but a "pause" button that is a disquise.It also uses a badly design sound level control that you won't know if it is working in auto mode. Good instructions and very nice clear sound.
24 out of 26 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Dual Cassette Player/Recorder

Written By David C, Memphis, TN on Tuesday, February 21, 2006
 
I was a little skeptical about purchasing a Sony Product, but I'm so glad I did!! This dual cassette deck is so easy to use, and produces beautiful, clear Cassette. It's easy to use, and produces fantastic results, especially for the very low price. Look at the frequency response in comparison with decks costing 2 or 3 times as much. You will see what I'm talking about.
30 out of 32 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony TC-WE475

Written By Pete, Hicksville, NY on Saturday, April 16, 2005
 
I just bought this dual cassete deck last night and I have to say that this is an excellent deck for the amount of money that I spent.
As usual, Sony has made this deck extremely easy to use and with the added features of Dolby Hx Pro/Dolby B/C, sound quality is excellent. With the Dolby Hx Pro, playback is possible on virtually any type of cassete deck/player without decoding.
Auto record level and manual recording level controls make this a very flexible cassete deck. Having the choice is an added bonus.
The best feature of this deck is that you have an auto reverse feature which permits you to playback/record on both sides of your tapes without manually flipping the tape over.
The bottom line is that this cassete deck is a great performer at an extremely reasonable price.
180 out of 204 people found this helpful
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