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Niles TSB-3 FG00080

3-tape deck switcher

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by Jim Richardson
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Have you ever wanted to use more than one cassette deck, but you didn't have enough inputs and outputs? The Niles TSB-3 lets you connect multiple cassette decks to your home receiver off a single input and output. This compact table-top switcher has gold-plated connections for up to three decks, so you can play, record or dub from any deck. You can even record from one tape deck to another!

Details:
  • rotary switch selectors
  • gold-plated RCA connections
  • 3 tape inputs and ouputs
  • 7-1/8"W x 2-9/16"H x 5-3/4"D
  • warranty: 10 years
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  • Tape deck switching system
  • Instruction sheet
  • Limited Warranty card

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Features

Product Overview: The Niles TSB-3 Tape Recorder Switching System is designed specifically to eliminate the hassle of constantly rearranging wires and patch-cords on your receiver that only has one input/output for a tape recorder each time you need a different tape deck hookup. By simply rotating the appropriate front panel knobs, you can record, playback and dub between three tape decks (DAT, Cassette, and Open Reel for example).

Placement: The TSB-3 is designed as a table-top system. Place the TSB-3 on a flat surface close to the equipment you will connecting to. Do no place the TSB-3 on top of any component that generates excessive heat.

Controls: There a total of 4 rotary knobs on the front panel of the TSB-3. There are three for recording purposes and one for playback. They are as follows.

  • Recording Knobs: There is a knob for each tape deck you can connect to the unit to record to. You can record to as many as three tape decks.
    • Tape 1 Knob: The Tape 1 knob has the following settings.
      • Off: no signal is routed to the tape deck
      • Amp: you can record on Tape 1 whatever signal is selected on your Preamp/Receiver
      • 2: You can record on Tape 1 the signal from Tape 2
      • 3: You can record on Tape 1 the signal from Tape 3
      • 2+3: You can record on Tape 1 either the signal from Tape 2 or the signal from Tape 3
    • Tape 2 Knob: The Tape 2 knob offers the following settings.
      • Off: no signal is routed to the tape deck
      • Amp: you can record on Tape 2 whatever signal is selected on your Preamp/Receiver
      • 1: You can record on Tape 2 the signal from Tape 1
      • 3: You can record on Tape 1 the signal from Tape 3
      • 1+3: You can record on Tape 2 either the signal from Tape 1 or the signal from Tape 3
    • Tape 3 Knob: The Tape 3 knob features the following settings.
      • Off: no signal is routed to the tape deck
      • Amp: you can record on Tape 3 whatever signal is selected on your Preamp/Receiver
      • 1: You can record on Tape 3 the signal from Tape 1
      • 2: You can record on Tape 3 the signal from Tape 2
      • 1+2: You can record on Tape 3 either the signal from Tape 1 or the signal from Tape 2
  • Playback Knob: The Playback knob select which tape deck you can play back from. The Playback knob features the following settings.
    • Off: use if you do not want to listen to anything
    • Amp: use if you wish to listen to whatever source is selected on your Preamp/Receiver
    • 1: playback of tape deck 1
    • 2: playback of tape deck 2
    • 3: playback of tape deck 3

Specifications:

  • Switches: The Switcher uses gold plated, self-cleaning, double wipe contacts to assure high reliability and a long life.
  • Construction: The TSB-3 features 100% printed circuit board construction.

 

 

 
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5 out of 5

Great source switcher box!

Written By Calaveras, Valley Springs, CA on Saturday, June 11, 2011
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I had more reel to reel and cassettte decks than I had recordable outputs on my amp. I found myself swapping RCA plugs all the time. (not very good) I purchased this switch box, set it up in about 10 minutes and I was recording from the amp to all decks, plus able to dub from one to the other. One thing to pay attention to, is read the the hookup instructions or at least look at the pictures in the manual. The input from your deck goes to the output of the switch box and the output of the deck goes to the input on the box. That may seem normal but it is the opposite to how you would hookup your deck directly to the amp. The input and output of the amp. will hook up to the switch box the same as normal. I hope this does not confuse the reader but if you hook them up wrong you can cause a loop feedback in your amp. The switch box is a great unit and does not require any outside power source. I found no loss of db going through the Niles switch box. I'm thinking of buying another and get even more decks. (I hope my wife doesn't read this) Great unit at any price.
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5 out of 5

Niles TSB-3 FG00080

Written By Sooner, Okla on Monday, November 15, 2010
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This is what I needed for my two RTR's and CD-RW, now I can play/record without the Y cables. The price on the unit to me was a little high but I paid for it, no regrets at this time. I enjoy working with Crutchfield and the folks there.
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5 out of 5

Niles TSB-3 FG00080

Written By ERROL, PVB, FL on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
 
I'm into audio have been for over 30 years and definately prefer the warm sound of analog be it vinyl or reel to reel and yes I have CD's. Pecently I located a pristine Nakamichi Dragon Cassette Deck to compliment my REVOX B77. Unfortunately unlike most 2 channel preamps my Rotel preamp/processor only has one set of tape in/outputs. When I found the Niles TSB-1 was estatic. I bought my first Niles sound distribtion product over 20 years ago and today use a Niles SSVC-4 speaker selector and an HK Citation 16 dual monoblock amp to run 3 sets of speakers through the preamp's zone 2 output.

The TSB-1 is clean, the switching options provide all the choices an old analog head like me needs. Best thing is I have the ability to add that pristine Tandberg 20A-SE should I ever find it.
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5 out of 5

Add More inputs to any audio amp

Written By Timothy, Kalamazoom Mi on Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Just what I needed for my tape decks and mini disc deck(s). Ever wanted to hook up that old or new audio device to your stereo but were out of inputs ? Well this switcher does the job and does it well. Hook it up and it's even possible to dub from one device to another while listeninng to another. What more could you ask for? (maybe remote control). thats your choice. I just wanted something to do what it was made for and this it does it well. And what better retailer then Crutch Field. Thay will always have m business.

Tim
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