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3-head cassette deck

Item # 156TCKA1ES

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Our take on the Sony ES TC-KA1ESA

Get the most out of your cassette collection! Sony's Elevated Standard line of cassette decks provides awesome clarity and precision for your analog recordings. Even the smallest details have been scrutinized for better sound. All Sony ES single-well decks feature a 3-head design — recording and playback functions are handled by separate heads, each optimized for its specific task. Another benefit of a 3-head design is "tape monitoring." You can switch back and forth between listening to the signal at the record and playback heads, and tweak bias and level controls for the best possible recordings. All Sony ES 3-head decks also feature Dolby B, C, and S noise reduction for exceptionally clean sound.

Sony's most affordable single-well ES deck, the TC-KA1ESA, reduces unwanted resonance and improves stability with a ceramic cassette holder. The two-motor design ensures stable speed and mininal wow and flutter (.055%). You also get an FET power buffer that isolates the playback head and operational amplifier. The result: an ultra-low-noise signal that lets your music shine through.


    • 3-head design
    • 2-motor transport
    • Dolby B, C, S, HX Pro
    • 30-track music search
    • time counter
    • frequency response (±3dB) 20-19,000 Hertz - metal tape
    • signal to noise ratio 85 dB (Dolby S)
    • wow and flutter 0.055%
    • controllable by Sony receiver remotes
    • 17"W x 4-3/4"H x 12-1/4"D
    • warranty: 5 years

What's in the Box:

  • Single-well cassette deck
  • Two 40" stereo RCA patch cords
  • Safeguards
  • Survey
  • Manual
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Special Features


Front panel:

  • Standard 1/4" gold plated headphone jack (the headphone jack provides a fixed level signal; there is no volume control for the headphone output)

Rear panel:

  • Stereo RCA jack line inputs
  • Stereo RCA jack line outputs

Special Features

  • FET power buffer: Is a circuit positioned between the playback head and operational amplifier. It provides a noise free signal
    for better sounding output
  • AMS (Automatic Music Search) track search allows you to skip up to 30 tracks
  • Remote compatible with Sony Receivers
  • The monitor button allows you to compare the quality of the recorded sound with the sound of the program source while recording.
  • This model has a record mute function
  • Memory play allows you to mark a point on the tape counter and to return to it
  • Bias and recording level calibration are set by pressing the Calibration button, pressing record to record test tones, and
    adjusting the bias current and recording level calibration by using the bias knob and the recording level knob.

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