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My new first deck, a Pioneer CT-S99R

Discussion in 'Cassette Decks' started by Command8, Apr 29, 2017.

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  1. Command8

    Command8 Member

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    I finally caved in an bought a deck this afternoon while thrift store hunting, a Pioneer CT-S99R for 25 Euros.
    The machine was "broken" and had a broken rca male plug sticking in the back, all i had to do was replace the fuse.... 25 euros for a dbx, NR b & C, cassette deck.
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    Anyways I opened her up, and took a look around. I was able to clean a couple sections here and there using 90+ alcohol and q-tips, but I can't really take care of the electronics, I don't know how to. What tips/advice can you give to a new owner? Also does anyone have any recommended cheap DAC? it's to connect to my laptop and from my laptop to the deck.
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    Damn, that thing looks nice! Not too much of a fan of these myself, but insides look to be very good quality.

    What's the manufacture date on the motors?
     
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    11 july 1986
     
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    Nice catch cheap to.
     
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    Cheap DAC? Check Schiit Audio ad in the latest (May 2017) Stereophile. Page 60: "Obsolete $2,300 Yggdrasil... and if you want a Non-Obsolete 32bit DAC get $99 Modi-2"
    Brilliant!!! Reminds me of the VW "Drivers Wanted" ad or old Stereophile ads from Head Room, when HeadRoom were making our kind of shit, not just making money! ;-)
     
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    Sorry Jorge, I don't read any audiophile magazine, yet. I forgot to ask, for cassette decks, do I really need an amplifier and if so is it cheaper to get a Dac/Amp combo? So far all i've found are headphone amps/dac combos, I don't think i can use those for a cassette deck, if so, I'll probably get a cheap O2+ODAC (revB) from Massdrop.
     
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    Quick question, I'm trying tor record the 1994 - Vangelis - Blade Runner Soundtrack SACD (DSF) into a Sony chrome class UX 60 tape but so far I think im doing something wrong with the record level. All songs in the album have a high dynamic range, since im making sure that the peaks reach the 0 level following Hugo's old phillips DIN scale diagram but the sounds sounds too dull, if I push the peaks slightly past the 0 level the sound is horrible on playback.
     
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    Well, that's a quite difficult case. For classical music and soundtrack, where the dynamic range is the highest possible, you'll need to get the best performance of the cassette.
    A good chrome tape, you already have it. A good nice reduction system, like dolby C, S or dbx. And you can push the levels 1 or even 2dB.
     
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    WoW....Nice Deck , with dbx , you Should be able to have good recording and playback!!!!
     

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