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RE: Wow, hit a nerve :-)

The one thing no one here has mentioned is sound quality. I used to think my Teac X1000R was a good sounding machine and was very surprised to hear it soundly (sorry) beaten by a stock Otari MX5050 BII. It told me I had never come close to the real capabilities of tape. The good stuff: 15 ips, 2-track.

Intrigued, I had it modded to enable direct tapehead output to a deHavilland 222 tubed tapehead preamp. Now we're really talking. And investigating the potential of master tapes via so-called "safety masters" was further evidence that I was on the right track.

But this left me with 50-60 Dolby tapes -- Barclay-Crocker mostly -- and the only thing to play them was my really old Teac A2300D (built in Dolby). So I was excited to see an ad for the final Mk IV version of the Revox A77 DOLBY. Aha, I could ditch the Teac because the Revox HAD to be superior to it, Right?

I found its "annoying quirks" less than endearing but this was all about sound, so I gave the Teac to my tape tech and looked forward to the sonic wonders the Revox was sure to exhibit (after I had the tech replace its bad caps and fix what had caused it to catch on fire).

Lo and behold, it didn't sound all that great. I didn't expect it to equal -- again, sonically -- the Otari but I sure thought it would whip the Teac which I sadly asked my tech to return for comparison. We both discovered that in my rather elaborate system (I don't call it "wretched excess" for nothing), the Teac sounded clearly better. So I kept the Teac and gave him the Revox. Yep, didn't get a cent for it.

Now all this is only my experience against lots of others who love their Revoxes.

I still think it's a toy :-)

Three other audiobuddies now have Otari decks (one has 4 of them but he's nuts) after hearing mine. They all record 2-track, play 2- AND 4 -track tapes, have switchable IEC and NAB eq, and quick-change headstacks. Try THAT with your Revox.

Edits: 06/07/17

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