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In Reply to: RE: New Revox tape deck coming posted by Bill Way on May 04, 2016 at 16:35:51
But what's a tape deck without vu meters! It's gotta have vu meters. :-|
Link to the Revox news item from Analogplanet.com at page bottom
Thanks for the linky.
As I said in an earlier post, the pictured machine appears to be a mock-up. I suspect I was right, since, according to MF at AnalPlan, it won't actually be demoed until October.
Why would a company spend thousands of euros to display and promote a non-existent product (at the Munich show)? My thought is that they're feeling out the market. My other thought is that this product may never see the light of day, especially at $4,500. Something like "concept cars" at auto shows. We'll know in a year (availability Q1 2017). Personally, if I'm going to spend $4,500 on a two track tape deck, it damn well better record. You read it here first.
Donno. If it's for use in studios, unlikely given the Revox name, I suppose you could use your console's meters, which are, of course, calibrated. Or maybe it has LED meters that light up to the left of right of the buttons. Stay tuned.
"A man need merely light the filaments of his receiving set and the world's greatest artists will perform for him." Alfred N. Goldsmith, RCA, 1922
The Revox link doesn't suggest that it's a recorder, unless I missed something.
It looks to me like a playback-only deck, a response to the growing availability of high-quality prerecorded tapes. Considering the tapes themselves are selling for $400+ each, a retail price of $4500 doesn't seem extreme.
You can't compare the price of the deck to the price of the media, they are two completely different things. Also, there is a very small market for $400 tapes. I think there is an even smaller market for a $4,500 play-only tape deck, especially since an interested person can buy and refurbish a VERY nice play/record deck for $2,500.
Heck, my excellent Revox A77 Mk IV 2-track 7.5/15 ips deck goes for about $600 on ebay. (I'm not interested in selling it, btw.) WHY would I spend $4,500 for a play-only deck?
BTW, $400 tapes are WAY over-priced.
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