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I spotted a Yamaha K1000 on EBay that was reported to be fully functional and it looks like like brand new so I bought it for a fair price. It doesn't have Dolby C or HX-PRO but it has dbx which I'm sold on. I should get it in the next few weeks.
I guess I'll be getting my money back. Thats a shame as I was so looking forward to getting it.
Black one or silver? The latter did, apparently, exist!
Nice that you found one in working order.
FWIW, I've never had the guts to try dBx on a cassette; though.
dBx has (had) a pretty bad reputation for "pumping" (or "breathing"), relative to Dolby.
FWIW^2, I never cared for the sound of Dolby C cassette tapes, and I'd pretty much lost interest in cassette by the time HX-Pro came along (i.e., I really don't have much of an opinion one way or the other).
HX Pro certainly should help with HF extension at higher signal levels... which is the big bugbear when it comes to cassette tape in general and in any compander NR scheme (Dolby, dBx, what have you) in particular.
Don't feel bad about not doing the DBX thingy. Way back, I had a DBX 155 which I occasionally used with my Revox A77. Absolutely dead quiet audio. But, as, you said, it didn't respond well to certain kinds of sounds, and then would "pump". Had to get rid of it.
Also, Dolby C changed the tonal character of sounds too much, so even though my H-K cassette deck has it, I don't use it.
I don't currently know anything about HX Pro. Doesn't matter - cassette is, well, cassette: four tiny tracks on tape going at 1-7/8 ips. Cassette, to me at least, is totally a convenience format, not a hifi format.
I recorded some Delta Blues from an album that was noisy and I never experienced any of the pumping like you described.
all the best,
... back when I had a Teac X1000R open reel deck. Now the Teac is long gone and its dbx-encoded tapes are essentially unlistenable. Yeah, I could get an outboard dbx unit (if I could find one that worked) and switch it in and out of the system, but the far better course of action would have been never to use dbx in the first place. Just my opinion.
Same with Dolby C, by the way.
Have you looked at EBay for dbx equipped R2R? Are they more scarce then cassette decks with R2R. Sorry about your loss on the Teac btw.
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