Grundig TS1000

Grundig TS1000 II

1 9 7 6 1976
1 9 8 0 1980

European High Fidelity in all its 1975 glory, from one of Europe's MAJOR brand, just before the Japanese sledge-hammer industry settled in definitely.

The TS1000 was discreetely advertised in Japan but with an ultra price (500,000¥ - exactly like Philips' RH545) so I doubt it could ever sell significantly...

A semi-professional deck, the TS1000 could be used as a 2TR or 4TR deck with its interchangeable head-blocks.
The 4TR head-block allows for a switchable auto-reverse playback facility, the direction selector being located on the block itself.

The version 0, although never named like that, was presented at the 1975 Berlin Funkausstellung ; it had a very welcome brushed aluminium front instead of the production black.

The version II, although never named like that, took all of the original but switched available speeds up, up to 38cm/s.

It is just too bad that neither Grundig, Saba or Telefunken were able to maintain their position on the market for this was great gear, made by people who enjoyed striving to build it the best they could.

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Grundig TS1000 specifications
Title Value
Tracks : 4 or 2
Speeds : 4,76 / 9,5 / 19cm/s
Reel size : 27cm or smaller
Max. recording time : 30
Inputs : 2x MIC (1mV / 50kOhm)
2x LP (100mV / 1MOhm)
2x LINE (1mV / 10kOhm)
DIA/Sync input
Outputs : 2x LINE (1,5V / 15kOhm)
2x Headphones (2x50mW / 400 Ohm)
Frequency response : 20Hz...12,5Khz (4,76cm/s)
20Hz...16Khz (9,5cm/s)
20Hz...20Khz (19cm/s)
S/N ratio : 56 / 57dB ( / , 4,76cm/s)
63 / 65dB ( / , 9,5cm/s)
64 / 66dB ( / , 19cm/s)
Speed accuracy : ± 0,15% (4,76cm/s)
± 0,09% (9,5cm/s)
± 0,05% (19cm/s)
Dimensions : 54 x 20 x 50cm
Weight : 22,5kg
Export price in Japan : 500,000¥ (1978)
337,000¥ (1979)
Componentry : 162 transistors
18 FETs
5 photo transistors
180 diodes
16 LEDs
1 rectifier
16 ICs
Supplied accessories : dust-cover
22cm empty metal reel
1x "242" cable
1x GDR 22 HIFI-Studio blank tape
Optional accessories : 2T head-block #435
4T head-block #436
4T head-block autoreverse #437
wired remote control #439
Dolby board #438
Features : 3heads / 3motors
Tachometer-controlled speed stability
Interchangeable head-blocks
Separate power amp for headphones
Sensor & Logic-controlled transport
Double 4-digit counters
DIN45500 spec for 4,76cm/s speed
Varispeed (4,75 > 19,05 cm/s)
2 stereo or 3 mono sources mixing facility
VU meters with peak LED display
Built-in tape cutting board
Synchroplay / Multiplay/Duoplay/Echo
Auto or Manual record level with limiter option
Timer switch
Wired remote-control (#439)
Source / tape monitoring
12 plug-in boards for easy maintenance
FF or REW cue/pause switch
Matte black "Studio Look" color
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