Sony DTC-ZA5ES

1 9 9 5 1995
2 0 0 6 2006

The DTC-ZA5ES is a 4DD / 2-heads design and Sony's last full-fledged consumer DAT recorder, introduced at the ES line's true turning point.

It is a good recorder, it is also reliable, has 4-DD drive, PULSE analogue-to-digital converters, Advanced-PULSE + SCORE 1-bit digital filter, has SBM, can record analogue sources at 44.1Khz...

Kept from the DTC-2000ES were the MIC / MIC att switches, the fader function, the clock modes to keep on the tapes the time/day of the recordings and, practical, the rehersal modes for nudging markers.

It just was a bit of a let down when one had seen (and used) a DTC-2000ES : the incredible build quality and finish lavishness of the previous DTC-1000ES, DTC-1500ES and of the DTC-2000ES was not there.

If the front and top enclosure are of beautifully finished aluminium, the rest is only pressed metal sans copper-plating, two boards with everything on them and a tiny transformer.

Comparing the internal componentry and structure just proved what happened between 1993 and 1994 at Sony : the DTC-ZA5ES is almost an empty box.

It would get worse later on, though : worse is always possible :)

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Sony DTC-ZA5ES specifications
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Type : Full-size heads R-DAT recorder
Tape speed : 8,15mm/s. (SP)
4,075mm/s. (LP)
Drum rotation : 2000rpm (SP)
1000rpm (LP)
Motors : 4x BSL DD
Error correction : Double-Reed Solomon Code
Sampling frequency : 48 / 44.1 / 32Khz (analog & digital)
Modulation system : 8-10 Modulation
Transfer rate : 2,46Mb/s
Quantization : 16bit linear (SP)
12bit non-linear (LP)
A/D : 1x 1-bit Delta-Sigma (20-bit)
D/A : 1x 1-bit Pulse + SCORE filter (single IC)
Frequency response : 2Hz...22Khz (± 0,5dB)
2Hz...14Khz (LP)
S/N ratio : >93dB (SP, LP)
Dynamic range : >93dB (SP, LP)
Distortion : 0,0045% @1Khz (SP)
0,08% @1Khz (LP)
Wow & flutter : nada
Line inputs : 500mV / 47kOhm / -4dBs
MIC inputs : 0,8mV / 5kOhm / -44dB
Coaxial : 1x 75 Ohm / 0,5V p-p (± 20%)
Optical : 1x TOS-Link
Line outputs : 2V RMS / 470 Ohm / > 10kOhm / -4dBs
Headphones : 100 Ohm / 32 Ohm / 1,2mW
Coaxial : 1x 75 Ohm / 0,5V p-p (± 20%)
Optical : 1x TOS-Link
PC : 35W
Dimensions : 43 x 12,5 x 34cm
Weight : 7,5kg.
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