Sony MTL-10

Sony CassetteBank10

1 9 8 2 december 1982
1 9 8 4 1984

Yesteryear's home music server : twenty cassette sides, or ten hours or a full day's work of music.
Of course, indexing what is on each tape mostly relies on memory, human memory, which makes for a very good exercise.

Up to ten cassettes can be stored in a JL-10 magazine and each can be played on both sides thanks to an auto-reverse head : you can see how the system works here or here

Each JL-10 can store tape type (II/III/IV or I) and NR type (off / B / C) for each cassette inserted with two switches. Push the JL-10 inside the MTL-10 (motor activated !), close the door, it works.

Of the colors made available, only the almost-black and silver are somewhat reachable ; the blue and red are alas extra-extra-rare. The JL-10 was also theoretically available in three colors but black is the color we all got.

(I am the lucky owner of a NOS/NIB silver MTL-10 with three JL-10s :)

Sony MTL-10, image 1 Sony MTL-10, image 2 Sony MTL-10, image 3 Sony MTL-10, image 4
Sony MTL-10 specifications
Title Value
Heads : 1x LaserAmorphous
Motors : 1x DC for capstan
2x DC for reels
Wow & flutter : ± 0,1% (Wtd peak)
0,07% (WRMS)
FF & Rew time : 100s for a C60 tape
THD : 0,5%
Frequency response : 30Hz...17Khz (± 3dB, Type IV)
30Hz...17Khz (± 3dB, Type III)
30Hz...17Khz (± 3dB, Type II)
30Hz...15Khz (± 3dB, Type I)
S/N ratio : 65dB (Dolby ON, Type IV)
66dB (Dolby ON, Type III)
65dB (Dolby ON, Type II)
61dB (Dolby ON, Type I)
Outputs : 0,44V / 47kOhm (line)
0,39mW / 32 Ohm (headphones)
PC : 9W
Dimensions : 35,5 x 10,5 x 28cm
Weight : 5,7kg.
List price : 60,000¥
Colors : silver, blue, red, black
Optional JL-10 spares : blue, red, green, black (2000¥)
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