Technics RS-1030US

Technics RS-1030U

1 9 7 2 april 1972
1 9 7 5 1975

Big, tall, expensive, semi-pro three-motor open-reel recorder named RS-1030U in its home country and RS-1030US elsewhere and from a time when, depending on market, Technics still was mainly "by Panasonic".

Semi-pro because the 1030U can run tape at 38cm/s or 19cm/s, can reach 26Khz in frequency response (another catalog states 27Khz :-), will remain below 0,08% of speed flutter, has direct-coupled three-stage rec/play amplifiers, has 10-years guaranteed HPF heads, has feather-touch "self-illuminated, computer style" transport controls, has tape tension control, large flywheel and pressure roller, has Fe2O3 Ferric Oxide tape compatibility, can have an RP-9103 wired remote-control, and is a 2-track master recorder (38cm/s oblige) which can however read 4-track tapes with its one 4/8-pole hysteresis synchronous capstan motor and two 6-pole induction reel drive motors.

No masterpiece like the later RS-1500 series, Sony's TC-880-2 or TC-766-2 but a sturdy and solid recorder from high fidelity's high&mighty period.
Just above was the RS-1060US : almost identical visually but with better mechanical specs.

However, Technics started very late and didn't make many reel recorders so apart from the successful RS-1500 series Technics' reel decks didn't make much of a dent in the market : Sony since 1949, Akai since 1954 and Teac since 1955 truly ruled throughout the 1970s.

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Technics RS-1030US specifications
Title Value
Track system : 2-tr / 2-ch recording and playback
4-tr / 2-ch playback
Heads : 1x HPF 2-tr record
1x HPF 2-tr playback
1x HPF 4-tr playback
1x HPF erase
Recording system : 180Khz AC bias & AC erase
Tape speeds : 38cm/s
FF & REW times : 120s (2500ft tape)
Motors : 1x 8/4-pole dual-speed hysteresis sync (for capstan)
2x 6-pole induction (for reels)
Wow & flutter : < 0,08% (WRMS, 38cm/s)
< 0,12% (WRMS, 19cm/s)
± 0,12% (DIN, 38cm/s)
± 0,17% (DIN, 19cm/s)
Frequency response : 30Hz...27Khz (WRMS, 38cm/s)
30Hz...27Khz (± 3dB, DIN, 38cm/s)
25Hz...22Khz (WRMS, 19cm/s)
25Hz...22Khz (± 3dB, DIN, 19cm/s)
S/N ratio : 58dB (WRMS ; 2-tr)
55dB (WRMS ; 4-tr)
60dB (DIN ; 2-tr)
57dB (DIN ; 4-tr)
Crosstalk : > 60dB (1Khz)
Stereo separation : > 50dB (1Khz)
Inputs : 2x 0,4mV / 600 Ohm (MIC high)
2x 0,22mV / 20kOhm (MIC low)
2x 70mV / 470kOhm (line)
Outputs : 2x 0,5V / 50kOhm (line)
1x 8 Ohm (headphones)
PC : 145W
Dimensions : 43 x 59 x 28cm
Weight : 32kg.
List price : 237,000¥ (1972)
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