Technics RS-M95

1 9 7 9 july 1979
1 9 8 1 1981

Successor in full of the successful RS-M85, the RS-M95 is nevertheless a boosted 85 and not really a completely new development.

The Quartz-locked, Direct-Drive, planar-opposed, DC brushless, slotless motor remained the very same while the rec and play heads were upped to HPF material (S&F for the earse head) to cope with the newly introduced Type IV (metal) tapes.

The second motor was however upped to coreless for better tape tension control - schematic shown below.

But it's mainly in the electronics that the differences appear, or 1977 vs. 1979.

The M95 has a digital FL counter with three assignable memory positions (M1, M2 and MPlay) and peak/VU / peak/hold modes, four ±20% bias fine pots (one for each tape type) and redesigned audio amps with 2-stage balanced DC and more reliable low-voltage power-supplies.

Added were a 2-tone calibration oscillator (400Hz / 8Khz) and fast rise/decay (enlarged & two-color) meters and a fully-operational rec-mute pad instead of the input-bypass lever of the RS-M85.
Other cute additions : a continuous pot for FL display brightness, EIA rack ears and a glass bottom lid.

One of the first big K7 recorders, produced at a time manufacturers had begun to realize blank tape sales were very rapidly outgrowing LP sales.

The RS-M95 was appended to the renewed 10000 series in '80/81.

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Technics RS-M95 specifications
Title Value
Tape speed : 4,8cm/s
Wow & flutter : 0,03% (WRMS)
FF/REW time : 80s (C-60)
Motors : 1x quartz-phase-locked DC brushless DD for capstan
1x DC coreless for tape tension / reels
Heads : 2x HPF for rec & play
1x S&F double-gap for erase
Frequency response : 20Hz...20Khz (Type IV, ±3dB)
20Hz...20Khz (Type III / II)
20Hz...19Khz (Type III / II, ±3dB)
20Hz...18Khz (Type I)
20Hz...17Khz (Type I ±3dB)
S/N ratio : 70dB (Dolby on, above 5Khz, Type II/III, max input level)
60dB (Dolby off, Type II/III, max input level)
Inputs : 0,25mV / 27kOhm (MIC, 400 Ohm...10kOhm applicable input)
60mV / 60kOhm (line)
Outputs : 650mV / 6kOhm (line, 22kOhm load impedance)
88mV / 8 Ohm (headphones)
Bias frequency : 85Khz
Bias fine range : 100% (Type I, adjustable ±20%)
135% (Type II, adjustable ±20%)
115% (Type III, adjustable ±20%)
200% (Type IV, adjustable ±20%)
Meters range : -42dB...+8dB (30 segments)
Dimensions : 45 x 14,2 x 34,8cm
Weight : 12kg.
List price : 240,000¥
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