Technics SV-DA10

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Probably the most sturdy, reliable and indestructible D.A.T. mechanism ever - the RAA1001 mechanism will never let you down.

The SV-DA10 was the consumer version of Panasonic's SV-3200 professional deck ; the same mechanism was used for the later SV-3700, SV-3800, SV-3900, SV-4100 followers as well as in the SV-E10 down-sized version of the DA10 and in the Japan-only SV-D900 upgraded version. It was also chosen by Denon and Studer for their own DAT recorders - case in point !

Part of the features which must have helped the many sales is the very practical shuttle search and incredibly fast FF/REW... 400x speed ! Noisy and scary but completely safe.

Sold in black (less) or gold (more) until 1994 (and beyond in some markets), with a few tweaks readily available to upgrade the i/o stages and headphones plug or defeat the SCMS thing.
I believe the SV-DA10 to be the only consumer D.A.T. recorder allowing to add ABS-time after the recording !

Cassettes-wise, the best match I have found are the Maxell Pro - vanishingly low error rates, even after many rec/play cycles.
My own DA10 has seen many a tape since 1994 and I have yet to see it eat one. I even bought an SV-E10 to get a spare mechanism as, sadly but previsibly, the RAA1001 isn't available anymore.

Sold outside Japan with a "Digital Reference" tag added.

Eddie Ciletti will tell you MUCH more about the SV family and the many mods.

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Technics SV-DA10 specifications
Title Value
Playback frequencies : 48 / 44.1 / 32Khz
Recording frequencies : 48 (analogue in)
44.1 / 32Khz (digital in)
Quantization : 16bit linear (48 / 44.1Khz)
Heads : 2x full-size 30mm
Tape speeds : 12,225mm /s (normal)
8,15mm /s (slow)
Jog/shuttle speed search : x1...x400
FF/REW speeds : x400
FF/REW time : 27s for a 120' tape
Frequency response : 2Hz...20Khz (EIAJ)
Dynamic range : 90dB (EIAJ)
S/N ratio : 90dB (EIAJ)
THD : 0,008% (EIAJ)
Analogue inputs : one pair, single-ended
Analogue outputs : one pair, single-ended
Digital inputs : 1x coaxial 75 Ohm
1X TOS optical
Digital outputs : 1x coaxial 75 Ohm
1X TOS optical
PC : 25W
Dimensions : 43 x 12,2 x 33,9cm
Weight : 5,7kg.
List price : 107,000¥ (1990)
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