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  1. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    Just temporarily changing a subject :) Anyone believe that this stuff is real. Not that I'm interested, I have what I need and when I don't then I buy from Alex ANT. I'm just curious, after so many years, guy have a bunch of all possible and impossible test tapes...
  2. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    Hey @Makymak, some guy is selling AZ7 i Sweden, asking for 500€. Seems that I was wrong about that deck :) Here is a sellers description: A top of the line , high end audiophile Technics RS-AZ7 , made in Japan in 1996 . The Technics RS-AZ7 cassette deck is one of the best sounding & recording...
  3. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    Never seen those tapes before but they should be good. 100€ is not a little money but unfortunately tape prices in Europe are high. Our friends at the other side of the ocean have a better luck. Cassettes in US are cheaper and much easier to find. Regarding a lenght, 100 minutes should be fine...
  4. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    Hard to tell if a quality of that Houston tape is good. Somebody should test it. Since that it's not available here in Europe, everything is on you guys in US.
  5. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

  6. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    Oh, I've seen many times people are throwing a stones on the other people :violent1: and cursing a decks for stealing a threads :cussing: but if we gonna play dirty - no problem, let's play dirty.:blob5: How's the weather today in your country? :angel4:
  7. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    To avoid stealing a tread I'm sending you a PM.
  8. Alex SE

    Cassette lovers; why?

    As many of you, I've left a tapes behind me a many years ago. Then I found somewhere a Technics RS-AZ7 (really nothing special regarding a sound and a junk regarding a build quality) which I bougt for cheap without any special reason (maybe looking nice). Then I discovered some web pages about...
  9. Alex SE

    Simple question (for the one who knows)

    Those Pb gain trimpots are way too sensitive :) Got it to about 385-391mV and peaks are still at +2. Adjusted R67/R68 (now trimpots) to 78K and it's there, exactly at +3 (Dolby mark). Will order fixed 78K next time, until then trimpots will do a job.
  10. Alex SE

    Simple question (for the one who knows)

    You probably have right about rising dolby level a bit but one thong I'm not sure (actually lot of things but in this case only one): Should it be as close as possible to 388mV but not over 388 OR as close as possible to 388mV while some mV +/- is accepted?
  11. Alex SE

    Simple question (for the one who knows)

    Dolby level 380-386mV on both channels, it can't be stabile. Output is 550-555mV which is a 5-10mV over and its OK. Regarding peak meters, I was wrong (easy to forgot after one year). I have peaks at +2 fine scale, so its only 1 db is missing. Most of people would say its nothing but for me...
  12. Alex SE

    Simple question (for the one who knows)

    Havent touched that deck for about a year so I don't remember the details. I have a 4 days off starting at thursday and will definitely check everything. Will report here of course ;)
  13. Alex SE

    Simple question (for the one who knows)

    I'm sure. Have 555 and 565 which are as you say very accurate. Have 2x 965, one was +4db on fine scale, the other at +6db (ther're not identical from the factory). The one in question is 727 and is peaking to 0db. Only mods I did are adding J-fet preamp between a head and PCB connector and...
  14. Alex SE

    Simple question (for the one who knows)

    Long story short: Trying to adjust peak meter (FL). It indicates 0db instead of +3 (Dolby levbel properly adjusted, so it's only peak meter) My question is which resistor need to be replaced. Have marked 4 resistors but not sure which one of them. If that (probably) matters, there are no more...
  15. Alex SE

    Funny pictures...

    Just had an "Air freshner sandwich" for breakfast :)
  16. Alex SE

    Funny pictures...

    Except that somebody moved the engine to the front side, I think actually they mean that there is a brand new 3-head deck on the back seat (probably Technics) and some nice Type II Maxell tapes. Maybe, just maybe even some LP's too. I mean, there was no CD players in that time so my guessing is...
  17. Alex SE

    Maxell UR or Sony HF?

    May a God bless you and give you a long healthy life. As it looks at the moment, retirement is not gonna be before (if) I reach 70 (21 to go). EU is pushing limit further and further. In a mean time, I will try to enjoy recording tapes and learn myself about electronics as much as I can. After...
  18. Alex SE

    Maxell UR or Sony HF?

    Really, really fast. Boss marked that I'm not so happy atwork as I use to be and asked if he can help me somehow. The answer was: quit me! I want my life back.
  19. Alex SE

    Maxell UR or Sony HF?

    ... and I would be more than happy if I could get 90 minute Maxell XLII for a 5$ a piece :( Would buy 100 for that price directly. People are paying theese days even 2.5€ for a basic TDK D / Maxell UR from 90's and 10€ and more for Maxell XLII90.
  20. Alex SE

    AIWA AD-F880-MAX , my own heavily modified version of this deck.

    Looking at those plots I would rather call it AD-F880SF (SF = Sci-Fi) Besides how good FR and rec are I just dont get it how did you get almost 100% equal channels. Nomatter what and how I do on my deck (you know which one) there is no way I can make L & R be so equal as on your plots. Did a...
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