The CT-50R was part of a new series of models introduced by Pioneer in 1983. This deck features an advanced auto-reverse mechanism with swivel record/play head. The micro-precision head holder is coated with a special lubricant lining so that the head housing will turn smoothly with little friction or play. In this model the tape quickly changes direction the moment an LED sensor detects the leader tape. This happens so quickly that almost no interruption in the music is noticeable. Also, when the MS/Skip switch is activated in the playback mode, if an unrecorded blank continues on the tape for 12 seconds or more, the tape deck will switch to the fast forward or rewind mode, until it detects the beginning of the next program. Track skip is also possible with the MS (music search) activated. All these logic-controlled functions are made possible by the use of Pioneers own PD4035 CMOS-IC. The mechanism is a 2-motor drive system (RYM-164) with one DC servo capstan motor (belt drive) and one DC reel motor with Hard Permalloy heads. Wow and Flutter is specified at 0.038% according to WRMS standard and 0.16% according to DIN standard. Frequency response is 25-17000/17000/18000Hz (normal/chrome/Metal) -20dB recording. The deck is equipped with both Dolby B and C noise reduction systems. On the right side of the front panel, we can find the headphone and microphone sockets while at the back panel there is a remote-control socket for the additional JT-217 cable remote controller. The tape type selector is automatic with status LED for chrome and Metal tapes. Recording level is manually adjustable while the level meter consists of a display with 8LED/channel. Some of the green LED have a "cut" in the middle in order to make-it look like there are more elements. Overall, this deck has a solid inside and outside construction, the top cover even has a vibration absorbing material across the middle part.
Cover Photo Art: Space Age Love - Published December 15th 2022