The W-1200 is a double cassette deck featuring two, one-way cassette decks, mic mixing, a USB digital output and other versatile recording features. In recent times, cassette tapes have fascinated those whom have never used them, thanks to their warm, distinctly analogue sound, not to mention the ease of recording and the ability to create ‘mix-tapes’.
TEAC set out to create a cassette deck that combined an excellent level of performance with an interface that suits the digital audio era. Not only does the W-1200 offer sound that’s close to the original, it also has a wide range of versatile facilities that allow karaoke singing, the recording of conference minutes, and even the digital recording of analogue cassettes via a computer.
The two cassette decks support recording and playback on each as they have independent drive mechanisms… owners can record on both decks simultaneously to make a pair of identical tapes at the same time. And mic input and mic mixing allow you to practice your Karaoke singing over a cassette tape or an external sound source (via LINE IN).
- Dual cassette decks for REC/PLAY on both decks with independent mechanism
- Noise reduction system suppresses hiss during playback (equivalent to Dolby B NR)
- Normal (Type I) and Chrome (Type II) tapes REC/PLAY (auto detect)
- Metal (Type IV) tape Play (auto detect)
- REC MUTE creates four second silences with one touch, or silences of other lengths as desired
- Mic input with mic mixing for karaoke and announcement applications
- One-touch dubbing for easy tape duplication
- Parallel (simultaneous) recording for recording to two tapes at the same time
- Timer REC/Play ready * A third-party audio timer is required.
- Four-digit digital tape counters
- RTZ (Return to Zero) function for one-touch return to the tape counter “0000” position
- Repeat play (playback stops after a maximum of 20 repetitions)
- USB output for digital recording on PC * Third-party digital recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band is required.
- RCA analogue input jacks
- 6.3mm (1/4″) stereo headphone output jack
- Remote control included
Dual cassette decks for REC/PLAY with independent mechanisms
Two simple and reliable one-way cassette mechanisms are employed. During playback (or recording) of TAPE1, users are able to change the cassette tape in TAPE2, preparing it to play (or record) next. Since both of the decks have independent drive sections for control, when one deck is playing (or recording) users are able to operate the other deck (changing tapes, fast forwarding or rewinding,) without affecting the operation of the first deck, ensuring continuity of playback or recording. Both decks support the playback of Normal (Type I), Chrome (Type II), and Metal (Type IV) tapes, while supporting recording on Normal and Chrome-type tapes.
Noise reduction system for playback of Dolby B tapes
The built-in noise reduction system suppresses the hiss noise that inherent in cassette tape playback. This allows cassette tapes that were recorded using Dolby B NR in the past to be played back with sound quality that is close to the original.
Pitch control and RTZ functions
TAPE1 is equipped with a pitch control that changes playback speed (in order to restore the playback sound on old tapes to the original key) by allowing the adjustment of tape speed by ±12%. Moreover, by combining the Pitch control and A-B Repeat play, users are able to make voices easier to understand at reduced tape speeds when transcribing recorded meetings and speeches. Furthermore, both TAPE1 and TAPE2 are equipped with Return-to-Zero (RTZ) functions that make returning to them to their “0000” counter positions easy with the press of a single button.
Parallel Recording for making identical tapes simultaneously
Mic input and mic mixing for Karaoke and announcement applications
The mic input and mixing function allow users to mix mic sound and tape/aux sound, and to record mixed sound to a cassette tape. By adjusting the mic level, users are able to enjoy Karaoke performance, (useful for announcement-type applications) without an external mixer. Of course, recording the mic sound alone to a cassette tape is also supported. Combine that with the Parallel Recording facility and users can create a pair of identical tapes simultaneously, useful for making conference minutes, for example, one being the ‘master’ and another for distribution.
USB digital out for digital recording on PC
The built-in A/D converter and a USB digital output on the rear panel allows users to digitally archive their cassette tape libraries, at 48kHz/16-bit CD-quality. The sampling frequency and bit depth are selectable from 8k to 48kHz and 8 or 16 bit, depending on recording quality of the original tape. Once a digital archive is created, users are able to listen to them anytime anywhere with a computer, DAP, smartphone, network player or even in a car.
Timer Rec/Play ready
The AD-850 provides timer-ready functions for CD/Tape/USB Memory playback and Tape recording. Once Timer Play or Timer Recording is set, the AD-850 will automatically start playback/recording when the unit is turned on by an external audio timer unit*. Timer mode selector is located on the front panel for easy access.