Aiwa AD-F80
Dolby B NR Full Logic 3 Head

This Aiwa AD-F80 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Aiwa in 1978 with a list price of USD $650 and discontinued 2 years later in 1980.

The main features of the Aiwa AD-F80 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, mechanical 3 digit tape counter and memory stop, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and ferro-chrome tapes, belt driven single-capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the left side of the deck. Tape eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the AD-F80 are analog needle VU reading meters with peak hold for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the AD-F80 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection. Cue and review can be used to easily and quickly locate the beginning of a passage.

To ensure the best response from the wide variety of tapes available adjustment of, bias and sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the AD-F80 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. The 19kHz multiplex pilot slgnal present in FM stereo broadcasts can cause false triggering of the noise reduction system. The switchable MPX filter of the AD-F80 filters out the pilot signal, and assuring proper Dolby processing of FM stereo programs.

To make live recordings this deck has 2 microphone inputs to connect microphones with a jack connector. For undisturbed listening a jack connector for a pair of stereo headphones is supplied. Connection to other audio components for plaback can be achieved by a RCA cable and recording from a source by a RCA cable.

Compact Cassette
  • Dual Motor Drive
  • 3 Head
  • FRTS (Flat Response Tuning System)
  • Japanese Market

Historic events

1978 Technics introduced the famous SL-1200MK2 turntable
1979 The first commercial fully automated 1G (First Generation) cellular network was launched in Japan by NTT
1980 Worldwide sale of Rubik's Cube starts.

Features of Aiwa AD-F80

Manual Bias Calibration Bias Over/Under Selector Manual Level Calibration Bias Fine Tune
2 Mono Microphone Inputs DIN Input/Output Connector Wired Remote Input/Output Ports RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Front Input Connector
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Peak Hold Analog Needle Meters Meters Peak / VU Switchable
Normal Frequency Bias Oscillator Peak Limiter
Cassette Exterior
Silver Finish Orientation Left Front Loading
Compact Cassette
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Record Tape Run Indicator Peak Level Indicators Cassette Back Lighting Illuminated Cassette Compartment
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter
Full Logic Transport Control Cue / Review Real-Time Tape Monitoring Memory Repeat Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Microphone Level Adjust (Left/Right) Individual Input Level Controls Output-Level Control
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity 3-Position Equalization Selector
2x Motor Mechanism Mechanical Tape Loading Belt Drive (Capsŧan) Auto Shutoff Sìngle Capsŧan Transport

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