Aiwa AD-R550
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Dolby HXPro Full Logic Metal Tape

This Aiwa AD-R550 is a auto-reverse stereo cassette deck with Dolby B/C and HX-Pro noise reduction, it was first sold by Aiwa in 1985 with a recommended retail price of USD $320 and discontinued 2 years later in 1987.

The main features of the Aiwa AD-R550 are: 2 heads, digital tape counter with 4 digits, tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and metal tapes, belt driven auto reverse 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-R550 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the AD-R550 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

Dolby C-type used in the AD-R550 provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, fully doubling the amount given by B-type. The Dolby HX PRO system provides precise bias control during recording to reduce distortion and improve linearity in the high-frequency range, the result is recorded sound that is highly faithful to the original.

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

Historic events

1985 Video8 was introduced, the year that Sony introduced the Handycam, one of the first Video8 cameras.
1986 IEC (60094-7) standard on magnetic tape sound recording and reproducing systems
1987 S-VHS (Super VHS) introduction in Japan, an improved version of the VHS standard for consumer video cassette recorders.

Features of Aiwa AD-R550

Calibration
Calibration
Bias Fine Tune
Connectors
Connectivity
RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones
Controls
Controls
3-Position Direction Selector
Display
Display
Digital Peak-Reading Meters 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Dolby-C Noise Reduction Dolby HX Pro®
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Blank Skip Record Mute Auto-Space
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Record Level Balance Control Output-Level Control Master Record Level Control
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Auto Reverse Quick Auto Reverse Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Single Capsŧan Transport (x2) Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

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