Clarion MD-7800A
Dolby B NR Dynamic Noise Limiter (DNL) Soft Touch

The Clarion MD-7800 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B and DNL noise reduction, it was introduced by Clarion in 1977 and discontinued 2 years later in 1979.

The main features of the Clarion MD-7800 are: 2 heads, analog 3 digit tape counter and memory stop, manual tape type selection with support for normal and 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 MD-7800 are analog needle VU reading meters. Soft-touch controls for fast and easy transport function selection of the MD-7800.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the MD-7800 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. Unlike the various Dolby systems, which require encoding and decoding, the Dynamic noise limiter (DNL) used by Clarion in the MD-7800 works on playback only and reduces noise by as much as 10 dB.

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
  • 2 Motor Electronic Operation

Historic events

1977 AT&T completes it prototype of cell phone technology.
1978 Nintendo releases its first video game, Computer Othello.
1979 Demonstration of the first CD prototype codenamed “Pinkeltje” by Philips to the worldpress in Eindhoven

Features of Clarion MD-7800

Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Needle Meters
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Silver Finish Orientation Left Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction DNL Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Line / Mic Input Select Soft Touch Transport Control Memory Stop Memory Play Timer Recording
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Microphone Level Adjust (Left/Right) Individual Input Level Controls
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
2x Motor Mechanism Mechanical Tape Loading Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

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