Harman Kardon TD392
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Dolby HXPro Full Logic Metal Tape 3 Head

The Harman Kardon TD392 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B/C and HX-Pro noise reduction, it was introduced by Harman Kardon in 1985 with a list price of USD $799 and discontinued 6 years later in 1991.

The main features of the Harman Kardon TD392 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, analog 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection with support for normal, chrome and metal 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 TD392 are generic digital peak reading meters with multi-color indication to provide visual saturation level of tape. Full-logic transport controls used on the TD392 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

Dolby C-type used in the TD392 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. To further maintain recording accuracy, the TD392 incorporates a switchable multiplex filter. When you record FM stereo broadcasts, the MPX filter of the TD392 can be swiched on to prevent the standard 19kHz FM pilot signal from interfering with the noise reduction system.

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
  • Uniplane Transport
  • 3 Head

Historic events

1985 Sony and Philips produced the standard for Compact Disc Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) computer discs that would use the same laser technology as the audio CD.
1986 Pixar founded by Edwin Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith and Steve Jobs.
1987 The brand AKAI is no longer used and is replaced by A&D in Japan when merged by Mitsubishi
1988 Sony begins producing VHS recorders
1989 Introduction of Hi8 video format, an improvement of Video8
1990 Commodore announces the Amiga 3000 computer.
1991 Apple intrroduces the "QuickTime" multimedia format.

Features of Harman Kardon TD392

Calibration
Calibration
Bias Fine Tune
Connectors
Connectivity
RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Digital Peak-Reading Meters Multi Color Peak-Reading Meters Meters Peak / VU Switchable
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Silver Finish Orientation Left Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Record
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter Dolby-C Noise Reduction Dolby HX Pro®
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Memory Repeat Record Mute Real-Time Tape Monitoring
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
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

Similar to Harman Kardon TD392 from the period 1985 - 1991