Hitachi D-980
Dolby B NR Wired Remote Control Full Logic Direct Drive 3 Head

This Hitachi D-980 is a stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Hitachi in 1979 with a list price of USD $500 and discontinued 5 years later in 1984.

The main features of the Hitachi D-980 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 with additional manual equalization selection, dual 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 D-980 are analog needle VU reading meters with peak indicator for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the D-980 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the D-980 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. The three-head configuration of the D-980 requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback. 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 D-980 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. All main transport commands can be issued remotely with a wired remote control.

Compact Cassette
  • D.C.C.S.
  • Uni-Torque Direct Drive
  • Dual Capstan
  • IC Logic Control
  • 3 Head System
  • 2 Motor

Historic events

1979 The video game "Asteroids" is created.
1980 Pac-Man arcade game developed by Namco released in Japan.
1981 The first DeLorean DMC-12 rolling off the production line
1982 Sony and Philips announce the CD (Compact Disc) in Tokyo
1983 Mario Bros. is first released by Nintendo in Japan as an arcade game about an Italian-American plumber
1984 The movie "Terminator" is released, revealing advanced computer generated graphics as a main staple in its special effects.

Features of Hitachi D-980

Calibration
Calibration
Bias Fine Tune
Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones Wired Remote Control
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
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Play Pause Peak Indicator Cassette Back Lighting
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Dolby FM MPX Filter Double Dolby NR Circuits
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Auto-Play Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop Real-Time Tape Monitoring
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Microphone Level Adjust (Left/Right) Individual Input Level Controls Output-Level Control
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
2x Motor Mechanism Auto Shutoff Direct Drive (Capsŧan) Mechanical Tape Loading Dual-Capstan Transport

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