Luxman KX-102
Dolby B NR DBX Full Logic 3 Head

This Luxman KX-102 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B and DBX noise reduction, it was first sold by Luxman in 1982 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $1,000 and discontinued 3 years later in 1985.

The main features of the Luxman KX-102 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, digital tape counter with 3 digits, tape type selection and capable of handling 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 KX-102 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the KX-102 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

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

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the KX-102 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. Dbx Type II found in the KX-102 is a simplified version of the Type I noise reduction system. The dbx Type II system was designed to be used with systems with limited bandwidth such as cassette based recorders and also uses a simple 2:1:2 compander to reduce noise.

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
  • Computer Tuning System

Historic events

1982 Sony launched the CDP-101 in Japan
1983 The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is introduced at the first North American Music Manufacturers (NAMM) show in Los Angeles.
1984 IBM announces the IBM Portable PC, for US$2900.
1985 Commodore introduced the Amiga 1000 computer.

Features of Luxman KX-102

Calibration
Calibration
Auto Level Calibration Auto Equalizer Calibration Auto Bias Calibration
Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Digital Counter Digital Peak-Reading Meters
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction DBX Type II Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Real-Time Tape Monitoring
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Master Record Level Control
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Auto Shutoff Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan) Mechanical Tape Loading

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