Marantz PMD220
3 Head

This Marantz PMD220 is a mono cassette deck, it was first sold by Marantz in 1981 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $250 and discontinued 4 years later in 1985.

The main features of the Marantz PMD220 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, mechanical 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal and chrome tapes with additional manual equalization selection, belt driven single-capstan transport.

Typical of this deck is the 70's top loading layout with the cassette compartiment located on the right 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 PMD220 is a single analog needle VU reading meter. Mechanical transport controls for reliable PMD220 transport function selection. Besides standard recording/playback speed the PMD220 also offers half speed recording and playback, effectively doubling the amount that can be recorded on a tape. Cue and review can be used to easily and quickly locate the beginning of a passage.

Compact Cassette
  • Dual Flywheel
  • 2 Speed
  • Super Hard Permalloy Head
  • Servo Control
  • Play Mix
  • One Touch Rec
  • Four Way Power
  • PA
  • Total Shut Off

Historic events

1981 The first DeLorean DMC-12 rolling off the production line
1982 The Microfloppy Industry Committee agreed upon a 3½-inch floppy specification.
1983 The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is introduced at the first North American Music Manufacturers (NAMM) show in Los Angeles.
1984 Pioneer Releases the world's first car CD player.
1985 Video8 was introduced, the year that Sony introduced the Handycam, one of the first Video8 cameras.

Features of Marantz PMD220

Analog Needle Meter 3-Digıt Mechanical Counter
Peak Limiter
Cassette Exterior
Shoulder Strap Connector Top Loading Orientation Right Black Finish
Compact Cassette
Portable Built-in Monitor Speaker Built-in Condenser Microphone Mono
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Cue / Review One-Touch Record/Pause Speaker Volume Control Mechanical Transport Control Real-Time Tape Monitoring
Power Requirements
Battery Powered External DC Power Supply
Tone Control Auto Record Level Master Record Level Control
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s 15/16 ips - 2.38 cm/s
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity
Servo Controlled Transport Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

Similar to Marantz PMD220 from the period 1981 - 1985