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.
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