Onkyo TA-2900
DBX Dolby HXPro Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Wired Remote Control Metal Tape Full Logic Direct Drive 3 Head

The Onkyo TA-2900 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B/C and HX-Pro and DBX noise reduction, it was introduced by Onkyo in 1984 and discontinued 2 years later in 1986.

The main features of the Onkyo TA-2900 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, electronic linear tape counter with 4 digits, automatic tape type selection with support for normal, chrome and metal tapes with automatic 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 TA-2900 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the TA-2900 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

Dolby C-type used in the TA-2900 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. Dbx Type II found in the TA-2900 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 further maintain recording accuracy, the TA-2900 incorporates a switchable multiplex filter. When you record FM stereo broadcasts, the MPX filter of the TA-2900 can be swiched on to prevent the standard 19kHz FM pilot signal from interfering with the noise reduction system.

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
  • Integra
  • DD 3 Motor
  • 3 Head
  • AMCS (Automatic Music Control System)
  • Dual Capstan
  • Accubias

Historic events

1984 IBM announces the IBM Portable PC, for US$2900.
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 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 (updated) released.

Features of Onkyo TA-2900

Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wired Remote Control
Display
Display
Digital Peak-Reading Meters Linear Tape Counter 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
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 MPX Filter Dolby-C Noise Reduction DBX Type II Noise Reduction Dolby HX Pro®
Controls
Operation
Music Scan Full Logic Transport Control Timer Recording/Playback A-B Repeat Line / Mic Input Select Auto-Space Real-Time Tape Monitoring
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Record Level Balance Control Master Record Level Control
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Automatic Tape Equalization Automatic Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Auto Shutoff Direct Drive (Capsŧan) Mechanical Tape Loading Dual-Capstan Transport

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