Sharp / Optonica RT-5200
Dolby B NR Soft Touch Full Logic Metal Tape

This Optonica RT-5200 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Optonica in 1981 and discontinued a year later.

The main features of the Optonica RT-5200 are: 2 heads, mechanical 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome, ferro-chrome and metal 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 RT-5200 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the RT-5200 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 RT-5200 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. 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 RT-5200 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.

Compact Cassette
  • APSS (Auto Program Search System)
  • 2-Motor Drive
  • Microprocessor / Solenoid Control
  • OPTO Peak Level Display
  • Metal

Historic events

1981 The Pacman and Donkey Kong video games are written, and go on to become huge hits
1982 Sony and Philips announce the CD (Compact Disc) in Tokyo

Features of Optonica RT-5200

Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Digital Peak-Reading Meters
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Silver Finish Orientation Left Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Record Play Pause
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter
Controls
Operation
Music Scan Full Logic Transport Control Soft Touch Transport Control Line / Mic Input Select Auto-Space Timer Recording
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Solenoid Control (Mechanism) 2x Motor Mechanism Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

Similar to Optonica RT-5200 from the period 1981 - 1982

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