Technics RS-B965
Dolby HXPro DBX Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Metal Tape Direct Drive Wireless Remote Control Full Logic 3 Head

This Panasonic RS-B965 is a stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B/C and HX-Pro and DBX noise reduction, it was first sold by Panasonic in 1990 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $700 and discontinued 3 years later in 1993.

The main features of the Panasonic RS-B965 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, digital linear tape counter with 4 digits and memory stop, automatic tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and metal tapes, dual capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the left side of the deck. Tape loading/unloading is operated motorized and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the RS-B965 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the RS-B965 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 and sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

Dolby C-type used in the RS-B965 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. The three-head configuration of the RS-B965 requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback. Dbx Type II found in the RS-B965 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. 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 RS-B965 filters out the pilot signal, and assuring proper Dolby processing of FM stereo programs.

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 wireless remote control.

Compact Cassette
  • Class AA
  • MX Head
  • Closed Loop Dual Capstan
  • Quartz Lock
  • APRS (Advanced Precise Rec.-Level System)
  • HX Pro Headroom Extension
  • Digital Servo
  • Cassette Half Stabilizer

Historic events

1990 Dolby S Noise Reduction introduced by Dolby Laboratories.
1991 Apple intrroduces the "QuickTime" multimedia format.
1992 Philips launched the DCC (Digital Compact Cassette) format
1993 The first graphical program able to view data on the "web" is released through a program called Mosaic

Features of Panasonic RS-B965

Calibration
Calibration
Manual Bias Calibration 400Hz Test Tone 10kHz Test Tone Manual Level Calibration Bias Fine Tune
Connectors
Connectivity
CD Direct Input RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wireless Remote Control Receiver
Display
Display
Linear Tape Counter Digital Peak-Reading Meters 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Champagne Finish 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 Double Dolby NR Circuits Dolby-C Noise Reduction Dolby HX Pro® MPX Filter DBX Type II Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Real-Time Tape Monitoring Music Scan Memory Repeat Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop Auto-Space
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Master Record Level Control Record Level Balance Control Auto Record Level Headphone Volume Control
Feet
Shock Absorbtion
Cassette Stabilizer
Limited Finish
Special Finish
Gold Plated Input/Output Jacks Gold-Plated Headphone Jack
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Automatic Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Motorized Tape Loading Quartz Controlled Transport Auto Shutoff Direct Drive (Capsŧan) Dual-Capstan Transport

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