Pioneer CT-A1
Dolby B NR Full Logic Metal Tape Direct Drive 3 Head

This Pioneer CT-A1 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Pioneer in 1979 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $1,350.

The main features of the Pioneer CT-A1 are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, digital tape counter with 4 digits and memory stop, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome, ferro-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 eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed directly over the head block. Additionally the heads can be easilly accessed for cleaning.

Level meters used on the CT-A1 are generic digital peak reading meters with multi-color indication to provide visual saturation level of tape and peak hold for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the CT-A1 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection. Playback speed may be adjusted with pitch control.

To ensure the best response from the wide variety of tapes available adjustment of, bias, equalization and sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the CT-A1 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 CT-A1 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
  • Closed Loop Dual Capstan
  • Quartz Lock Direct Drive
  • 3 Head
  • 2-Motor
  • Auto BLE

Historic events

1979 Demonstration of the first CD prototype codenamed “Pinkeltje” by Philips to the worldpress in Eindhoven

Features of Pioneer CT-A1

Calibration
Calibration
Auto Bias Calibration Tape Calibration Memory Store Bias Fine Tune Auto Level Calibration Auto Equalizer Calibration
Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Display
Display
Peak Hold Multi Color Peak-Reading Meters Display Brightness Adjustable Digital Peak-Reading Meters Meters Peak / VU Switchable 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
Indicators
Indicators
Record Record Mute Battery Dolby B Play Pause Metal Tape Chrome Tape Ferro-Chrome Tape Normal Tape
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Pitch Control Real-Time Tape Monitoring Memory Play Memory Repeat Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Microphone Level Adjust (Left/Right) Individual Input Level Controls Output-Level Control Individual Output Level Controls
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
2x Motor Mechanism Auto Shutoff Direct Drive (Capsŧan) Dual-Capstan Transport Direct Loading

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