SAE C102
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Full Logic Metal Tape

The SAE C102 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B and C noise reduction, it was introduced by SAE in 1985 with a recommended retail price of USD $499 and discontinued 6 years later in 1991.

The main features of the SAE C102 are: 2 heads, electronic tape counter with 4 digits, automatic tape type selection with support for normal, 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 loading/unloading is operated motorized and the cassette needs to be placed horizontally in the drawer.

Level meters used on the C102 are generic digital peak reading meters with peak hold for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the C102 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

Dolby C-type used in the C102 provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, fully doubling the amount given by B-type.

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
  • Horizontal Transport
  • Sendust Head
  • Auto Tape Selector

Historic events

1985 Live Aid, a day-long global concert broadcast that raised money for humanitarian efforts in Africa.
1986 Pixar founded by Edwin Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith and Steve Jobs.
1987 Sony launched DAT (Digital Audio Tape) as a new audio tape standard
1988 NeXT Introduction - the Introduction to the NeXT Generation of Computers for Education
1989 Commodore announces that 1 million Amiga computers have been sold.
1990 Release of Photoshop 1.0 for Macintosh computers by Adobe.
1991 Invention of the MP3 digital audio format

Features of SAE C102

Connectors
Connectivity
RCA Input/Output Connectors System Remote-Control Output System Remote-Control Input
Controls
Controls
Tape Length Selection
Display
Display
Digital Peak-Reading Meters Peak Hold 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left 19-Inch EIA Rack Mounting Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Dolby-C Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Record Mute
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Automatic Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity 2-Position Equalization Selector Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Motorized Tape Loading Auto Shutoff Horizontal Tape Transport Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

Similar to SAE C102 from the period 1985 - 1991

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