Sony TC-KA3ES
Dolby C logo Dolby HXPro Dolby B NR Dolby S Wireless Remote Control Metal Tape Full Logic Direct Drive 3 Head

This Sony TC-KA3ES is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B/C/S and HX-Pro noise reduction, it was first sold by Sony in 1996 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $800 and discontinued 4 years later in 2000.

The main features of the Sony TC-KA3ES 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 center 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 TC-KA3ES are generic digital peak reading meters with multi-color indication to provide visual saturation level of tape. Full-logic transport controls used on the TC-KA3ES 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, equalization and sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

Dolby S-type noise reduction gives cleaner transient response, provides lower noise levels, both at low and high frequencies, and allows higher signal levels to be recorded safely on the TC-KA3ES. Dolby S-type noise reduction provides 24 dB of high frequency noise reduction plus an additional 10 dB of low frequency noise reduction. 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 19kHz multiplex pilot slgnal present in FM stereo broadcasts can cause false triggering of the noise reduction system. The switchable MPX filter of the TC-KA3ES 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
  • Laseramorphous Head
  • Quartz-Locked Speed Servo Control
  • Sapphire Main Bearings
  • Free-Action Sorbothane CassetteStabalizer
  • Three-Point Record Calibration
  • Anti-Resonant Ceramic Cassette Holder
  • Closed Loop Dual Capstan
  • AMS (Automatic Music Sensor)
  • ES (Elevated Standard)
  • 3 Head
  • 160 kHz Super Bias

Historic events

1996 Nintendo announces the Nintendo 64 (a 64-bit game system).
1997 Start of the Nakamichi cassette deck resource on Geocities.com
1998 Memory Stick, a removable flash memory card format, launched by Sony
1999 SanDisk, Matsushita, and Toshiba agreed to develop and market the SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card
2000 Windows 2000 is released

Features of Sony TC-KA3ES

Calibration
Calibration
Manual Bias Calibration Manual Level Calibration Manual EQ Calibration
Connectors
Connectivity
AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wireless Remote Control Receiver
Display
Display
Digital Peak-Reading Meters Linear Tape Counter Multi Color Peak-Reading Meters 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection High Frequency Bias Oscillator
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Center Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Cassette Back Lighting
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter Dolby-S Noise Reduction Dolby-C Noise Reduction Dolby HX Pro®
Controls
Operation
Music Scan Full Logic Transport Control Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop Auto-Space Real-Time Tape Monitoring
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls 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 3x Motor Mechanism

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