Tandberg TCD 420 A
Dolby B NR Metal Tape

This Tandberg TCD 420 A is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Tandberg in 1980 with a list price of USD $850 and discontinued 2 years later in 1982.

The main features of the Tandberg TCD 420 A are: 2 heads, mechanical 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and metal tapes with additional manual equalization selection, belt driven dual-capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the right side of the deck. Tape eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed sideways in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the TCD 420 A are analog needle VU reading meters. Mechanical transport controls for reliable TCD 420 A transport function selection.

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

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the TCD 420 A by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies.

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
  • Dyneq
  • Metal Tape
  • Dual Capstan
  • 3 Motors
  • Actilinear Recording

Historic events

1980 3M, Mitsubishi, Sony and Studer each introduce a multitrack digital recorder.
1981 IBM introduces the IBM PC.
1982 Sony launched the CDP-101 in Japan

Features of Tandberg TCD 420 A

Calibration
Calibration
Manual Bias Calibration
Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Needle Meters
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Wood Case Orientation Right Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Cassette Back Lighting
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Mechanical Transport Control
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Output Level Controls Individual Input Level Controls
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Sideways Tape Transport Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Dual-Capstan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan) 3x Motor Mechanism

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