Yamaha K-520
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Full Logic Metal Tape

This Yamaha K-520 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B and C noise reduction, it was first sold by Yamaha in 1984 with a list price of USD $300 and discontinued 2 years later in 1986.

The main features of the Yamaha K-520 are: 2 heads, digital linear tape counter with 4 digits, manual tape type selection and capable of handling 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 eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the K-520 are generic digital peak reading meters with multi-color indication to provide visual saturation level of tape. Full-logic transport controls used on the K-520 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

Dolby C-type used in the K-520 provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, fully doubling the amount given by B-type.

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
  • Natural Sound
  • Computer Controlled Transport

Historic events

1984 The Ferrari Testarossa, a two-door coupé, premiered at the Paris Auto Show.
1985 Sony and Philips produced the standard for Compact Disc Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) computer discs that would use the same laser technology as the audio CD.
1986 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 (updated) released.

Features of Yamaha K-520

Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Display
Display
Digital Peak-Reading Meters Elapsed Time Linear Tape Counter Multi Color Peak-Reading Meters 4-Digıt Digital Counter Remaining Time
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Silver Finish Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Record
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Dolby-C Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Music Scan Full Logic Transport Control Memory Repeat Timer Recording/Playback A-B Repeat Record Mute Auto-Fade Intro Scan Electronic Fade-Out Memory Play Electronic Fade-In
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Record Level Balance Control Master Record Level Control
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

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