Yamaha KX-690
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Dolby HXPro Dolby S Full Logic Metal Tape Wireless Remote Control 3 Head

This Yamaha KX-690 is a stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B/C/S and HX-Pro noise reduction, it was first sold by Yamaha in 1996 with a list price of USD $599 and discontinued 4 years later in 2000.

The main features of the Yamaha KX-690 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, belt driven 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 with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the KX-690 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the KX-690 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, 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 KX-690. 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 three-head configuration of the KX-690 requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback. 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 KX-690 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
  • Cassette Stabilizer
  • Natural Sound
  • 3 Head
  • Closed Loop Dual Capstan
  • Yamaha CF Head
  • 3 Motor

Historic events

1996 Introduction of the first smartphone, the Nokia 9000 Communicator which incorporated PDA functionality
1997 Saul. B Marantz dies at age 85
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 Yamaha KX-690

Calibration
Calibration
Auto Bias Calibration Playtrim Adjustment Bias Fine Tune
Connectors
Connectivity
RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wireless Remote Control Receiver
Controls
Controls
Tape Length Selection
Display
Display
Linear Tape Counter Digital Peak-Reading Meters 4-Digıt Digital Counter Remaining Time
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection High Frequency Bias Oscillator
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Titanium Finish Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Double Dolby NR Circuits Dolby-C Noise Reduction Dolby HX Pro® MPX Filter Dolby-S Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control A-B Repeat One-Touch Record/Pause Intro Scan Real-Time Tape Monitoring Memory Play Music Scan CD Synchro Start Memory Repeat Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Master Record Level Control Record Level Balance Control Auto Record Level Headphone Volume Control
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
Mechanical Tape Loading 3x Motor Mechanism Belt Drive (Capsŧan) Auto Shutoff Dual-Capstan Transport

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