The main features of the Yamaha TC-800GL are: 2 heads, mechanical 3 digit tape counter and memory stop, automatic tape type selection and capable of handling normal tapes with automatic equalization selection, belt driven single-capstan transport.
One of the few decks that have a wedge-shaped layout 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 TC-800GL are analog needle VU reading meters. Mechanical transport controls for reliable TC-800GL transport function selection. Playback speed may be adjusted with pitch control.
The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the TC-800GL by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies.
To make live recordings this deck has 2 microphone inputs to connect a microphone with a DIN 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.
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