Technics RS-276US Tape Decks

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kingrat a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I bought this deck in late spring of 1971, I was about to turn 15, and it would be my first and for many years, only cassette deck. It's built like a tank, and never failed to impress people who saw it, it's huge size and weight, plus the big meters made it stand out compared to most other decks. It's solenod controlled, and there was an optional wired remote available for it. I never bought one of those, but a friend's dad had a similar Panasonic/Technics deck that used the same remote built a wireless IR remote for it in 1977 that I used for over 20 years. Sound quality is excellent, not up to the absolute top of what a cassette could do, but close. Bass seems to be better than the other decks I had, both in recording and playback. When it was nearly 28 years old, the capstan motor started to fail. I looked for a replacement for almost 2 years with out any luck in finding one, and I donated it to a local Goodwill store. About a month later, I see another, rough looking, but fully functional 276 at another Goodwill store for $10. If I had only waited. Late last year, I bought a mint condition RS-276 on ebay, and it looks like it just came out of the box.

There appears to be at least 3 or more versions of the RS-276US. My original one had sliding level controls, as did the rough looking one at Goodwill. The one I bought off Ebay has the much more common rotary pots, a plus IMO, as they would be no problem to replace, if needed. The different versions have different colored Record ights/buttons, and the "dolby" light on my present one is about 100X brighter, and a different color than the original's was.

Sound qulaity wise, they all sound identical, as far as I can tell. This was one of the best components I have ever owned.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   Bernstein-Applebee

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is the first deck from Technics with the direct drive motor for capstan. It is built like a tank, with beautiful large VU meters and nice shiny metal buttons.

The electronics is built the same way the other Japanese manufacturers used to build in that time: too much wires without any connector, so it is pretty hard to service it - the wires are very short so you must unsolder it first.
Mechanism is one of the best with the DD motor of almost 10cm in range, I guess it is from some of their tape recorders. It has two motors, one for winding (REW and FF), and this DD for PLAY and REC functions.

The sound is very good, with plenty of bass, especially regarding the price I payed for it. But the azimuth stability is not the best, it lacks dual capstan transport. I thing Technics had problems with azimuth stability with these old series of decks (RS-M 75, for instance has the similar problem), because they did not elaborate the tape path well (as Nakamichi did, for instance).

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $25.00

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a

Date Reviewed: April 2, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Produced in 1975 this 20lb/10kg deck has very good specs for the time.It is equipped with 2-motor direct drive, manual Dolby level adjustment
and manual tape type selector - normal/chrome. HPF head is a sort of Akai GX. This is only 2-head deck, so no real-time

The sound is good, however extreme trebles are not so vivid as
on modern decks. Bass is VERY SOLID. It beats all modern 2-head and
many 3-head decks i listened to, albeit hiss is more audible . Wow and flutter is very low due to 10 lb/4 kg direct
drive capstan motor. I couldn't notice any instability on piano and
even on clear 3KHz tone recorded from test CD!

Specs: Wow/flutter <0.10% DIN, Frequency response: 20-16000 Normal, 20-18000
Chrome. S/N 50 db w/o Dolby, 60 db with Dolby B on normal tape.

I got it for 20 bucks, and think it has the best price/performance ratio of
all decks in my collection.

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