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TEAC X2000R
7 Reviews
rating  4.57 of 5
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Description: reel to reel


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John DiPalo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this deck new over 30 years ago and it has been the finest piece of audio equipment I've ever purchased. In over 30 years of usage, the only repair was to have a belt replaced 4 years ago. Audio quality is outstanding and mechanical operation is flawless. It just goes to show that products made out of metal instead of plastic does indeed make a difference. Enoug said.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cornelis a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2004

Bottom Line:   
With a bit of luck I had exchanged my Akai GX-77 with a Teac X-2000BL. So this is my 4th Teac tape deck which is already in use for the last 4 years. These decks are one of the finest throughout all the models and brands which were made on this planet. To start with the DC motors, very strong and treating the tapes far more better than overpowered AC motors. Not to mention about the huge capacitors these motors need. But 2 DC motors together with the hall controlled tension arms on both sides of the capstans, this is a perfect combination of precise mechanism. Teac has put enough technique in this state of art model to last it more over decades. Not only the mechanic part but also the electronic part of this deck is from high quality. Real time pause, play and stop without loosing (milli)seconds. Pinch rollers with 2 modes, one for stand-by and one for full stop. My experiences with decks including AC motors for their reel drive can make slip the tape while start playing it. This deck doesn't. No need for oil-damped tension arms, or hydraulic. Just simply two springs who are holding the tape down, that's it. Some have doubt with the dual closed loop capstan, but my opninion about this is to measure it with other decks. Nor the take-up reel or the supply reel need more tension to lead the tape through the heads. This is done by the 2 capstan flywheels who have 2 different diameters each. While one capstan will run slightly slower than the other, the tape between them will be hold firmly enough onto the heads. So there's less tape hiss. I also use 25micron thick tapes, such as the Maxell 25-120. They are left undamaged. With this deck you can play the thinnest tapes available, without worrying about damaged or torn tape edges. As a result of this technique you'll be astonished about the sound it will reproduce. Comparing with digital sources you will need proper equipment to measure the difference. Tapes reproduce more middle frequencies, that's why tape decks are great for vocal recording. Nevertheless, reading the technical document of this deck the frequency below 50hz is boost with +2db. Some now and then the lower frequency will overrule the middle part. It is a matter of taste, anyone who listens long enough won't even notice it. Comparing the 4 track heads with other brands, TEAC has choosed for a smaller trackwidth. Not to small (<1mm), but enough for eliminate the cross talk from the 2 opposite tracks. When the recording level is too high, set on more than +6dB, you will probably hear the opposite track during a pause on playing forward. As I mentioned before, this is simply one of the things why Teac differs from the others. The tape heads from these models are semi-fixed, they need less complex adjusting. Using a compound of cobalt amorphous will result in higher balanced frequency than the ferrite types. There's no cutting off in the higher range. In use with EE tapes you'll get the highest peformance. Although there are some doubts about the low frequency, the BIAS in the pre-amp can be adjusted to use a higher current. Teac has split the BIAS trap for LH and EE tape. If your not using more than 4 different brands of tape, then it's possible to set the recording level for example on the Maxell UD type. XLI is more sensitive, so be aware that switching between source and tape while recording the output level must be turned down. This is why Teac has put an adjustable output level on the deck. This has only effect on the source, not the tape. Instead of using Maxell, recording with Ampex tapes the output level must be turned up. It's not much leveling up, while 75% can be adjusted below calibrating level. I rather preffered a 60/40 proportion. Outside the deck the BIAS can vary +/-5%, which is enough for the latest produced tapes. Although a BASF/Emtec need higher BIAS than a Maxell, the German type is sounding more natural. This type isn't agressive in the lower frequency, but again it is a matter of taste. Yet they are great tapes in combination with this deck. For the lower speed, I use the Maxell because of their great specs overall. Wether your using LH or EE tape, this deck with 3,75ips speed still sounds good. 7,5ips is the best speed, 15ips is an overdrive. Or you must pick the 2-track model. But far from better unlikely is my opinion. With slightly more transient sound, less wow & flutter. But listening with two ears won't even notice the difference. Adding the DBX-I noise suppresion technique, and you have a competetor of digital media. Tests with the high speed 2-track brother against the DAT has already proven the quality of analogue. More over like any other recording media, tapedecks and tapes have to be stored in proper places. In addition no moisture or heat. The sound quality depends on how you treat these things, and how to learn to handle with it. Cleaning the deck periodically will do half of the job. And you will have a lifetime of pleasure to listen to the sound of this deck.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Audio High End



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cornelis a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
As with all the finest things, the open reel tape deck has found it's end. That is for about the last 10 years. I own 3 Teac X1000/2000BL tape decks and as I read these reviews I think I own a piece of gold. Even did a search on the E-bay for these decks I'm wondering how much I can sell these pearls.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   second hand



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by leod09613 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Thoroughly pleased. Being a person who still has roots in listening to audio(compared to digital)this machine has replaced all of my sources(CD,Video,DAT, etc). I wasn't sure I would be able to purchase it through AAFES but after pulling it out of the box and pumping my jazz (6-hours plus) through it, it has to be one of the best audio investments I've made to date(purchased June '97). The sound quality is very unique depending on type of tape (Quantegy Gold/Maxell XL-II recommended). One can't help but smile at the musical strength and quality heard from this unit.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   AAFES Exchange



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Albert Garritsen a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The deck has all the priciples to be a studio master recorder. That is: electronically! Exellent!!
I bought the deck in the early 90´s for 4600 dgld.
For that price I expected a workhorse. ( Compare Revox)
After 3 years of intensive use ( 7á 8 housr a day) the capstan motor began to skreech. I took it apart; dust of the coolbrusches had gone into the axis bearings on both sides. Black dust throu the whole motor! To get it proper repaird I had to buy the longlife version of the capstan motor for 600 dgld. Moreover: the 2 realmotors were to exchange also due to slow spooling of the reels. It would have cost me 2400 dutchguilders to get it properly fixed!

When fast winding, the fixing of the reeltable axes with 2 screws in Vshape were causing the deck to vibrate quite a lot.It made me fear for my nearby standing Alpine AL90 cass. deck!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $1916.00

Purchased At:   Hobo Netherlands




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