Onkyo TA-RW909 Tape Decks

Onkyo TA-RW909 Tape Decks 


Dual-Well Auto-Reverse Cassette Deck


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[Mar 25, 1999]
K.T. Morimoto
an Audio Enthusiast

I am skeptical about auto-reversing decks that flip the tape heads as I had not found one that sounds good in the reverse direction.This unit sounds good (FR: 30-15KHz +/-3db for CrO2) (B/C/HXpro) and provides decent features. The one thing I don't like is that the cassettes
are not visible through the doors as they are solid aluminum motorized flip-out doors. Makes it difficult to mix songs but should help
minimize shell resonances. It requires the real-time counter for knowing when the end of tape is coming. Auto-reverse is quick
with minimal signal interruption even when recording. The knobs are a little cramped and small even for small hands. The display
is green with info. useful for playback more than recording. One must keep an eye on the switch settings to see the deck's settings.
If in the market for a good dual-well unit, give this one a look. At $700 it is pricey but for a great sounding dual-well unit, it is necessary.
I rate it at 5-Stars for features and 4-Stars for overall performance because my Teac V-900X from 1985 has a better high end and
recording features. When looking for a good dual-well cassette, this should be a candidate. If you are into recording, I'd stick with a
good 3-head single direction or find a good used Nakamichi RX-505.

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