Yamaha KX-W421 Tape Decks

KX-W421

Yamaha Tape Deck

User Reviews (4)

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Albert Israel   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 19, 1999]

I recently the purchased this system and I think it is wonderful. The sound is crisp and recordings are pretty good. With my Yamaha RV-1105 remote I can control this deck and I think it is a very good buy.

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5
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Darrel   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 24, 2000]
Strength:

Oh man! Where to begin: the Play Trim and Record Balance and Record level controls are great! I like having the extra motors, too. This machine is rock steady, compared to other dual cassette units I've had.

Weakness:

None I can see (or hear).

I've been recording 'stuff' since I was a little kid (40 plus years ago), and I've never heard such clarity from a tape deck as I have from this Yamaha KX-W421. I used to record strictly on open-reel tapes, because I thought nothing could compare...and at the time, nothing could. All my friends went to cassette machines, and then CD players. I followed suit, as my budget would allow.

I once paid over $600 for a Pioneer single cassette deck because I wanted the "best". The following month, Pioneer released a deck twice as good, half the weight, and more reliable for half the price. I've never bought another Pioneer unit of any kind or category.

I paid $229 for this unit at Brandnamez.com, and I couldn't be happier, both with the machine and their service.

Similar Products Used: Icky Fisher bottom-of-line (discarded when left bucket died), Pioneer, Teac.
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5
VALUE
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5
logiq   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 09, 2000]
Strength:

Nice simple controls, good display,
good quality motors provide fast rewind, quiet operation.
got setup and going in 5 minutes

Weakness:

None really; only wished both decks could record. But thats
rare in a double cassette decks (its handy for recording long radio sessions which i do every week)

No fancy disco lights like the new all-in-one stereo systems - thank god!

I started out using standard TypeI tapes and found it
was losing too much volume, so I went on to use some
BASF Chrome II tapes, it tended to lose abit of volume
as well though not as much as the TypeI. But it sounded good.

Then recently tested out the TDK MA TypeIV
http://www.tdk.com.au/products/audio/ma.htm
it sounds great and has a 1:1 volume, usually i had to
record with extra volume on the other tapes, not with these

oh - back to the Yamaha - it's a great deck, had it for about 6 months now, been working faultlessly. It just keeps
on working and lets you concentrate on the important stuff,
like getting the best recording out of it!

I'ld like to hear what others think is the best
tape for recording on the Yamaha or other tape decks?
sony, tdk, maxell, or others....

regards,
logiq

Similar Products Used: had a 15 year old Technics deck, still going strong!
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5
VALUE
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5
Fitz   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 23, 2000]
Strength:

Build quality, functions, clarity, Play Trim, HX Pro, offers good control over recording characteristics through its various features.

Weakness:

None I can think of

Old mixed tapes from an extensive vynil collection I don't have any more came to life with this unit -- even ancient recordings (10-15 yrs.+ vintage) which have seen better days -- especially once I used the Play Trim option. And as for original recordings on high quality metal tape, it's like listening to a CD. The motors are silent when running, although there is a noticeable clunk when you finish rewinding or fast forwarding (not important to me).

As I've got the deck teamed with a Yamaha CDC675 and Yammie amp, the setup works even better than I'd hoped for. I don't need anything better than this -- it's an excellent piece of equipment.

Similar Products Used: Kenwood, minicomponents
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5
VALUE
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4
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