Brand: National (Panasonic)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 4
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 16kHz 3¾ ips: 35Hz - 11kHz 1 ips: 30Hz - 9kHz
Wow and Flutter:7½ ips: 0.10%. 3¾ ips: 0.17%. 1: ips 0.25%
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The RS-796 was a budget-priced auto-reverse (both in record and playback modes) three-speed stereo tape deck which met or exceeded all of the manufacturer’s specifications (see accompanying test report).
Controls were simple – at the top of the deck between the reels was the speed control (7½ , 3¾ and 1 ips). A panel at the right hand side of the deck contained a pair of VU meters below which were the left and right record level controls and a headphones socket.
Located along the bottom of the deck was (from left to right) a pause control, direction push-bars, function switch (play, stop and fast wind) and microphone inputs with record buttons directly above.