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Technical Details

Brand: Pioneer


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State


Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1973 - 1976

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Dimension: 17.3 x 17 x 8.9" (440 x 431 x 225mm)

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 2

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:7½ ips: 40Hz to 20kHz 3¾ ips: 40Hz to 12kHz

Wow and Flutter:less than 0.10% R.M.S. at 7½ ips; less than 0.13% R.M.S. at 3¾ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:55dB

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Weight: 46.2 lb (21 kg)

Additional Details


The RT-1020L was introduced in 1973 and was Pioneer’s top-of-the-line open reel deck that year.
It was a three head (hyperbolic), three-motor, two and four track stereo tape deck with a 4 channel quadraphonic playback option. A three position bias-selector and two position equalization-selector ensured optimum reproduction of low-noise/high-output tape. Independent MIC and LINE record level adjustment allowed input mixing. Two speeds (7½ and 3¾ ips) were provided and up to 10½ ” reels could be accommodated.

Additional Info

Price when new (in the USA)
One quarter-track stereo record head,
One quarter-track stereo erase head,
One 4-track 4-channel playback head
One 4/8 pole 2-speed synchronous capstan drive and two reel motors
Tape speeds
3¾ and 7½ ips (7½ & 15 ips for model 1020H)
Frequency response ( 3dB)
7½ ips: 40Hz to 20kHz
3¾ ips: 40Hz to 12kHz
Wow & flutter
0.10% R.M.S. at 7½ ips; less than 0.13% R.M.S. at 3¾ ips
Rewind speed
100 secs for 370m tape (faster for model 1020H)
Two lid-integrated enclosures each with one 5″ full-range speaker
mic: 0.25mV to 80mV/20 Kohms (1 mV ref);
DIN: 15mV to 1.5V/1.5Kohms
line: 316mV/50 Kohms load (output impedance: 3.3 Kohms)
headphones: 40mV/8 ohms (output impedance: 4 to 16 ohms)
17.3 x 17 x 8.9″ (440 x 431 x 225mm)
46.2 lb (21 kg)



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