Model:RT- 2022 / 2044
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Original Price: $1250
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy, Metal
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:15 ips: 30Hz to 28kHz 7½ ips: 40Hz to 20kHz ( 3dB)
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.08% R.M.S. at 7½ ips, less than 0.04% R.M.S. at 15 ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 57dB
Sound quality rating:8 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 9 / 10
Both of these were professional grade tape decks and were the most expensive open reel decks Pioneer ever made. Introduced in late 1976, they utilised the RTU 11 transport unit and either one or two TAU 11 pre-amplifiers. They were, of course designed for 10½ ” reels and could record and play back at both 7½ ips and 15 ips. Both models were equipped with three heads. The RT-2022 featuredtwo-track heads with two channels and the RT-2044 featured a JT 2044T four track/four channel head unit. The head assemblies were interchangeable.
Both models were considerably larger than the other open reel decks in the Pioneer line.
The RT-2022 measured 18¼ ” w x 21¾ ” h x 10¾ ” d and weighed over 62 pounds. Its list price was $US 1250.00. The RT-2044 was the same width but was six inches taller at 27.50 inches weighing 74 pounds.
Speed deviation: 0.8% / Separation: better than 50 dB / Harmonic distortion: less than 1% at 7½ ips. less than 0.8% at 15 ips / Bias frequency: 125kHz / Fast rewind speed: 110 seconds for 2,400ft / Input sensitivity: microphone – 0.11mV. line – 34mV at 100K / Outputs: line – 450mV – 930mV 50K ohms. headphones – 133mV max / Dimensions: 2022: 18¼ x 21¾ x 10¾ ” (464 x 552 x 273mm) 2024: 18¼ x 27½ x 10¾ ” (464 x 699 x 273mm) / Weight: 2022: 28.2 kg (62 lb) 2024: 33.6 kg (74 lb) / half- track stereo (2022) or quarter-track quad channel (2044)