Country of Manufacture:Japan
Original Price: $1600
Speeds: 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 699 x 464 x 273mm
Head Composition: Permalloy, Ferrite
Head Configuration: Quad
# Motors: 3
Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v
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 55 dB
Sound quality rating:8 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10
Weight: 74 Lbs
Introduced in late 1976, the RT-2044 utilized an RTU 11 transport unit and two TAU 11 pre-amplifiers. Quadraphonic, 3 four track heads, designed for 10½ ” reels and could record and play back at both 7½ ips and 15 ips. The RT-2044 featured a JT 2044T four track/four channel interchangeable head block.
Relatively early logic in the transport allowed you to move between the functions without engaging stop, however compared to the newer decks, there is a pause of about 1.5 seconds between switching which may trouble some people.
The pioneer RT-2044 (4 Track) and RT-2022 (2 Track) are semiprofessional tape recorders and the most expensive open reel decks Pioneer ever made. They definitely sound better than an RT-909 or 707 but have slightly lower signal-to-noise ratio. Both models were considerably larger than the other open reel decks in the Pioneer line.
The RT-2044 measured 18¼ ” w x 271/2 ” h x 10¾ ” d and weighed over 74 pounds. Its list price was $US 1600.00