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Brand: Pioneer


Category:Super High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State


Country of Manufacture:Japan

Original Price: $1600

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

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

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v

Outputs: RCA

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

Additional Details


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


Additional Info

If you’re considering buying one of these it’s important to make note of the fact that the connecting cable with unique rectangular Plug is included as they are very hard to find in the deck will be useless without it.

FF/ rewind speed: 110 seconds for 2,400ft / Speed deviation: 0.8%

4/8 pole hysteresis  synchronous capstan motor, 2 x 6 pole inner rotor induction motors for reel-drive

1 x Ferrite Erase head, 2 x Permalloy Rec/Pb

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 /

The above pictures feature solid wood sides that were custom-made. The original deck comes with a black laminate that often has not done well standing the test of time.

An optional wired remote control JT-211 was available which is very hard to find.


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