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Brand: Tandberg


Category:Super High Fidelity


Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Norway

Release dates:1974 - 1977

Original Price: $1100

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 4

Dimension: 17¼ x 17¾ x 7½" (435 x 450 x 185 mm)

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

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

Outputs: RCA, DIN

Frequency Response:30 -25 kHz, 30 -22 kHz & 40 - 18 kHz respectively (±3 dB)

Wow and Flutter:0.07%, 0.09% and 0.15% respectively

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 67 dB (half-track) and 65 dB (quarter-track)

Sound quality rating:8 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 4/ 10

Noise Reduction: Dolby B

Weight: 36lb (16.4 kg)

Additional Details


Developed simultaneously with the 9100X, the 10XD had the added appeal of a 10½ inch reel capacity and was (with the introduction of the 9200XD) the first Tandberg reel to reel recorder with Dolby B noise reduction. It also was the first Tandberg to feature the tape speed of 15 ips.
The 10XD was a tape deck, designed to be used with an existing hi-fi stereo system and as such had no built-in power amps or speakers.
Unfortunately, this, and the other Dolby recorders of the 1974-75 period, proved to be a bit too ‘tricky’ and overcomplicated for the average consumer, and as a result, didn’t sell very well. The 10XD was replaced by a non-Dolby version, the 10X less than a year after its inception, making it rather a rare bird these days and perhaps a bit of a collectors item.

Unfortunately, this model has a DC capstan motor that already started having difficulties in the early 2000’s. As beautiful as this machine sounds, it would not be a good investment to buy the secondhand market. The Tandberg 9200xd, which was quite similar with a 7 inch reel capacity, does not have capstan motor issues.
Both of these machines used early logic  ICs which are prone to failure and apparently a pretty basic chip, still available in the Russian market.

Additional Info

Speed tolerance: ±0.3% / Crosstalk: at 1000 Hz: mono greater than 60dB, stereo greater than 50dB / Distortion: max 3% from tape at 0 dB recording level / Inputs: mic: self adjusting from 0.23 mV to 35 mV radio: imp. 50 Kohms sensitivity 8 mV, max voltage 1.2 V line: 200k imp. sensitivity 30 mV, max 4.5 V / Outputs: radio: imp 5 kohms, 0,775V line: imp 150 ohms, 1.5V headphones: min load 8 ohms, output 5mW per channel

Quarter-track (standard version) or half-track stereo (special order)


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