Country of Manufacture:Norway
Original Price: $1100
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
Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v
Frequency Response:(±3 dB): 30 -25 kHz, 30 -22 kHz & 40 - 18 kHz respectively
Wow and Flutter:7(Peak DIN 45511): 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)
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.