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Brand: Tascam


Category:Super High Fidelity


Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Japan

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Dimension: 20 x 17 x 12.6" - 505 x 432 x 320mm

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

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

Outputs: XLR Balanced, RCA

Frequency Response:30Hz to 22kHz (15 ips)

Wow and Flutter:0.04

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:70

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Weight: 77 Lbs. - 35 Kg.

Additional Details


Originally released as Tascam 52 it evolved into five different versions that were available.

52 the earliest model with NAB equalization and RCA Input/Outputs
52 NU NAB, RCA Input/Outputs
52 NB NAB, XLR Input/Outputs
52 DU IEC, RCA Input/Outputs
52 DB IEC, XLR Input/Outputs
The XLR Models, NB & DB had a few extra features
– Input/output level controls with an UNCAL button which allowed for adjusting the input levels of each channel separately.
– 1/4″ headphone jack with volume control
N= NAB, D=DIN, B= balanced
So a 52 that is NAB with balanced output was the model 52 NB.

This studio machine featured a transport that was incredibly smooth to compete with the usual suspects, but suffered from electronics that were far from leading edge. I have owned two of these and was amazed at how average the playback sound was. But it did make nice recordings.

Additional Info

Track System  2-track, 2-channel stereo
Heads  (3)
Motors  2 x reel, 1 x capstan
Reel Size  10.5 inch reel
Equalization  IEC or NAB
Tape Speeds  7 1⁄2 – 15 ips
Wow and flutter 0.04% (15 ips)
Distortion 0.8%
Input 300mV (line)
Output 0.3V (line)
Dimensions 432 x 505 x 320mm
Weight 35kg
Optional RC-50 Remote Control


Having owned two of these, I can say that they certainly have a well constructed transport that was likely as good as Teac/Tascam ever made and comparable to Studer.
But I didn't end up keeping them as they were rather large machines that didn't sound any better than any of the other higher end Japanese recorders that I owned the time.

Sound Quality Rating: 6/10
Long-term Reliability Rating: 7/10

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