Category:Super High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1981 - 1985
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 432 x 452 x 262mm
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v
Frequency Response:30Hz to 34kHz @ 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and Flutter:0.03% @ 7 1⁄2 IPS
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50 Db
Sound quality rating:7 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
Noise Reduction: DBX
Weight: 48.5 Lbs - 22 kg
The X-1000 was a high quality, three motor, quarter-track stereo tape deck.
Several similar models were produced with the following suffixes:
R (bi-directional record/playback) – dbx (DBX-I noise reduction system) M– 2 Track Mastering Deck The Teac X-1000R featured six heads, full auto reverse on both record and playback while the dbx models were equipped with a professional DBX-I noise reduction system.
Braking was electrically-assisted, and the tape was handled by a dual capstan drive.
A 3 position tape-type selector gave the user optimum bias and equalization for normal, LH or EE tape. An electronic digital tape counter gave ‘real-time’ positioning.
Other features included:
Illuminated VU meters
The unit was available in matt black or silver finish, and either rack-mountable or in a wooden case.
Teac produced a remarkable number of models in the X series, many of them sharing certain technologies. No other manufacturer had so many different models on the market at the same time. Build quality was not equal to the top end decks from the previous A series, like the A-6300 and 7300. In some cases a Tascam might be a better option if you want to stay with Teac.
If you own an X series Teac you may want to read the Service Considerations detail on capstan motor issues.
UK New Price X-1000/dbx £655; X-1000R/dbx £785
Track System Quarter-track stereo
Heads Three: erase, record and playback
Motors Three: capstan motor – FG servo DC; reel motors – 2 x DC slotless
Frequency Response (3dB)
7½ ips playback: 40Hz – 26kHz, Overall: 40Hz – 22kHz
3¾ ips playback: 40Hz – 18kHz, Overall: 40Hz – 20kHz
Wow & Flutter 0.10% at 7½ ips; 0.12% at 3¾ ips
S/N ratio – playback
7½ ips: 50dB LH, 52dB EE; 3¾ ips: 49dB LH, 52dB EE
7½ ips: 48dB LH, 50dB EE; 3¾ ips: 46dB LH, 50dB EE
Playback EQ – “LH” tape:
7½ ips: 3,180µs + 50µs (NAB); 3¾ ips: 3,180µs + 90µs (NAB)
7½ ips: 3,180µs + 35µs (NAB); 3¾ ips: 3,180µs + 50µs (NAB)
Channel separation 50dB min at 1kHz
Adjacent track crosstalk 40dB min at 125Hz
Harmonic Distortion at 1kHz and at 7½ ips, 0.8% or less
Playback EQ – “LH” & “EE” Tape
7½ ips 3,180µs + 50µs (NAB); 3¾ ips: 3,180µs + 90µs (NAB)
7½ ips 3,180µs + 35µs (NAB); 3¾ ips: 3,180µs + 50µs (NAB)
Bias Frequency 100kHz
Rewind Speed 80 seconds or less for 550m (1800ft)
Inputs – mic/line
Specified input level -60dB (0.775mV) / 10kohms, min -70dB (245µV)
Specified input level -12dB (195mV) / 50kohms, min -22dB (61.5mV)
specified output level -5dB (436mV) / 10kohms, max +1dB (0.869V)
phones: -24dB (48.9mV) / 8 ohms
Here’s the comparative opinion of Sam from Skywave about the 1000 vs the 2000…
I have had a race of X2000Rs coming into my shop lately for repairs. In case some don’t know me- I am the only guy from the Teac Chicago office still doing repairs on them. The X2000R is said to be a better machine and in their brand new condition maybe so but in a worn condition, I still prefer working on the X1000 models. The X1000 has a more clunky direction change switching system but I think it is more robust than the X2000R’s cassette type solenoid switch.
The Orange CA heads are nice but they were also used on the X1000R at the end run as I have seen them come into the shop at the end of the X1000 production- factory mounted.
The X2000 with its smaller pots and crazy layout takes more time to calibrate and is more of a headache than the X1000 and it still have some aggravating meter pots missing that can result in a 3 dB difference between source and Tape. They should have just put the additional pot on the machine so that it could be adjusted properly- otherwise there needs to be mods done to make it right. I have had more failures of CPU and related circuits on this model as well.
The X-1000R uses Permalloy heads and the X-2000R uses Cobalt Amphourous heads.