Category:Super High Fidelity (Reserved for top-end recorders)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1979 - 1984
Original Price: $1300
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 6
Dimension: 17 x 17.8 x 10.3" (432 x 453 x 262mm)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:40Hz - 22kHz @ 7½ ips +- 3db
Wow and Flutter:0.03% at 7½ and 0.04% at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:7 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
Noise Reduction: DBX External
Weight: 44 lbs (20 kg)
The X10 series were three-motor, two speed tape decks available in three versions:
X-10R: quarter-track stereo, bi-directional record andplayback, 6 heads, 7½ and 3¾ ips
X-10: quarter-track stereo, single direction record and playback, 3 heads, 7½ and 3¾ ips)
X-10M: (Mastering) half-track stereo, single directionrecord and playback, 3 heads, 15 and 7½ ips)
Features common to all were: dual capstan drive, 4-digit tape counter, mic/line mixing capability, record mute function button, two large, base-lit VU meters, ±6% speed pitch control, timer start and track record select for recording one track at a time (multi-tracking).
Rewind speed: 100 seconds for 1800ft / Inputs: 60 mV, 50 kohms for line / Outputs: 0.45 V for load impedance of 10 kohms or more
Website with lots of pictures showing belt replacement and more
Some members have reported issues with the capstan motor needing to be replaced but it doesn’t seem to be very common.
If you’re picking up a secondhand machine, count on the fact that you would best replace the capstan belt which is pretty easy to do and in many cases machine that is reported to not engage play will have a melted black gooey mess which can be cleaned up and the belt replaced as per the website noted above.