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Brand: Teac


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State


Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1980 - 1983

Original Price: $550

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Dimension: 410 x 231 x 355mm

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA, DIN

Frequency Response:40Hz to 20kHz at 7.5 ips

Wow and Flutter:.06% at 7.5 ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:49 dB

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Weight: 30.8 Lbs - 14 kg.

Additional Details


The Teac X-3 Was the entry-level smallest of the final X series produced by Teac. Small enough that it could almost be described as a portable (based on what was happening in the 60s) A good-looking and excellent sounding machine for the money that didn’t seem to sell particularly well. Perhaps it was the fact that Teac had so many offerings and Reel enthusiasts at this late time, were more geared to the high-end market. In spite of relatively few sales, they did release a mark II, perhaps a bit higher spec and price. If anyone has any information about the differences, please send along. The Teac X-300 and X-300R followed in 1983 with slightly better signal-to-noise specification and these R-R decks continued into the early 90s.

With the X series, no other tape-recorder manufacturer released as many models as Teac did at the same time. They sure got a lot of mileage out of the X-3 and X-300 designs by making TASCAM variations in half-track (22-2) and 4-track (22-4) and the OEM Radio Shack TR-3000, which was essentially the same.

If you own an X series Teac you may want to read the Service Considerations detail on capstan motor issues.


Additional Info

Heads (3) Playback, Record & Erase
Motors (3) 1 DC Servomotor Capstan, 2 Induction Reel Motors
Max. Reel Size 7″
Tape Speeds 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and Flutter   0.06% at 7.5 ips
Frequency Response  40Hz to 20kHz at 7.5 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio 49dB
Total harmonic distortion 1.5%
Dimensions  410 x 231 x 355mm
Weight  14kg

Front-panel headphone & Microphone jacks, Four digit tape counter, Fast forward time 1,800′ of tape 102 seconds


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