Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1983 - 1991
Original Price: $640
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 16.1 x 12.8 x 9.1 (410 x 326 x 231mm)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 40Hz - 20kHz - 3¾ ips: 40Hz - 22kHz (3dB)
Wow and Flutter:0.04% at 7½ and 0.06% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:51 dB
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 6/ 10
Weight: 33 lbs (15 kg)
Both the X-300and X-300R were three-motor, three head quarter-track stereo tape decks. The 300R featured auto-reverse and repeat reverse (in playback mode only). A smart, cost-cutting method of doing this reversing was to use a 4 channel play head with tracks 1 & 3 being used for forward play and tracks 2 & 4 providing reverse play. Speeds were 7½ and 3¾ ips and maximum reel size was 7″. Other features included EE tape compatibility, timer record/play capability and mic/line mixing. When introduced in 1983, it was one of the least expensive decent reel to reel tape decks on the market and had lots of features. With a decent production lifespan, it continued all the way until 1991.
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.
Heads (3) Playback, Record & Erase
Motors (3) 1 DC Servo motor 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 51 dB
Total harmonic distortion 1.5%
Dimensions 16.1 x 12.8 x 9.1 (410 x 326 x 231mm)
Weight X-300R: 33 lbs (15 kg) X-300: 31 lbs (14 kg)
Front-panel headphone & Microphone jacks, Four digit tape counter.
Crosstalk: 50dB at 1kHz / Rewind time: 120 seconds for 1,800 feet / Harmonic distortion: 0.8% / Bias frequency: 100kHz / Inputs: line: 60 mv, 50 kohms microphone: 0.25 mV / -72 db (200 ohms or more) / Outputs: line: 0.45 V for load impedance of 10 kohms – H headphones: 8 ohms / quarter-track stereo, bi-direction record and playback