Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1981 - 1982
Original Price: $625
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 1 (PB)
Dimension: 410 x 231 x 355mm
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:40Hz to 20kHz at 7.5 ips
Wow and Flutter:06%
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 6 / 10
Weight: 14 kg.
The Teac X-3R Was the entry-level of the final X series produced by Teac. For an entry-level machine it surprisingly included a convenient feature which reverses the playback when a sensing foil is installed on the tape. A smart, cost-cutting method of doing the 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.
The Teac X-3 series were good-looking and fine sounding machines for the money that didn’t feally fit the marketplace at the time. Reel enthusiasts were getting few and far between in the early 80s, with the cassette coming on strong, so those that were left were more interested in the the higher-end R-R Recorders. It wasn’t a strong seller, however the Teac X-300 and X-300R followed in 1983 with slightly better signal-to-noise specification and these last generation 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 versions in 2 track (22-2) and 4 track (22-4) and the 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 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
Front-panel headphone & Microphone jacks, Four digit tape counter, Fast forward time 1,800′ of tape 102 seconds. Reverse playback Function.