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Brand: Teac


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State


Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1981 - 1982

Original Price: $625

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

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

Auto Reverse?:Yes

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:40Hz to 20kHz at 7.5 ips

Wow and Flutter:06%

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:14kg

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 6/ 10

Weight: 14 kg.

Additional Details


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.

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. Reverse playback Function.


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