Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 19 3/4 x 18 x 10 1/8" - 502 x 456 x 257 mm
Head Composition: Sendust
Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:30 - 30k @ 15ips - 20 - 25k @ 7.5 ips +-3dB
Wow and Flutter:.018 @ 15ips - .03 @ 7.5ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:67 dB
Sound quality rating:9 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 9 / 10
Weight: 61.8 Lbs. - 28kg
As per the literature Technics provided, the RS-10A02 was designed for professional and semiprofessional applications in broadcasting recording and filmmaking. Also utilizing the isolated loop transport unique to Technics, this deck differed in that it was strictly half track with no switchable head, XLR balanced output connectors and 19 inch rack mount brackets were stock with the machine.
Front panel adjustments for playback/record EQ, level and bias, PB EQ selectable between NAB and IEC, Test tones for 1khz and 10khz and adjustment for mic and meter sensitivity.
It also has upgraded metal buttons as compared to plastic on the other models.
The 4 headblock is labeled RP-2220SX.
The Technics single capstan system offered advantages over double capstan as variations in the speed of two capstans and the pressure of the two pinch rollers to maintain the desired temp tape tension makes speed and tension adjustment complex and difficult often increasing the tape tension which is not desirable. The relatively long distance between the two capstans over which the which the tape must stretch contributes to higher modulation noise and scrape flutter. In contrast the Technics single capstan system maintains exactly the same speed and pinch roller pressure on both sides of the capstan. The wide contact area between the pinch rollers and the single extra-large capstan allows for lower tape tension,about 80 g and very steady because the tape path between the capstan and the reversing roller is relatively short. So modulation noise, wow & flutter and level fluctuations are dramatically reduced. Add to this the quartz locked slow speed direct capstan drive system, aided by tension controlled direct drive reel motors and air dampened tension rollers the Technics isolated loop system achieves excellent overall performance.