Reel To Reel Tape Recorder (1979-84)
The Pioneer RT-909 3-motor deck, with auto reverse / repeat playback and many more features, takes the open-reel format another important and impressive step ahead of anything available in the cassette format.
You’re going to sense this the moment you see it, and hear it, in action. Features? It’s another loaded deck from Pioneer. It not only accepts the conventional 7 inch reels, but also the professional size 10.5 inch diameter reels.
It gives an exceptionally wide frequency range of 20Hz to 28kHz (± 3dB) and, to match this outstanding performance, gives low wow / flutter of 0.04% or better, with both specifications measured at the 7.5 ips tape speed.
It mixes microphone inputs and line inputs, another advanced professional feature. And it allows instant comparison between the tape and the original, as well as azimuth adjustments of the heads. Add up all of this Pioneer perfection and there’s no doubt that the RT-909 is made for the person who has major musical ambitions and strongly professional tastes.
And yet if you’ve never considered making the big move upward into open-reel, because you thought they were too complicated, you’ll be happy to learn that Pioneer has equipped the RT-909 with the kind of features that only an open-reel novice could appreciate. Things like exceptional headroom (and flexibility) that means this open-reel format offers more overall performance in terms of dynamic range, distortion and noise than the best of cassette formats. And much more: convenient automatic reverse / repeat playback, tape-saving 3.75 ips speed, easy to read Fluroscan meter and 4 digit counter, timer start, LED indicators, and other features.
Are you ready for the move to open-reel perfection? Pioneer has made a beautiful deck and equipped it in such a way that it performs with the ease and perfection of a cassette deck.
Track system: auto reverse, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo system
Heads: 2 x playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase
Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan
Reel size: up to 10.5 inch reel
Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.04% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 30kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 60dB
Total harmonic distortion: 1%
Input: 50mV (line), 0.3mV (mic)
Output: 0.45V (line)
Semiconductors: 4 x FET, 43 x IC, 121 x transistors, 126 x diodes
Dimensions: 480 x 340 x 318mm