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TEAC A-6300 recording levels, particularly the output level

Discussion in 'Tape' started by 91rtstealth, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. 91rtstealth

    91rtstealth Active Member

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    Lehighton, Pennsylvania
    I've searched and I've read the owners manual. From what I've gathered, the 2 o'clock position on the output level is the actual recorded level. However, it always seems low to me, and i've owned this deck and many other decks for 10+ years.

    For example, if I set the recording level on source, and switch to "tape" while recording, the audio being recorded to the tape is lower. If I set my output level to the 3 o'clock position, it seems closer to the actual input level. I've also noticed that when I play tapes recorded on my A-6300 on my A-3440, the meters read much higher on the A-3440. I just had the A-6300 refurbished and the results are the same. Is the 3 o'clock position more accurate in terms of "actual recorded level"?

    I'm just wondering where y'all set your levels when recording.

    Thanks in advance
     

     

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  2. rojoknox

    rojoknox Active Member

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    Location:
    Gresham OR
    Greetings from RojoLand!

    On the A-6300, the specified output level (-8 dB referenced to 0.775 Vrms) is at the 3-o'clock position of the Output control, per the service manual (page 21).

    I too have an A-6300 (and an A-3440). GREAT decks.

    Take care,

    J. E. Knox "The Victor Freak"
     
  3. 91rtstealth

    91rtstealth Active Member

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    Location:
    Lehighton, Pennsylvania
    Yeah, it's weird....the owner's manual says 2 o'clock position and the service manual says 3 o'clock...that's why I was confused. 3 seems more accurate. 2 seems low.
     
  4. rojoknox

    rojoknox Active Member

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    Location:
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    Greetings from RojoLand!

    Weird indeed. And look at the owner's-manual cover — the photo shows the Output knob at 3:00! (Poofread? Why brother?)

    The normal position of that knob may well be 3:00, but the recorded level on a given tape may differ from standard, which is why the knob's there to begin with. If levels are hot or cold at the specified 3:00, adjust as needed. It sounds like your technician did correctly adjust the levels, which is good. When you record your own tapes, set that knob at 3:00.

    Take care,

    J. E. Knox "The Victor Freak" (Teac A-6300 Freak too)
     

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