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Aiwa AD-F770

Published: October 26, 2021
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The Aiwa AD-F770 was part of the last generation made with the horizontal keypad, and these decks are in a separate class when it comes to sound quality. The tape deck has Dolby B/C and HX-Pro noise reduction, and was first sold by Aiwa in 1983 with a recommended retail price of USD $495.  Offering most of the features of the F990, the AD-F770 features DATA circuitry (Digital Automatic Tape Adaptation), ensuring sound reproduction that out rivals any other model in its class. And in a nutshell, what the HX-Pro system does is to maintain a constant flux level across the record head gap. This improves distortion at low frequency, and increases the response at higher frequencies, by about 10dB. It is not a noise reduction system but functions automatically when the deck is in the recording mode. It can be played back on any other deck whether equipped or not with HX-Pro.

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Features

The main features of the Aiwa AD-F770 are: 3 heads and no off-tape monitoring to save production cost, digital linear tape counter with 4 digits and memory stop, automatic tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and metal tapes, belt driven dual-capstan transport. The more standard cassette deck features are included, namely: a timer switch, headphone jack socket, peak programme meters, monitor switch, Dolby B and C, output level control, digital tape counter, zero reset switch and memory rewind. There's the usual tape transport functions, a record mute switch, microphone ¼" jack sockets (L+R), line in/record phono sockets, line out/play phono sockets, MPX filter switch and a remote control connection facility.

Specs

  • 3 heads (R/P: DX, E: sendust)
  • 2 DC motors
  • 3 digit r/t counter
  • Dolby B-C NR HX Pro, mpx
  • L+R mic in
  • Wired remote (optional)
  • Automatic De-Magnetizer System (ADMS)
  • Components: Panasonic SU, Nichicon, Nippon Chemicon SM / NX-V, Sanyo
  • No 20-18000 Hz ±3 dB
  • CrO2 20-19000 Hz ±3 dB
  • Me 20-20000 Hz ±3 dB
  • S/N 80 dB (Dolby C on, 5 kHz)
  • W&F (wrms) < 0,025%
  • Dimensions: 420x110x280 mm, 6.0 kg.

Recording quality generally is very high, but the machine sounds audibly very similar to any other in its price range. The manufacturers quote a very optimistic 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth for a metal tape, 20Hz to 19kHz for chrome tapes; they do not let on to how flat the frequency curve is however. From the all-new flat keyboard control panel to the unique all-mode time display, the Aiwa F770 is the kind of machine you can depend on for the best in cassette performance.

The Aiwa F770 was discontinued in 1985.

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Aiwa AD-F770 value and price guide

What's your Aiwa AD-F770 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

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Aiwa Aiwa AD F770 3 Head Audiophile Aiwa AD F770 3 Head Audiophile Cassette 10/2021 $ 197.81
Aiwa Aiwa AD F770 3 Head Audiophile Aiwa AD F770 3 Head Audiophile Cassette 09/2021 $ 208.02
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