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Olimp 004

Reel-to-Reel Tape Deck

 

490eur

Key features:

-3 motors

-3 heads

-microcontroller control

-quartz system for stabilizing the speed

-auto-correction of the frequency response of the recording channel

-adjustment of the bias current

-the ability to search for the desired fragment of the track by pauses

-luminescent indication of the recording leveland  electronic tape counter

-speed is 19.05 and 9.53 cm / s

-Operating frequency range at a higher speed 19.05  20 … 25000 Hz, 9.93- 20 … 18000 Hz

-The detonation coefficient was 0.08% and 0.15%

-Coefficient of harmonics at the speed of 19.05 cm / s 1.5%

-Signal-to-noise ratio at a speed of 19.05 cm / s -60, 9.53 cm / s -56 dB

-power consumption from the power of 100 watts

-Dimensions of the device 460х450х220 mm

-weight is 28 kg.

-year 1985

-condition – good, serviced

Soviets copied the Revox A700 almost 1:1
First copies were Elektronika 003/ Olimp 003 (the same machine, produced in two different factories). Keeping the original Revox transport and build ideology, the machines were made only 2 speed (9cm/s + 19 cm/s), upgraded to glass-ferrite heads, 4th head added for reverse playback, they were made only as quarter track stereo machines. The next models were already different – Elektronika 004 sported the same look, but a number of machines used Japan made DD capstan motor with 3 speeds and the machine was demanded by DIY enthusiasts as the kit for half track 15ips stereo (poor man’s Studer J). While Elektronika 004 was made as deck with reverse (reverse PB only), Olimp 004 was “simplified” and can be considered as the closest sibling to original A700 – single direction quarter track stereo machine, 2 speeds, 3 motors, quartz locked direct drive capstan and the original form-factor. All audio boards are removable, the same modular principle used as in B77/PR99/A700. Olimp-005 however was another sad story, as Soviet engineers decided to “do better”. It resulted in smaller form factor, custom made MCU for all controls (unobtainium and non-repairable, while 004 still used discrete TTL logic), HF bus internal clock and FL meters, nice looking but injecting HF noise in audio circuit. Sure, it is more advanced, it even had 5th head for music search function, auto-reverse, programmable playback, etc. All things considered it makes rather nice piece of interior, but as a recorder it can be considered mediocre at the best. Audio schematics was “reinvented”, proprietary Soviet playback hybrid IC used in PB amp instead of familiar low noise discrete input+opamp design of Revox and still available in Olimp 004. All that is the reason Elektronika 004 and Olimp 004 are much more valued by enthusiasts in post-soviet countries.

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