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Open Reel Playback Tape Deck M 002 P

Analog High End Playback Tape Deck

  • Super flat and compact design for horizontal and vertical operation
  • External DC power supply
  • Reel size up to 30 cm
  • Direct drive capstan and reel motors
  • 2 speeds switchable from 19 cm/s to 38 cm/s
  • Edit function manually one-handed
  • High resolution digital counter
  • ¼“ Stereo with  2,75 mm track width

The M 002 P is a pure playback machine and provides a high-end solution to listen to 1/4″ 15 IPS master tapes. The compact and modern design blends in with the demands of modern interior design. It can also be easily integrated into existing high-end systems. The tape deck can be operated horizontally and vertically. The cable connections are located in a special connection terminal on the bottom of the machine.

The base for the compact Ballfinger M 002 P comprises the new, super compact tape transport system at just 55 mm high. This consists of a torsionally stiff aluminium plate with fine-milled surfaces, to which all the mechanical components are fastened. The reels are driven by ironless disc motors, which are electronically commutated and fitted with tape tension control on both sides. The machine has a tape path geometry with a completely new layout. The sensors are therefore not located beneath the reels, as is conventional, but rather between them and directly above the head assembly. Despite its modest dimensions of 460 mm x 380 mm, the M 002 P can therefore accommodate reels with a diameter of up to 300 mm. Inserting a tape is also self-explanatory and extremely simple.

The capstan shaft is driven by a brushless direct drive DC pancake motor. This motor has an overall height of only 24 mm and features brushless sinus commutation with rotor angle detection and extremely low torque ripple. Thus, the rotational mass could be reduced to a minimum with excellent wow & flutter of < 0.04 % at 38 cm/s and < 0.06 % at 19 cm/s (evaluated). The motor is nearly vibration and noise free and requires no maintenance. The power supply unit has been relocated outside the device, which has enabled further enhancement of this ratio and also means that complex measures for electromagnetically screening the tape heads were superfluous. The M 002 P is equipped with a digital real-time counter mechanism that counts hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. The current counter reading is saved every time the device is switched off, and displayed again when it is switched back on. As is otherwise only conventional with large studio devices, the tape deck boasts an editing function with preview option for one-handed operation. The device has been primarily designed for horizontal operation. However, it can also be operated vertically. All connections are ideally located on the device base for this. Using the requisite accessories the machine can therefore be operated upright, and all cables are located on the rear as is customary. Further features are electric (and therefore wear-free) brakes and deep groove ball bearings on the capstan shaft and pressure roller, which keep service requirements to a minimum.

The built-in playback amplifier is based on the new audio electronics of the M 051 master recorder and features electronically balanced outputs. The right and left channel are on separate circuit boards. As is usual with studio equipment, the playback level, treble and bass can be calibrated separately for each speed via especially low-noise and low-distortion trimmers. For both speeds, 19 cm/s and 38 cm/s, CCIR and NAB equalizations are available which can be switched on the control panel and are shown on the display.

The M 002 P can be operated vertically and horizontally. Both feet are included in the package for this operation. It is available in silver frosted and wooden or black finish.

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