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moosers's review (Panasonic - SV-3700)

By moosers, 26/04/2010
The Panasonic SV-3700 is a professional DAT (digital audio tape). I haven't done very much recording at all with anything other than a computer based digital system, but have used the SV-3700 a few times, mostly just for testing old DAT tapes and seeing if they still work and can be transferred. In terms of the connections on the SV-3700, it's got a stereo set of XLR inputs and outputs as well as a set of AES/EBU and an output for a remote control which I have not used or even seen. It comes in a rack mountable casing that will take up four spaces in a traditional rack space. I haven't had a need to really delve too deeply into the configuration of the SV-3700, but the transport section is easy enough to use, which is mostly what I used with the SV-3700. The rest of the parameters and controls I haven't really had a need to check out, but it doesn't seem like it would be too hard to use everything here with a bit of practice. Really the SV-3700 is an outdated and obsolete piece of equipment, but for the time and the medium it is a very sturdy and reliable DAT recorder. I don't know why anyone would want or need to use this now other than for checking out previously recorded DAT tapes, but for what it does it definitely seems like it will do the job very well. Panasonic is of course a very well known and respected company, so you can rest assured knowing that this is built well and should last if you so decide you need it. If you don't want to work in a DAW medium I'd recommend going further back and working on analog tape, as I really don't see any advantages of using a DAT recorder over any other medium really. So while the Panasonic SV-3700 is a respectable unit and will do the job of recording DATs well, there really won't be many people out there who will ever need something like this again...
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moosers's review (Tascam - DA-40)

By moosers, 18/03/2011
The Tascam DA-40 is a quality DAT (digital audio tape) recording machine, that now of course is a bit obsolete. I don't know for what years the DA-40 was made, but I'm pretty sure it's from the end of the short lived DAT era as it's one of the best of it's kind. Of course it's kind of silly to go out and buy a DAT machine now that we have digital computer recording, but at the time the DA-40 was one of the best of it's kind. I work with a producer out of his home studio who still has one of these set up, although it never gets used. The only real point I could see to having the DA-40 or any other DAT machine would be if you still have old DAT tapes and are looking to play them back and/or get information off of them. The DA-40 in particular has a lot of features you won't find on other DAT's, which is why I think it's a later DAT model for sure. The DA-40 is also rack mountable and will take up three spaces in a traditional rack casing. It can record at up to a 48 kHz sample rate and a 16 bit depth as well. It also has a plethora of connections included analog balanced and unbalanced connections in addition the AES/EBU and SPDIF digital connections. Having said all this, unless you already have the DA-40, it's really not worth a second glance. The only other time I could see someone needing this would be if they wanted to bring their old DAT tapes back to life, but even then you probably already have the machine if you have the tapes. While the DA-40 is one of the best of it's kind in terms of being an effective DAT recorder, the bottom line is that it's an obsolete technology at this point...
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Good DAT machine (Tascam - DA-20 MKII)

By Mattfig, 24/06/2012
I like the fact that it's easy to use....It will write all lead ins, etc for you in automatic mode...The transport is fast and the sound is reliable...

Just recently mine (I've had it for 11 years) decided to eat a DAT tape and hasn't given it back yet...???...That's the only problem I've ever had with it...

DAT machines are not really that popular now but if you are looking for a good brand name at a great price, look up a DA-20 mkII...YOu will like it...

The manual is very comprehensive and covers all areas in depth...

Great value for a nice digital recorder...
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