16 November 2019

ITT HiFi8025 (1979) - Who Made Who ?

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A very interesting cassette deck was introduced by ITT in 1979 for the European market. ITT (an American company) owned through it's subsidiary Standard Elektrizitätsgesellschaft several European brands such as Schaub-Lorenz, Ingelen or Graetz. The ITT HiFi8025 was part of their Performance-Line HiFi80 System. This is a high performance 3-Head cassette deck with a 2-Motor Closed Loop Dual Capstan mechanism mounted in a die-cast chassis. There are several other high-tech features present on this deck such as: manual BIAS with test tone, azimuth adjustment, fluorescent peak level display, source input mixer, adjustable output (at the back) and soft touch logic tape transport control. No Metal tape capability yet on this model so its top performance can be achieved using Fe-Cr tapes. (25-21,000 Hz) Previously hi-fi products in Europe were sold as ITT Schaub-Lorenz but this model was simply labelled as ITT, however there was another version of this deck sold as INGELEN HC 500 while the service manual had a ITT-Graetz logo on it ... There is further mistery around this deck as the 3-Head arrangement looks very similar to what Tandberg had used while the mechanism-head arrangement looks very much like the one used by the Mitsubishi DT-30 (DT-40). So why do I even mention the Tandberg name in this discussion when there's no proof that can link this ITT to Tandberg ? Well it's because in the early 80s when TANDBERG introduced the TCD 3034 there was a version sold also as ITT 3020 (and a service manual with ITT-Graetz logo) All this looks like that there was a "love triangle" between ITT-Tandberg-Mitsubishi, but ... Who Made Who ?

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