Recording a ’86 TDK SA-X from vinyl [VIDEO]

2 years, 5 months ago 0
Posted in: Cassettes

I’ve created a new video for my channel. Unfortunately, Youtube has blocked it due to the new 13th EU rule, so I cannot publish it… there.

I was encouraged to make this video after seeing videos from @Oswaldo Martinez and others.

In this video I show you how I record a vinyl on an excellent tape. It’s not a technical but a contemplative video. I hope you like it.

Please choose the version that suits your needs:


Here is the HD version, for viewing in tablets and laptops up to 15″:


And here’s the big size version in glorious Full HD 1080p if you wish to watch it in full screen in a 1080p or 4K screen:



Gear used in this video:

  • Turntable: Technics SL1200 Limited
  • Cartridge: Audio Technica AT150Sa
  • Phono preamp: ANT Audio Kora 3T Limited Edition
  • Preamp: Mitsubishi DA-P20
  • Deck: SONY TC-K909ES
  • Visualization: Nixyelizer
  • Headphone amplifier: ALO The PanAm
  • Headphone: Sennheiser HD650

Although a ’86 SA-X (one of my favorite cassettes) accepts levels up to +3, I measured the total distortion before starting to record and found out that I could not go over 0VU because it already reaches 3% distortion (which is the maximum allowed), so I kept the levels at 0.

The digitized sound may not be perfect. I switched to a new desktop PC recently and had to forget my beloved X-Fi Elite (because it’s a PCI card and those aren’t compatible anymore), so I had to use the embedded Realtek sound card.

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