FAQ for the Revox A77 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

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Revox is a legendary name in the world of recording. In 1967, Revox released a reel to reel taper recorder called the A77 that provided a combination of superior mechanical and electronic function. The A77 tape recorder is still available on the market with all of the functions a modern recording studio needs.


The Revox A77 is manufactured by the Willi Studer Company. Willi Studer was a Swiss man that helped to create and perfect advances in professional audio equipment. He started his company, Studer, in 1949 and made many advances in analogue taper recorders and professional mixing boards.

The Willi Studer Company created the Revox brand for consumers that wanted to record like the professional artists. The A77 reel to reel tape recorder was released in 1967 and sold more than 400,000 units its first year.


The main function of the A77 tape recorder is to record sound through a magnet recording mechanism that provides clear sound quality. Recording studios and broadcasters can use the A77 to create master tapes of albums or radio shows. The A77 also provides modern facilities for recording such as echo, multi-play and playback on tape spools up to 10.5 inches in diameter.


The A77 reel to reel tape recorder has many features that cater to the novice and the expert recorder. The A77 tape recorder provides many professional recording functions that meet and exceed today's recording standards, including on-off tape monitoring, multi-play, echo and equalisation options in American and European standards. The newest version of the A77 also features a three-motor tape transport system. This system allows the tape to drive through the machine at a consistent speed.


Recording professionals can benefit from optional positioning of the system. Some models of the A77 can be used in the horizontal and vertical positions. This allows for the recorder to use large spools on the machine.

The A77 also provides complete control over the spooling motors for better control when editing the tape. The electromagnetic operated brakes are another benefit for users of the tape recorder for editing purposes.


Two different versions of the Revox A77 are available. The first version is the standard A77 with a wood case surround that will operate in the horizontal or vertical position for accommodating different size tape spools.

The second version of the A77 is the suitcase model that is also known as the all-in-one unit. This model comes with four loudspeakers that provide a built-in mono or stereo playback system. Both models of the A77 are available with an optional power amplifiers with 8 watts per channel.

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