Revox A77: My favourite reel-to-reel recorder
By James Grahame
The Revox A77 was introduced in 1967 with a list price of around $500. It accepts up to 10 ½ inch reels and runs almost silently. The first thing that will strike you when you hear one of these is the quality of sound -- far beyond what one has come to expect from the more common cassette format. The machine remained on the market until 1980, when it was replaced by an updated version with similar sound quality.
Revox lives up to the legendary Swiss reputation for quality -- Many of these old machines are still functional and enjoyed by tape connoisseurs. Even though it's well designed, the A77 will require tweaking and repair from time to time. Spare parts remain relatively easy to come by, although not always affordable.
There's something almost religious about re-recording CD versions of classic jazz and rock records back to analog tape. The result is organic - mild tape compression of the high end and a slight thickening of the bass.
Revox Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorders (Nigel Hunt)