I purchased mine back in 1999 (I think), just as tapes were at the beginning of the end of their time in the industry. I'd previously owned many tape decks over the years; from boom boxes, mini systems, etc. But this tape deck, well, it is genuinely in a different league.
Even though most of the industry fobbed us consumers off with albums and singles on ferric, it still offered up a vast improvement on anything else I'd heard previously. Just for reference, I had it hooked up to a marantz pm66kand some tannoy mercury m1, with qed speaker cable and a Cambridge audio in/out loop on tape to amp. Recordings were done from cd with a marantz cd-63ki
So, anyways. Phuq ferric and les get onto the good stuff.
Using an absolute minimum of decent chrome tapes, this unit recorded CDs wonderfully, and without exaggeration, when used with metal tapes it was (if set up properly beforehand) so close to cd sound it was unbelievable. Of course, it was never as good as cd, but it made me realize tape needn't have been so godawful all those years as the industry was peddling the vastly inferior ferric on all their releases.
It dragged out the best that ferric could offer with ease, and with higher quality tapes you got a clear, vibrant and punchy sound every time (depending on the source material, of course)
The Dolby systems included are B C HX pro and the legendary S. Now I'm sure you all know that as well intentioned Dolby was, most of the time it sucked the life out of your music when switched on. Dolby S is a marked improvement on the previous versions, and personally I always use to record with it on and Playback without. i felt it made a big difference, but I may have just wanted to. You know how this with audio equipment lol
Now, there is probably not much of a requirement for tape players these days and I doubt many will even read this review, but if you have some high quality recordings on cassette and want to get the best out of them then this is a serious contender. It's only equal rival is the yamaha kx-593, and I'd recommend that one, too.
I still use it on occasion as I have a large collection of obscure tapes I like to throw on now and again and I'm still pleased with it and it had yet to ever chew up a tape.