Excerpt: This is a fantastic piece of Hi-Fi. The tapes remain remarkably close to the original. I have been equally impressed with my Yamaha CD (493) deck. The beauty of this tape deck is there is nothing added or taken away from the sound. It is just as the producer intended it.If you want to do some home recordings on tape, this deck will benifit you the most. As old recordings are limited by the machine that produced them.