Sony DTC-2000ES DAT recorder Specifications

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Description: Rotary-head, helical-scan digital audio tape recorder with built-in Super Bit Mapping to increase low-level resolution. Inputs: high-impedance unbalanced microphone, line, TosLink digital, coaxial digital. Outputs: fixed-level line, TosLink digital, coaxial digital. Controls: AC Power, Auto Start ID On/Off, Write Start ID, Renumber Start IDs, Erase Start ID, Clock Set, Counter Mode, Counter Reset, Counter Memory, SBM On/Off, Emphasis On/Off, Margin Reset, Source/Tape monitor, Record Level, Record Mode, Input Selector, drawer Open/Close, Stop, Play, Pause, Record, Headphone Level, Timer, Display Mode, Music Scan, Fader. Additional controls on infrared remote: Skip ID Write, Skip ID Erase, Skip Play, Date and Time display On/Off, CD controls (Play/Pause, AMS), CD Synchro. Display windows: backlit LCD matrices for volume bargraph and time count, show function status, input source, sampling frequency, headroom margin. Power consumption: 50W.
Dimensions: 17" W by 5.375" H by 15" D. Weight: 26 lbs.
Serial number of unit tested: 35883.
Price: $2500 (1994); no longer available (2013). Approximate number of dealers: 250.
Manufacturer: Sony Corp. of America, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. (1994). Sony Electronics Inc., 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127-1708 (2013). Tel: (858) 942-2400. Web:

jimtavegia's picture

I still use my DTC 690 to record WABE FM NPR  broadcasts for listening later, but not much else.  I also had a Portable 7, but once it quit for the 2nd time and the repair was over $300 I was done.  My 690 is still rolling long nicely to this day. And yes, tapes are still available. I also still use my Sony Minidisc 330 as well when quality is not a real issue. 

I must admit that my 3 Tascam SDHC recorders; 2 DR-2ds that do 2496 and my older DR-07 that is redbook are now my go to recorders for everything that I want to transfer to CD or DVD - or + R. 

Poor Audiophile's picture

Nice to hear from you again!


I purchased a pair of Sony 75ES decks and later a 87ES deck as well as a PCM 300. These are gone now as none quite satisfied. But, I still have and use a pair of Sony PCM--7010F DAT Recorders connected to a Sony RM-D7200 Dual Remote Controller. The remote controller allows for auto edits with 3 frame accuracy. I think my PCM-7010F's represent DAT recording performance as good as it ever got. I do not have any more modern technology which sounds better.