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PCM-2800 Professional DAT Recorder

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Sony PCM-2800 DAT Recorder

Sony PCM-2800 Professional DAT Recorder


PCM-2800 was introduced in 1995.

PCM-2800 is a 4 head professional DAT recorder and provides the SBM feature.

Uses a 4DD (Direct Drive) motor mechanism.

Identical to the
PCM-2600 except for a 4 head drum that provides off-tape confidence monitoring.


(1) Digital Audio Recorder Compatible With DAT Format Standard
Audio signals are converted into 16-bit quantized digital data for recording and playback realizing pure reproduction with virtually no degradation in sound quality. Moreover, the basic tape format is compatible with consumer-use DAT equipment.

(2) Professional-use Digital I/O
Digital I/O terminals conform to the professional AES/EBU format standard (balanced type, XLR) and COAXIAL IEC-958 format (unbalanced type, phono jack). The COAXIAL IN and OUT terminals accept professional format (IEC 958-TYPE I*).
The digital input terminals also accept consumer format (IEC 958-TYPE II*) signals for digital recording from consumer-use equipment. Therefore, the digital recording from the consumer-use DAT deck to this unit can be available by connecting to the COAXIAL IN and OUT terminals.
However, the digital recording from this unit to the consumer-use DAT deck can not be available.

(3) Super Bit Mapping (SBM)
The basic theory is that when you record through it's 24-bit analog converters using SBM, the processor filters the 24-bit audio to yield a final product that sounds better than normal 16-bit quality. SBM does that by weaving out the least significant 8-bit information into 16-bit filtered data.

(4) Wide-range Analog I/O Level Adjustment
Rear panel signal level adjustment function for the balanced type (XLR) analog I/O jacks covers a wide adjustment range from professional-use to consumer-use levels.

(5) 4-Head, 4-DD Mechanism
PCM-2800 employs a four-head system enabling monitoring of the playback signal during recording (RAW function). Moreover, all four tape transport motors offer direct-drive operation for improved tape transport stability.

(6) Compatible With Various Sampling Frequencies (Fs)
Allows recording and playback in both standard play (SP) mode and long play (LP) mode compatible with consumer-use equipment. Analog recording is possible at sampling frequencies of 48 kHz (SP), 44.1 kHz (SP) and 32 kHz (LP), and digital recording is possible at sampling frequencies of 48 kHz (SP), 44.1 kHz (SP) and 32 kHz (SP/LP). Playback is possible at all frequencies and modes.

(7) Remote Control Operation
Wireless remote control is possible using the remote commander (RM-D868), and wired remote control is possible using a switch box connected to the 8 pin DIN connector on the rear panel.

(8) Various Sub codes and Search Functions
In addition to the Start ID, Skip ID and End ID, other sub codes such as the absolute time and program number can be recorded in and read from the tape's subcode area to provide a wide variety of convenient DAT search functions.

(9) Built-in Date Function
A dedicated built-in clock is used to automatically record the date (year/month/day), day of the week, and time (hour/minute/second) in the tape's subcode area, allowing confirmation of the date and time of recording during playback.

(10) Multi Display Provides Quick Access to Many Types of Information
In addition to displaying the program number and various types of time/counter data, this display is provided with features including a segment peak level meter.

(11) Rack Mounting Compatibility
Use of the supplied adapter allows mounting in a standard 19" rack.

"TYPE I" and "TYPE II" stand for the followings:
INTERNATIONAL STANDARD IEC958 (Digital audio interface)
TYPE I: Channel status application for "Broadcasting studio use"
TYPE II: Channel status application for "Consumer use"




Transport Mechanism

Tape Transport Mechanism Type


Model Using Similar Transport


Sony PCM-2800 User Manual (PCM-2800.PDF)

Sony PCM-2800 User Manual

Number of Pages 33 User Manual: PCM-2800.PDF
File Size 1.4 MB
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Sony PCM-2800 Service Manual (PCM-2800SM.PDF)

Sony PCM-2800 Service Manual

Number of Pages 70 Service Manual: PCM-2800.PDF
File Size 16.5 MB
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