Grundig Fine Arts DAT 9009. Classic Vintage. Fully revitalized.
Grundig was established in 1945. After the World War II, the Allies watchfully controlled the production of radio receivers in Germany. Max Grundig saw a niche and created a “Heinzelmann” i.e. a Grundig radio without tubes, which officially was not categorized as a radio and thus was not controlled. The product was so successful that the company was able to quickly build its own factory. In the early 50s, Grundig created its own model of a tape recorder and a TV set specially for the premiere of the first German TV channel. Already at that time, the company was the largest manufacturer of radio receivers in Europe.
In 1957, Grundig acquired a majority stake in typewriter manufacturers: Triumph and Adler, which enabled the creation of the biggest tape recorder factory in the world. The company introduced modular systems with separate components (radio, stereo amplifiers, vinyl record players, tape recorders, separate speakers, and even 3D audio devices) making it possible for customers to create their own hi-fi sets, according to their individual needs and interiors. In 1967 Grundig launched a compact cassette recorder, soon followed by a car cassette recorder. In 1969, it produced Europe’s first hi-fi amplifier with a built-in equalizer, which became a bestseller. Twenty years later, at the age of 81, the founder Dr. Max G. Grundig died, and in 1993, Philips, which had been buying Grundig’s stock since the 70s, took complete control of it.
At the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, Grundig quickly recognized the enormous potential of mp3 technology and began to develop it, thus becoming one of the market leaders. Since 2007, Grundig Intermedia GmbH has been part of Arçelik A.Ş. and a producer of a variety of electronic devices, ranging from MP3 players, through TV sets to household appliances.
DAT-9009 is a tape recorder enabling switching from standard to long play mode, which translates into extending the playback time of a tape from two to four hours. This model is equipped with semi-professional symmetrical microphone inputs which allow every music enthusiast to make their own high-quality recordings. The inputs have been optimized for connecting Senheiser MKH 406 condenser microphones. Also, DAT-9009 has a triple recording volume control. You can use the main controller as well as adjust the volume level separately on each of the two channels. Another functionality is the recording of sub-codes-ID in order to easily find the elements of the recording again. DAT-9009, apart from interesting technical solutions, is also distinguished by elegant and specific design.
The enclosure has been fully revitalized. The top cover has been cleaned and painted using the automotive wet painting technique. Black varnish was used and secured with colourless satin one. Brand new side boards made from rosewood give the recorder an elegant appearance. Two new Maxell HS-4/90s tapes and a Basf DAT Master 64 tape included.
– 2-channel stereo
– belt speed – 8.15 mm/s, long play – 4075 mm/s
– resolution – 16-bit linear, 12-bit non-linear
– error correction system – 2-times coded Reed-Solomon code
– D/A converter – 2-times oversampling with 16-bit converter
Recording and playback frequency range:
– playback – 5 Hz – 22 kHz (sampling frequency 48 kHz)
– recording – 5 Hz – 20 kHz (sampling frequency 44.1 kHz)
– long play – 5 Hz – 14 kHz (sampling frequency 32 kHz)
– playback – 0.003%
– recording – 0.005%
– long play – 0.05%
– playback – 90dB
– recording – 95dB
– long play – 88dB
– playback – 80dB
– recording – 83dB
– long play – 78dB
– dimensions – 12 cm (height), 48 cm (width), 35 cm (depth)
– weight – 8 kg
– German production from 1987/90