Technics XA - 1979 - EU

Technics Cassettes - Technics XA - 1979 - EU

Technics cassettes are very rare. We hate using that word, but in this case it's the truth.

These are, on the surface, a 1979 TDK SA. They share the same shell, but the hubs are different in so far as they're yellow.

Performance wise, this is as good as its contemporary SA. The price is simply because sealed nearly 40 year old Technics cassettes are not something you see often and will probably not see again.

If you have Technics decks, nothing will look cooler inside.

PLEASE NOTE: The wrappers on these are very fragile and will have some cosmetic damage, even though they are still new and sealed.

About Technics:

Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965. The name came to wider prominence with the international sales of direct-drive turntables. The first direct-drive turntable was invented by Shuichi Obata, an engineer at Matsushita (now Panasonic),[2] based in OsakaJapan.[3] It eliminated belts, and instead employed a motor to directly drive a platter on which a vinyl record rests.[4] It is a significant advancement over older belt-drive turntables, which are unsuitable for turntablism, since they have a slow start-up time, and are prone to wear-and-tear and breakage,[3] as the belt would break from backspinning or scratching.[5] In 1969, Matsushita launched Obata's invention as the SP-10,[4] the first direct-drive turntable on the professional market.[6]


Despite being originally created to market their high-end equipment, by the early 1980s Technics was offering an entire range of equipment from entry-level to high-end.

In 1972, Technics introduced the first autoreverse system in a cassette deck in its Technics RS-277US and in 1973 it introduced the first three-head recording technique in a cassette deck (Technics RS-279US).

In 1976, Technics introduced two belt-driven turntables for the mass market, the SL-20 and SL-23. The principal difference between the two models was the addition, in the SL-23, of semi-automatic operation and an adjustable speed control with built-in strobe light. They offered technical specifications and features rivalling much more expensive turntables, including well-engineered s-shaped tonearms with tracking weight and anti-skate adjustments. At the time they were introduced the SL-20 and SL-23, which sold for $100.00 and $140.00, respectively, set a new performance standard for inexpensive turntables.[9]

Technics Cassettes - Technics XA - 1979 - EU