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Tuesday
Sep062016

Retro Tech: Audio Timers

Audio timers were used in the 70s and 80s to automatically activate a tape recorder at a pre-determined time. Nowadays taping off the radio has fallen out of fashion but these timers can still be put to good use as a retro alarm clock or a way to automate electrical devices around the home. Watch the video below to see a new-old-stock late 1970s Pioneer JT-215A Digital audio timer in action.

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Reader Comments (5)

just a note - this is why "logic decks" had the timer rec-off-play sliders. (look at 8m38s) in your clip.
thanks for yet another great video.

September 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

Not trying to be an arse, but since 1994 I could record to my computer an audio stream at any given time. The hard part was dealing with the payload of data. I had server grade backup tape machines. Later CD-R. Could never justify a standalone timer device connected to a recorder.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermesh

Whilst I didn't own this model I did have a number of timers. Panasonic and Technics made rack mounted versions so you could use the timer record setting on your tape deck.
The flick mechanism was used extensively in clock radios of the time. I used to see the Sony versions.
I needed a timer to turn on a transformer connected to a loud bell in the morning to wake me up, and many other people in the flats where I lived.
The flick mechanisms had a habit of becoming noisy after a few years as the motors and mechanisms wore so I was glad when the electronic versions came out.
Now shall I climb in my loft to see what happened to the two I owned.
Thanks for the review Matt.

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Travis

Wonderful piece of kit! & very typical build quality of the period Techmoan. Thanks for the excellent video

September 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMBradnum

This must be the most beautiful audio timer I have yet seen. Lovely!

March 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Sekinger

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