Pioneer D1000 digital audio recorder on ebay in Germany - any good?!

The Pioneer

Apr 14, 2014
Hi everybody,
Hi there
There's a Pioneer D1000 digital audio recorder on ebay in Germany -
As far as I've heard it's a high grade recorder, but before breaking the bank I'd like to hear any experiences that you might have with the equipment.
A quick response would be much appreciated cause the auction is closing on Friday!

Thank you!
The Pioneer

P.S. The specs for your info
Recording head: Rotary head
Recording time: Standard: 120 minutes
Tape speed: Standard: 8.15 mm/s
Drum rotation: Standard: 2,000 rpm
Error correction: Double-Read Solomon code
Track pitch: 13.6 µm (20.4 µm)
Sampling frequency: 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 32 kHz
Modulation system: 8-10 Modulation
Transfer rate: 2.46 Mbit/sec
Number of channels: 2 channels, stereo
D/A conversion (Quantization): Standard: 16-bit linear
Frequency response: Standard: 2-22,000 Hz (±0.5 dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio: Standard: 95 dB
Dynamic range: Standard: 94 dB
Total harmonic distortion: Standard: less than 0.003% (1 kHz)
Wow and flutter: Below measurable limit (±0.001% W. PEAK)
Power Consumption: 27W
Dimensions: 457 x 108 x 390 mm (w/h/d)
Weight: 13.2kg


Nov 16, 2007

Hi P,

You should read the description again. The seller has just updated the listing admitting that there are more problems than just the faulty switch (why am I not surprised?). And it's not quite mint...

I bought a D-1000 with similar faults back in December and ended up spending around 500eur on the repair so you should be in the same ballpark, maybe a bit more, that is if you could find a repair shop that still deals with DATs...
Everyone thinks it shares everything with the 1000ES so you could easily find donor parts but it's just the mechanical base they share and not the loading part. And the transport is a 4 motor direct drive so there are no belts to spin the tape like the seller says.

Hope this helps,
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