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The 202MKVII is an easy-to-handle, good sounding dual-well cassette deck for professional use in karaoke bars and sports centres, yet also for town halls, civic and community centres, schools or libraries. It can also serve as a reliable audio storage or backup solution for authorities like police departments or civil defence thanks to the proven long-term stability of tape and the additional option of USB output for digital backups on a computer. USB output on the Tascam 202MKVII dual-well cassette deckThe unit offers excellent sonic performance due to a wide frequency range.

Both decks in the 202MKVII can record, so you can actually make two masters of the same source at the same time. RTZ function and a repeat playback feature are provided, and you can increase or lower the pitch and tempo while playing back for Karaoke or sports applications. A microphone input on the front panel makes spontaneous recording (solo or mixed with a line level source or a cassette) convenient. There is also a pre-listening function that helps you preparing the next song on one deck while the other deck is playing. And of course, you can use the two decks for cassette dubbing at normal speed.

If you still value audio cassettes as a reliable and inexpensive recording medium, the Tascam 202MKVII is a modern, practice-oriented solution at a truly affordable price.


Play back one cassette while preparing the next song on a second cassette

When using the 202MKVII with two cassettes and its “Special” playback mode, you can listen to a tape with headphones while the other tape is playing back via the line outputs. This allows you, for example, to cue to the next track without interrupting the current playback. In “Normal” playback mode, both decks’ playback signals are output from the line outputs and the headphones output in parallel as usual.

Moreover, both decks have a “Return to zero” button which allows you to quickly locate to the counters’ zero positions. Not only can you mark the beginning of a cassette – you can also mark the beginning of a song or any other important point on the cassette, for example.

Prelistening: Listen to a tape with headphones while the other tape is playing back via the line outputs on the Tascam 202MKVII dual cassette deck.

Switchable noise reduction on the Tascam 202MKVII dual tape deck.The 202MKVII offers a switchable noise reduction that can be used to reduce hiss during cassette playback. It is most effective when used with cassettes recorded with Dolby B noise reduction.

Note: The noise reduction function on the 202MKVII can only be used for playback.

Microphone input with level control on the front panel of the Tascam 202MKVII dual cassette deck.A microphone input with level control on the front panel allows you to quickly connect a dynamic microphone for announcements or Karaoke. Since a mixing function is included with the unit, it is also possible to mix the microphone signal with cassette playback or an input signal and record it to one of both decks. You can even change the playback pitch and tempo of Deck 1 by ±12 % which is useful when using the cassette deck for Karaoke or in a sports centre, for example.

Parallel recording and dubbing can be performed with the Tascam 202MKVII dual cassette deck.Audio from an externally connected device can be recorded simultaneously to two cassettes in Deck 1 and Deck 2. This allows you to create a master tape and distribution or backup copy simultaneously during a recording session. And if you need a copy of an already existing cassette, the dubbing function is right at your fingertips.

The Tascam 202MKVII dual cassette deck has a USB port to create digital archives on a computer.Unlike most other cassette decks, the modern 202MKVII is equipped with a USB output that allows you to create digital archives of tape material using recording software on a Windows or Mac computer. Audio can be captured at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 48 kHz and 8/16-bit resolution.

Features at a glance

  • Two cassette decks in one unit
  • Both decks can record and play back
  • Parallel recording on both decks
  • One-way IC logic transport control with excellent stability and durability
  • Supports Normal, Chrome and Metal tapes
    (Type I, Type II, Type IV)
  • Normal-speed dubbing capability
  • Noise reduction function (playback only)
  • Pitch control (±12 %, Deck 1 only)
  • RTZ function (Return To Zero)
  • Repeat playback (A–B section, stops after 20 repetitions)
  • Microphone input with seperate level control for Karaoke and announcements
  • Mix recordings can be created with a microphone and a line-level source or cassette playback
  • Unbalanced RCA analogue audio inputs and outputs
  • Digital USB output for backups and archiving on a computer (audio recording software is required in order to record sound on a computer)
  • Power-on playback/recording (Timer function – requires an external timer switch)
  • Headphones output with level control
  • Dedicated wireless remote control included
  • 19-inch, rack-mountable chassis (3U)

Supported Operating Systems


  • Windows 11 (version 23H2)
  • Windows 11 (version 22H2)
  • Windows 11 (version 22H1)
  • Windows 10 (version 22H2)
  • Windows 10 (November 2021, version 21H2)
  • Windows 10 (May 2021, version 21H1)
  • Windows 10 (October 2020, version 20H2)
  • Windows 10 (May 2020, version 2004)


  • macOS Sonoma (14.0)
  • macOS Ventura (13.0)
  • macOS Monterey (12.0)
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0)


Cassette drives
Track system 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Heads construction (each deck) Record/playback head × 1
Erase head × 1
Tape speed 4.8 cm/s
Pitch control ±12 %
Fast winding time approximately 120 s (C-60 tape)
Motor (capstan) DC servo motor
Wow and flutter 0.25 % (WRMS)
Audio performance
Frequency response (overall)
  Chrome tape (Type II) 30 Hz to 15 kHz, ±4 dB
  Normal tape (Type I) 30 Hz to 13 kHz, ±4 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (overall) 59 dB (max. input level, A-weighted)
Audio inputs and outputs
Line input (unbalanced) RCA pin jacks
  Reference input voltage 0.28 V
  Impedance ≥30 kΩ
Microphone input 6.3-mm mono phone jack
  Reference input voltage 0.38 mV
  Impedance ≥3 kΩ
Line outputs (unbalanced) RCA pin jacks
  Reference output voltage 0.46 V
  Load impedance ≥50 kΩ
Headphones output 6.3-mm stereo phone jack
  Output power 15 mW (at 32 Ω)
Digital output
USB 2.0 (full speed) output USB type B connector
  Supported sampling frequencies 8 kHz, 11.025 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
  Bit depth 8/16 bits
Power supply and other specifications
Power requirements USA/Canada: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Europe: AC 230 V, 50 Hz
Power consumption 14 W
Overall dimensions (W × H × D) 482 mm × 139 mm × 286 mm
Weight 5.4 kg
Permissible operating temperature 5–35 °C
Included accessories Wireless remote control (RC-1331), 2 AAA batteries, rack-mounting screw kit, owner’s manual (with warranty information)

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

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