The DCC130 was Philips first-generation portable Digital Compact Cassette (DCC). It was a play-only unit which supported 16-bit resolution.
The Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) format was designed to allow users to record and play digital DCC tapes, as well as remain compatible with analog cassettes. The advantage of the DCC format was that the sound quality of the digital tapes far
surpassed that of analog cassettes, and the DCC format itself was capable of sounding equal to or better than an audio CD. Some reviews claimed that DCC was surpassed only by Digital Audiotape (DAT).
To accurately reproduce audio at a quality level that can be compared to DAT, the DCC format uses Precision Adaptive Sub-band Coding (PASC) to encode the incoming audio signal. This process involves coding the audio as nine seperate bands of information on the tape; 8 data tracks plus one control track. The DCC format is built to accomodate dropouts that can occur on the tape and includes a reliable error-correction algorithm to ensure reliability.
The DCC130 was the first portable DCC unit produced. It was released after Philips had introduced the first-generation DCC component decks. The DCC130 was a play-only DCC portable, and was an attempt by Philips to satisfy the public's desire for a portable DCC unit. It even included such advanced features as an SP/DIF optical output, a remote control on the headphone cord, and a rechargeable battery. However, even at its introduction the DCC130 showed obvious signs of being "rushed" to market.
The Philips DCC130 package included the following:
- The DCC130 unit itself
- Headphones with built-in remote control
- A battery charging stand
- A Philips DCC130 battery pack
- A cable to connect the charger stand to the DCC130
- A mains cable, to connect the charger stand to an AC outlet
- A DCC sampler tape
- The owner's manual
- A carrying case
The DCC130's LCD display can display the tape name, track name, or artist name while playing a prerecorded DCC cassette. It also incorporates a 3-step bass boost circuit, and Dolby B noise reduction for analog tapes.
Specifications Philips DCC130
Digital Signal Format
Tape recording system: Digital Compact Cassette
Sampling Frequencies: 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 32 kHz (auto select)
Number quantizing bits: 16 bits linear
Coding format Precision Adaptive Sub-band Coding (PASC)
Audio Performance (Digital)
Frequency response: 5 Hz - 22 kHz
S/N ratio: >92 dB
Dynamic range: >108 dB
Channel separation: >90 dB
Audio Performance (analog)
44.1 kHz: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB
48 kHz: 20 Hz - 22 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB
44.1 kHz: 20 Hz - 14.5 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB
S/N Ratio: >90 dB
Dynamic range: >90 dB
Wow and flutter Quartz crystal precision
Track format 4 track 2 chennel stereo
Frequency range 20 Hz - 18 kHz
S/N ratio (Cr02) 20 Hz - 18 kHz, >50 dB
Features Philips DCC130
The DCC130 has a digital SP/DIF output. Most consumer portable digital equipment produced since the early 1990's conforms to the SP/DIF standard, and the DCC130 is no exception. The output plug provided is a full-sized optical Toslink connector. The fact that the plug is a full-sized Toslink is significant, since even the latest Minidisc and DAT portables lack this important feature. This digital output allows easy connection to other digital audio equipment without the need for any kind of adapter. By comparison, Sony's first Minidisc recorder, the MZ-1 (also released in 1992), had an SP/DIF optical output which used an optical miniplug, which required a special adapter or a special type of cable before it could be used with other digital equipment. This made Philips the first to provide such a feature on a portable.
Plays regular analog and digital DCC tapes
This was the main selling point used by Philips to sell the DCC in 1992. With the DCC format, the user was able to slowly upgrade to a new digital format, without the necessity of leaving an older format behind altogether. Both analog tapes and digital tapes could be played back on the DCC130, and any other DCC equipment. When analog tapes are played back in the DCC130, a frequency range of 20 Hz - 18 kHz can be heard, with a dynamic range exceeding 90dB.
Although the ability to play analog tapes back in the DCC130 is a nice feature, in hindsight the public didn't really care too much if DCC equipment was "backwards compatible". Anyone who could afford the DCC130's hefty price tag was generally not concerned about playing back analog cassettes anyway. Therefore, this "advantage" went virtually unnoticed by most consumers.
The DCC130 is built like a tank. The exterior feels like it is made of cast iron. It is heavy as a brick, and will very likely last forever. I have never seen a DCC130 fail. This reliability is also seen in many of Philips other first-generation DCC equipment, such as the DCC900. However, like the analog-tape compatibility feature, the general public couldn't care less if the portable they are buying will last 100 years.
Backlit display on main unit
The DCC130 has a very nice LCD display, which has a green backlight when plugged into an AC power source. The display makes it very easy to see the LCD screen. This backlight is invaluable when it comes to editing between the DCC130 and another DCC deck. The DCC130 can be used to play digital tapes and edit them on a recording deck.