This is one of the more expensive DAT recorders and rightfully so. It is extremely well built, balanced connections all around with AES/EBU digital input and output. The interesting feature about the D-9601 is its ability to record on 96KHz (over CDs 44.1KHz) which is twice that of a regular CD. In doing so, it pushes the audio bandwidth to 40KHz which is twice that of the typical 20KHz that is usually spec for most audio components. Of course anything that enters that realm is highly subjective between individuals but the mere fact that the Pioneer has that ability can be advantageous to the more discerning user. The only setback is that recording time is halved when you are recording at the sampling rate of 96KHz. DAT as far as we are concern, was a technology that the market never fully exploited. There are many reasons for it (which we won’t go into) but if you do a lot of recording or just want to record some of your own musical creations and don’t want to deal with CDRs or don’t like the “hissing” quality of cassette tapes, than this DAT recorder is just right for you and at a price you would pay for a mediocre Nakamichi cassette deck.
Cosmetically, the DAT looks really good. Minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack it for safe shipping. Unit has a voltage selected switch at the back for 100V/120V & 230V so it can be used anywhere in the World!