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Based on the popular SV-3700, the SV-3800 incorporates technological refinements for enhanced sound quality and functionality.

It features new 20-bit resolution DACs, together with the same type of 1-bit, 64 times oversampling A-D converter employed in the SV-3700.

The result is wider dynamic range, lower noise, and greater linearity. In audible terms this means natural

  • Front-panel shuttle wheel; 0.5-15X speed range;
  • IR remote control;
  • 4 stage, 1-bit Delta-Sigma A-to-D converters;
  • 20-bit equivalent D-to-A converters;
  • Program, absolute and time-remaining displays;
  • Pushbutton selection of 44.1kHz/48kHz sampling rates via either analog or digital inputs;
  • Pushbutton fade-in and fade-out functions;
  • Balanced inputs and outputs via XLR type; connector with choice of -10dBu or +4dBm output levels;
  • Up to 400X fast forward/rewind and search speeds to provide high-speed access to any point on a 2-hour DAT tape within 27 seconds;
  • Single program and skip play feature is handy for post production work;

The SV-3800 automatically clocks to incoming frequencies of 32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz.


Enhanced Sound Quality
For professional-quality sound, a 1-bit type A-D converter and high-resolution ladder type D-A converter is the optimum combination available with today's technology. The SV-3800 inherits this design concept and adds significant improvements.

20-bit Equivalent Resolution D-A Converter
For playback, the higher resolution of the 20-bit equivalent converter used in the SV-3800 offers several benefits. Thanks to its higher resolution, it exhibits improved linearity, while low noise characteristics extend to the high frequencies. The ladder-type DAC design is also resistant to clock jitter. Performance stability is also enhanced by using dual DACs for separate processing of left and right channel data.

64x Oversampling A-D Converter
For recording of analog inputs, the SV-3800 uses a Sigma-Delta type 1-bit converter to achieve high linearity. The high oversampling rate of this ADC produces less group delay in the high frequencies, thereby assuring outstanding phase characteristics.

Noise-Resistant Analog Circuits
High quality, high tolerance audio parts are used exclusively throughout the SV-3800. The circuit configuration has been redesigned with an improved grounding layout for more effective noise suppression. This helps minimize RF interference and hum noise from connected equipment.

Skip Search & PNO Search
For convenient cueing to desired portions of a tape, you can search by Start-ID or program number (PNO). The unit can also be set to skip unwanted portions of the tape by Skip-ID.

Single Program Play
This function is handy for post production, broadcast and live sound applications. It plays the program up to the next start ID, then stops until the play key is pressed again. If Skip Play Cancel is turned off, the unit can also be set to automatically skip unwanted portions of the tape.

Multiple Digital Interfaces
AES/EBU, IEC 958 (Coaxial, Optical) Industry standard digital I/O facilities are provided as standard equipment. In addition to AES/EBU professional format XLR terminals, the SV-3800 also has IEC 958 consumer format coaxial and optical input and output connectors.

Adjustable Analog Output Level
Analog output attenuation is easily adjustable to deal with a variety of applications and equipment. A front panel switch permits reference level setting to +4dBu for professional equipment or -10dBu for consumer equipment. From +4dBu, attenuation level is adjustable in 1 dB steps over a range of +4dBu to -6dBu. The
selected attenuation level is clearly indicated on the front panel display.

Selectable Setups on Front Panel
As listed below, all major functions can be set from the front panel. These settings are stored in non-volatile RAM.
* Digital I/O terminals
* Digital output format
* Analog output level
* Single program play on/off
* Blank skip on/oft for program play
* ID-6 status for SCMS

Other Pro-Quality Controls & Facilities
Front Panel Hour-Meter Display Cumulative cylinder rotation time is shown in 1-hour increments via the front panel display. Non-volatile RAM is used for reliable indication.

8-pin Parallel Remote Terminal
The 8-pin parallel remote terminal connects to a simple wired remote, for control of 8 basic functions. With a microprocessor-type wired remote these 8 functions plus 42 enhanced functions can be controlled.

* L/R independent recording level controls
* Selectable sampling rate (44.1kHz and 48kHz for analog input recording)
* Error rate display (head A, B, and A+B)
* Shuttle wheel with dual speed range
* 250 times normal speed search
* Digital fade in/fade out

Looking for advice on SV-3800 DAT to PC transfers

The Panasonic SV-3800 has coax digital out, optical Out, AES XLR out and balanced analog XLR left and right outputs. We currently are able to use the analog outputs and bring them into our Soundcraft Ui24R.