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Bass and Treble - If you listen to different kinds of music, at times you may want to adjust the sound to your liking.

Consider the Bass and Treble control as a two""band equalizer.

Dolby Noise Reduction - If you have a badly recorded cassette, which is making a hissing sound when playing, pressing the Dolby button will lower or eliminate the hissing sound.

Loudness Control - This make the radio play better at low volumes. When the receiver is at a low volume, the bass response is increased. You will love it, trust me.

As a matter of fact, I never turn mine off

Forward/Reverse - I surely hope they do not make these types of radios anymore. Some radios only have one button; you push it half way and it fast forwards the tape, you push it all the way and it ejects the tape.

I said cheap, but not that cheap. You need a tape deck that can fast forward and rewind the tape.

Auto Reverse - It should be auto reversible, this way you won't have to remove the tape to get to the other side.

Preamp Output - If you plan to have an equalizer and/or amplifier added to the system, this will be very important. It only sends the signal out. If you don't have it, you can use the high level input of the amplifier.

you cannot install a passive equalizer without it unless you want to go out and buy a low level converter.

If that is the case, you are better off buying a receiver with it in the first place.

It also allows you to use all four speakers and an additional amplifier for Bass

That's one of the drawbacks of Factory Receivers,

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