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Brand: Ampex






Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1956 - 1959

Original Price: $600

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 15.000Hz

Wow and Flutter:less than  0.17%

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:55dB

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 6/ 10

Additional Details


Produced through to the early sixties, the 601 was announced by Ampex as “at last, true Ampex
performance in a 26lb miniaturised professional package”.
Available in single and later double channel (the 601-2, pictured ), it utilized three heads and a single motor.
Price in 1960 was about $US600.00 for the single channel model and $995.00 for the half-track. To get an idea of just how much that was, you could buy the top of the range Sony CS-300 stereo recorder for $390.00,
a Tandberg model 6 for $490.00 or a Knight KN4310 for $240.00 And while you were at it, why not add a couple of   620P’s  – a matching portable  amplifier and speaker unit with a 10 watt output and a  65 – 10kHz acoustic response – a mere $190.00 each!

Additional Info

Total harmonic distortion: / Bias frequency: / Valve complement: 3 x 12AU7, 1 x 12AY7, 2 x 5879, 1 x 6F5 & 1 x 5Y3 / Rewind speed: / Audio output power: / Inputs: High impedance microphone input and line input / Outputs: 600 ohm balanced or unbalanced line / Speaker(s): / Dimensions: (single channel) 8 x 14 x 16½” (203 x 355.5 x 419 mm) / Weight: (single channel) 26 lbs (11.8 kg) / half or full track mono or stereo


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