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Brand: Ampex

Model:F44 'Fine Line'

Category:Mid High Fidelity




Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1964 - 1967

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 15kHz

Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 7½ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:53

Sound quality rating:7 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Additional Details


The F-44 Fine Line was only available for about 2 years (64-65) and was the last consumer tubed Ampex.
The big improvement in the F-44 was going to a Hysteresis motor in place of the induction motors used in older models.
Also note dual meters instead of the single switchable meter found on both the 960 and 1200 series.
A four-track, tube powered portable professional stereo recorder with two speeds (7½ & 3¾ ips) and a frequency response of 50Hz to 15kHz +-2dB.

Additional Info

Dimensions: F4452: 13 x 15 x 7½”  (330 x 381 x 190 mm)

Weight: F4452: 28 lbs (12.7 kg)

F4460: 17½ x 15 x 9½” (444.5 x 381 x 241 mm) /

F4460: 36 lbs (16.4 kg) / quarter-track stereo

Audio output power: 1.5 watts per channel (F4470)


These are made to just about run forever, and sound pretty good the whole time. They are mechanically a bit noisy, but they play back and record tapes very very well.
Sound: 10
Performance: 8
3 years ago

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