Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:
Release dates:1965 - 1968
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 70 - 11kc
Wow and Flutter:0.3%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:-42dB at 7½ ips, -36dB at at 3¾ & -30dB at 1ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Baird Varsity 101 was a low-cost, three speed quarter-track mono recorder constructed around the BSR TD10 deck. It featured a single motor and a 7″ reel capacity with hybrid electronics. the preamplifier was solid-state with the remainder of the circuitry using tubes.
Other features included separate bass and treble controls for playback, mixing of inputs using separate gain controls, superimposition, 3.5 watt output, outputs for external amplifier and speaker and magic eye level indicator.
Price when new £34.
Rewind speed: 2½ minutes for 850ft / Audio output power: 3.5 watts / Speaker: 8 x 5″ internal / Dimensions: 16 x 16½ x 8″ (406 x 419 x 203mm) / Weight: 24 lbs (10.9 kg) / quarter track mono