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Brand: Byer

Model:100 series

Category:Super High Fidelity




Country of Manufacture:Australia

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15, 30

Max Reel Size("): 10.5+"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Half-Track

# Motors: 4

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 220-240v

Outputs: XLR Balanced

Frequency Response:(± 2dB): 40 - 14,000Hz at 7½ ips, 30 -18,000Hz at 15 ips

Wow and Flutter:better than 0.15% at 3¾ ips. 0.08% at 7½ ips. 0.06% at 15 ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:no less than 60dB when measured the 2% THD point

Sound quality rating:7 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Additional Details


Designed for use in the broadcasting, television and recording industries, the 100 series console was an extremely well-built machine with very high specifications with reels of up to 14″ being accommodated..

Normally supplied as a full-track, it was also available in other track configurations, half track mono or stereo.

The control system was electrically interlocked allowing rapid changes between various transport operations. Separate frequencies were supplied for record bias and erase and the replay amplifier, which was mounted on tiltable slides, was available in either 3 watt or 10 watt versions.

Remote control functionality was available as an optional extra as were microphone input modules.

Not much else is known about this rather impressive machine except that it was made in fairly low numbers, some estimates are that only a dozen or so were ever made for the Australian and New Zealand markets. When Byer was taken over by Rola, the 100 series continued in production with a Rola badge, but otherwise unchanged.

Additional Info

100 series console
Price when new (in Australia)
not known
Track system
full-track mono – half track mono and stereo versions available
three – erase, record and playback
three – direct capstan drive and two spool motors
Maximum reel size
Tape speeds
can be supplied with any two adjacent speeds from 3¾ to 30 ips
Wow & flutter
better than 0.15% at 3¾ ips; 0.08% at 7½ ips; 0.06% at 15 ips
Frequency response (± 2dB)
40 – 14,000Hz at 7½ ips, 30 -18,000Hz at 15 ips
Signal to noise ratio
no less than 60dB when measured the 2% THD point
Playback timing accuracy
± .1% (± 1.8 seconds over ½ hour period at 7½ ips
Rewind time
variable but less than 1½ minutes for 2400ft
Audio output power
3 watts or 10 watts (optional)
Record input
600 ohms balanced, +8dbm, optional mic channel
Line output
+8dbm 600 ohms (adjustable up to 18dbm)
high bias frequency, low erase frequency
less than 1% at zero level (plus 8 dBM)
Dimensions (approx)
41 x 29¼ x 28 inches (1041 x 743 x 711 mm)
250lb (114kg)


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