Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1964 - 1967
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 6
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 30Hz - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.1 % at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 6 / 10
The Concertone 800 series was a two-speed recorder offering a number of interesting features for
the serious audiophile of 1965 – six heads for bi-directional record and playback , three motors, solid-state construction and automatic reversal.
Performance wise, the 800 actually exceeded manufacturers published Specifications.
The six heads included two (one for each direction of tape travel) record,
playback and erase while the three motors enabled centre capstan drive and a Rewind speed of 40 seconds for 1200 feet of tape.
Other features were true sound-on-sound recording, proper tape monitoring facilities, large (oversize) chrome push-button controls to operate record, playback, fast forward, reverse and start/stop. These were perhaps too large and a little noisy in their operation, suggested one equipment reviewer.
This recorder gets a starring role in the 1964 Rock Hudson/Doris day movie “Send me no flowers”.
Rewind speed: 1,200 feet in 40 seconds / Audio output power: 5 watts (801 only) / Inputs: line & mic / Outputs: 1V line / Speaker(s): inbuilt (model 801 only) / Dimensions: 14½ 19 x 8″ (368 x 483 x 203 mm) / quarter-track stereo – Auto reverse