Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1970 - 1974
Original Price: $330
Speeds: 1 7/8, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:20Hz - 27kHz at 7½ ips (claimed but unqualified)
Wow and Flutter:0.09% at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Concord MkIII deck boasted a hysteresis-synchronous motor for ‘Perfect Pitch’.
Other features included three ferrite heads, flutter filter, tape tension arm, automatic shut-off, automatic tape lifters, source/monitoring, sound-on-sound, echo, dynamic range expander and flip up head cover for easy access.
The accompanying test report gives a thorough description and critique of the equipment.
Price when new was $249.79
A dual-capstan drive auto-reverse version called the MkIV was also available for $299.79. It had all of the features of the MkIII.
Crosstalk: 49dB (at 400Hz) / IM distortion: 3% / Fast wind speed (1200ft tape): rewind 2 min 34 sec. fast forward 1 min 56 sec / Inputs: microphone and auxiliary / Outputs: line, stereo headphones / Dimensions: 15 ” x 19 ” x 7 ” (381 x 483 x 178mm) / Weight: 33 lb (15kg) / quarter-track stereo