Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1960 - 1963
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 50Hz - 14kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.3 %
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The 1602 (above left) was in fact a Philips EL3541 in disguise (below left) – rebadged by Cossor Radio and Television Ltd of Endell Street, London. This was a four-track mono recorder with a single speed of 3¾ ips and a seven-inch reel capacity. Features included mixing facilities on inputs, superimposition, straight through the amplifier, stereo replay with external amplifier/speaker, pushbutton transport controls, and an EM84 magic eye built into the stop button.
The audio output was 2½ watts and the 4″ internal speaker could be switched off in order to connect an external one. Five tubes were used in the circuitry: EF86 (microphone preamplifier), ECC83 (voltage amplifier), ECL82 (output stage/oscillator), EZ80 (rectifier), and EM84 (record level indicator). The frequency response was quoted as being 50 – 14kHz and wow and flutter less than 0.3%. Price when new(in the UK) was £38 17s.
Hum & noise: -40dB / Valve complement: EF 86, ECC 83, ECL 82, EM 84 and EZ 80 / Rewind speed: 1800ft in 3 minutes / Audio output power: 2.5 watts / Inputs: microphone – 3mV / 100K. diode – 3 mV / 1Mohm. phono – 150mv / 1Mohm / Outputs: diode – 1Mohm / 1V. headphones – (1kohm / 100mV. speaker – 3 to 7ohm / 2.5w. stereo output – 1 Mohm / 5 mV / Speaker(s): internal 4″ (10cm) / Dimensions: 15¼ x 12½ x 6¾ (387 x 318 x 172 mm) / Weight: 19 lbs (8.6kg) / quarter-track mono (stereo playback possible with external amp