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Technical Details

Brand: EMI

Model:L4 Portable



Electronics:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom

Release dates:1965 - 1968

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 2

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

Voltage(s): Multi

Frequency Response:( 2dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz to 12kHz

Wow and Flutter:less than 0.2% at 7½ ips, 0.3% at 3¾ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50dB unweighted

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Additional Details


In 1953, the EMI L2 was
one of the few portable reel to reel tape recorders in the world. Mechanically,
the L2 and the L4 are loosely related. Valves were used in the L2 until
1960 when the solid-state L2/TA appeared, identical to the earlier L2’s
but transistorised. The next variant was the RE321, again mechanically
identical to the L2, and finally the L4 (pictured at left).
Although of similar dimensions to the RE321, the L4 embodied a substantial
face-lift and many extra features, as well as a significantly better performance
Previously unavailable facilities such as tape erasure, fast rewind and
mixing were now standard as was an additional tape speed of 3¾ ips
(although this would have really only been for emergency use as equalisation
was set to 7½ ips).

Additional Info

Speed stability: better than 0.5% / Audio output power: 200mW / Inputs: microphones 0.05mV at 30 & 50 ohms., line – 270mV at 20k / Outputs: line – 0dBm (0.775V) 50 ohm headphones / Speaker(s): 3″ internal speaker / half-track mono


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