Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1960 - 1963
Speeds: 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 60 - 10 Kc
Wow and Flutter:better than 0.2% R.M.S.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:-44dB (at 1kHz) unweighted
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The RE 321 was a sort of missing link between the 1953 L2 and the 1964 L4. A transistorized version of the L2 (L2/TA) appeared briefly in 1960 just prior to the launch of the RE 321. Both versions of the L2 and the RE321 were identical mechanically. No erase head was supplied so bulk-erased or new tape had to be used. See the accompanying vintage test report (below) for more details on this recorder.
Rewind speed: manual cranking / Inputs: high impedance microphone (7,000 ohms) / Outputs: headphones / line 600 ohms / Dimensions: 14¼ x 6¾ x 8 ” (368 x 171 x 203mm) / Batteries: 8 x 1.5 V cells / Weight: 16½ lbs (7.5 kg) including batteries / full-track mono