Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1958 - 1961
Speeds: 1 7/8, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 12kHz on tape, overall 50 - 10kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.4% at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
Made in Yorkshire, UK under license from the Swiss company Quellet-Stellavox, the battery-operated
Fi-Cord 1-A weighed only 4½ lbs (2 kg) and had the unusual tape speed combination of 7½ and 1 7/8
Powered by four small rechargeable batteries, the Fi-Cord had an inbuilt monitor speaker but could be played through an external amplifier via the ‘hi-fi’ output socket. Additional monitoring options were via an acoustic earphone or stethophone plugged into the main panel.
A dynamic microphone with start/stop motor switch was supplied with the option available to connect a high quality studio microphone to the 400/1000 ohm impedance input socket. Battery life (without recharging) gave a recording time of 1½ – 2 hours at 7½ ips or 3 – 3½ hours at 1 7/8 ips.
Transistor complement: 7 General Electric types GET 3 and GET 4 / Inputs: 400 / 1kohm studio-type microphone, 0.4mV to fully load tape / Outputs: hi-fi output and earphone / Speaker(s): internal monitor-type / Dimensions: 9½ x 5 x 2½” (244.5 x 127 x 69.5 mm) / Weight: 4½ lbs (2 kg) / half-track mono