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Brand: HMV





Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom

Release dates:1959 - 1962

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

# Motors:

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 220-240v

Frequency Response:50-10,000 cps ±3dB at 7½  ips. 40-12,000 cps ±5dB

Wow and Flutter:0.3%

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:±45dB

Sound quality rating:4 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10

Additional Details


The DSR1 has a rather confused pedigree.  Although it bore the HMV brand name, it was marketed by The Gramophone Company and built by The British Radio Corporation.  EMI owned HMV, and the British Radio Corporation was made up of HMV’s Radio & Television sales group, Marconiphone, Thorn and Ferguson, all of whom were marketing similar recorders under their individual names.
And if that wasn’t confusing enough, the DSR1 used a Verdik S1 deck.
Marketed as a budget-priced recorder (£50) with professional features, the DSR1 was a two-speed, half-track, 3 motor, 3 head recorder with separate record and playback amplifiers for off-tape monitoring, solenoid operated servo brakes and a pause control giving instantaneous stop-start .
Despite these features the recorder was not a huge success because performance was still only that of a domestic machine.

Additional Info

Input sensitivity: 3m / v. across 500 Kohms / Outputs: C.C.I.R. corrected to feed external amplifier. 100 mV. across 200 Kohms. External loudspeaker jack which, when in use, mutes internal loudspeaker. Output to match 3-5 ohms / Bias frequency: approx. 65 Kc / s / Speaker(s): internal / Tube complement: 6BR8, 12AX7, EL84, ECL82, EM84, two diodes, C3B, bridge rectifier / Dimensions: 15¼   x 14½  x 7½  in. (387 x 368 x 191 mm) / Weight: 33 lbs (15 kg) / half-track mono


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