Member Summary

Sound Rating: 5 / 10 # Owners: 1
Relaibility Rating: 5 / 10 Views: 175

Member Actions

Improve This Post

Improve Post

Technical Details

Brand: Lafayette


Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)


Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1964 - 1967

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB+1/2PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

# Motors:

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Frequency Response:(all ±3 dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 18kHz

Wow and Flutter:less than 0.25% at 7½ ips and 0.4% at 3¾ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:45dB

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10

Additional Details


The RK-140 was a medium-priced quarter-track stereo tape deck of hybrid design (four tubes and four transistors plus a full-wave rectifier).
Features included automatic cut-off at end of tape or when tape breaks. separate record/playback heads. Mu-metal shielding to eliminate hum. sound-on-sound. twin level meters. individual volume controls for each channel plus a master volume control. quiet, 4-pole air-cooled induction motor. belt drive with flutter-filtering and twin record buttons with safety interlocks.
The RK-140 was available in an attractive carrying case (illustrated) or walnut case for in-home installation.
Also available as a fully-equipped recorder with amplifiers & speakers (RK-155).

Additional Info

Stereo separation: 45dB or better / Bias & erase frequency: 80kHz / Fast wind time: less than 4 minutes for 7″ reel (1200ft) / Inputs: microphone, phono / Output: line, microphone / Audio output: 0..8 volts per channel / Transistor / tube complement: four tubes and four transistors plus a full-wave rectifier / Dimensions: 15 x 6.2 x10.5 inches (381 x 156 x 267mm) / Weight: 20 lbs less case(9.1 kg) / quarter-track stereo


No reviews yet.

Service Report

No Service Report yet.

Leave A Review:

Report Inaccuracies on Lafayette RK-140 Page

You need to be logged in for this feature to work.