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Brand: Loewe-Opta

Model:Optacord 408

Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Germany

Release dates:1965 - 1968

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 2

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:42dB for a dynamic range of 46dB

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Additional Details


West German battery/mains single speed (3¾ ips) half-track mono
recorder priced at £41 in 1965.
The 408 had a very efficient motor control circuit,
according to a service report changes in voltage between 4½ and
7½ volts had very little effect on tape speed.
This model did however prove to be difficult
to service. In the words of famous British technical writer H.W. Hellyer:

…” (Loewe have) compressed quite a lot
of mechanical gubbins in a confined space. In addition, the electrical
system is a mass of interconnected wiring, with relevant bits appearing
in the most unexpected places. Patience is the keyword when tackling the

Additional Info

Bias frequency: 55kHz / Power source: mains or 4 x 1.5V batteries / Battery life: 20 hours / Dimensions: 9½ x 7½ x 3½ ” (242 x 190.5 x 84.7 mm) / Weight: 6½ lbs (2.95 kg) / half-track mono


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