Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1965 - 1968
Original Price: $349
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Dimension: 12 x 13¾ x 12½"
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:20 - 22kHz at 7½ ips (claimed)
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Weight: 25 lbs (11.4 kg)
The OKI 555 was a lightweight, solid-state, portable stereo quarter-track tape recorder, complete
with two detachable ‘OKIdizine’ two-way speaker enclosures which formed the lid to the recorder when not in use. The unit featured a rather unconventional set of transport function controls
in the form of four levers, two on each side of the head block assembly.
Features included two speeds (7½ & 3¾ ips), sound-on-sound, auto shut-off, tape counter, straight-through amplifier facility, two heads and one motor.
Made in Japan, OKI was distributed in the USA by the Newark, New Jersey company of Chancellor Electronics Inc.
Price when new, $349.95 (1966 HiFi/Stereo Review tape recorder Annual).
Speaker(s): two detachable 2-way speaker systems with crossover / Audio output power: 3 watts per channel / Dimensions: 12 x 13¾ x 12½” with speakers closed (303 x 349 x 318 mm)