Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1957 - 1960
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.4 % at 7½ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Aristocrat was a four-speaker, dual speed mono recorder with a 10-watt push-pull output and an illuminated VU meter. A ‘Finger-Flite’ single rotary control was provided for play, record, fast forward and fast rewind functions. The record/playback head had a quarter-mil gap and a removable pole piece.
An automatic shut-off switch stopped the motor at the end of the reel or in case of tape breakage.
The recorder had two high impedance inputs, one high and one low impedance output.
A stereo playback version, NL-3S was available – this featured stacked stereo heads and an extra output preamplifier to be connected to radio, TV or hi-fi system.
Price when new: NL-3 (mono) $189.95 NL-3S (stereo) $219.95
Rewind speed: 70 seconds for 1200 ft tape / Audio output power: 10 watts push-pull / Inputs: microphone and radio / Outputs: external speaker and external amplifier / Speaker(s): four – two 6″ woofers, one 6″ midrange and one tweeter (with double LC crossovers at 600 & 2000 Hz) / Dimensions: 17.2 x 17.75 x 11 inches (435 x 451 x 279.5mm) / Weight: 35 lbs (15.9 kg) / half-track mono, stereo playback version NL-3S)