Model:EL 3552 (Sold in the USA as Norelco Continental 95)
Country of Manufacture:Netherlands
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 80Hz - 12kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.2% (better than 0.6% peak to peak)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:45 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
A budget-priced domestic
half-track mono recorder with a single speed of 3¾ ips and a reel
maximum reel size of 5¾”.
The 3552 featured an automatic recording level and a single input which
could accept microphone, diode or gram and adjust the levels accordingly.
Hybrid electronics (valve and solid state) were utilised.
See vintage test report below for more details.
Rewind speed: 1200 ft in 3 minutes / Audio output power: 1.5 watts / Valve / semiconductor complement: ECC83, EL95, EF83, EM87, selenium rectifier and two low-noise transistors in the 1st stage / Inputs: microphone, diode & gram (single socket) / Outputs: 750mV at 20K for external amplifier / Speaker(s): internal 4″ (10cm) / Dimensions: 5 x 14¼ x 10″ (127 x 362 x 254 mm) / Weight: 12 lbs (5.45kg) / half-track mono