Country of Manufacture:Netherlands
Release dates:1966 - 1969
Original Price: $£65
Max Reel Size("): 7
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: quarter-track mono
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 15
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.6% peak to peak at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 47 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
Top of the Philips teak-veneered
‘Furniture Look’ range of 1966, the EL3556 was a quarter-track mono (stereo
playback was possible with external amp & speaker), four speed recorder
with a 7″ reel capacity.
Controls included push-button switches for record (with safety interlock),
playback, fast wind and re-wind, pause and stop plus separate controls
for on/off, volume, bass, treble, microphone and radio/gram recording
level. Provision was made for the use of a footswitch.
Other features included hybrid electronics, mixing, monitoring, magic
eye recording meter, four digit tape counter, 7 x 5″ speaker and
a 4-watt output.
Rewind speed: 1800 ft in 3 minutes / Audio output power: 4 watts / Inputs: microphone: 0.25mV / 2Kohms diode: 2.0mV / 20Kohms gramophone: 100mV / 0.5Mohms / Outputs: diode: 1.0V / 50Kohms750mV at 20K for external amplifier extension speaker: 4 watts / 3 – 7 ohms headphones: 0 – 1.5V / 5Kohms stereo output: for use with EL3787 / 00A amplifier / Valve / semiconductor complement: ECC83, EL95, EM87 magic eye AC125, 2 x AC126, 3 x AC172, 1 x OA72 diode / Speaker: internal 7 x 5″ (17.8 x 12.7 mm) / Dimensions: 6½ x 13¼ x 17½” (165 x 337 x 445 mm) / Weight: 22 lbs (10kg) / quarter-track mono (stereo playback with external amp & speaker)