Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Netherlands
Release dates:1969 - 1972
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Dimension: 19 x 13½ x 7½ inches (483 x 340 x 190 mm)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 16kHz 3¾ ips: 40Hz - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 7½ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 45 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Weight: 24.25 lbs (11 kg)
The N4404 was an all-transistor 4-track stereo recorder with two speeds (7½ and 3¾ ips), a
single motor and two heads and was the economy version of the N4407.
The recorder was designed to be used in either vertical or horizontal position and could accommodate 7″ reels.
Other features included single illuminated VU meter, tone control (playback only), 2½ watts per channel output with straight-through amplifier facility, twin 6 x 4″ speakers, input mixing and parallel track replay.
At around £80 (with a mono moving-coil cardioid microphone), this was the least expensive stereo Philips tape recorder available in the (UK) during the late 60’s/early 70’s range and was available up until about 1972.
Rewind speed: less than 200 seconds (1800 ft tape) / Audio output power: 2 x 4 watts / Inputs: microphone: 2 x 0.2mV / 2 Kohms radio / diode: 2 x 2mV / 20 Kohms pick-up: 2 x 150 mV / 1 Mohms / Outputs: radio / diode: 2 x 1V / 20 Kohms extension speaker: 2 x 4 watts / 8 ohms headphones: 2 x 1.5V / 1.5 Kohms / Speaker(s): two 6 x 4 ” elliptical (built-in)