Country of Manufacture:Australia
Release dates:1955 - 1958
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Dual Track
Frequency Response:ST5 50 - 6000c
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The first Pyrox Magictape ST1 appeared in 1953 and little had changed by the time the ST5 & ST6 came along in late 1955.
Both were single speed (ST5 3¾ ips, ST6, 7½ ips) half-track mono recorders with 4.5 watts output and an internal 9″ x 6″ A.W.A. Jensen elliptical speaker.
A simple, single control was provided for forward, rewind and fast forward.
Time scales were printed on the base plate beneath both reels to indicate
One of Australia’s most popular portable tape recorders of the early
to mid 1950s, the Pyrox Magictape was used by many of the smaller radio
stations and also saw service in educational institutions.
Price when new (in 1956) was £135. 8s 4d
Aus. A host of optional accessories was available and these included input
mixing unit (£5/19/6). stethophone headset (£7/14/10). on/off
foot control unit (£5/19/2) and a connector for radio or pickup ((£1/7/1).
Power supply: 200-240 volts AC / Audio output power: 4.5 watt / Inputs: high impedance, provision for mike, radio pickup and mixer. / Speaker: internal 9″ x 6″ A.W.A. Jensen elliptical / Rewind time: 85 seconds for standard play 7″ tape / Dimensions: 9¾ x 12½ x 18 inches (248 x 318 x 457 mm) / Weight: 27lbs (12.3 kg) / Price when new: £135. 8s 4d Australian / half-track mono