Brand: Realistic (Radio Shack)
Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1983 - 1986
Original Price: $499.95
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 16.1 x 12.8 x 9.1 (410 x 326 x 231mm)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 30kHz 3¾ ips: 40Hz - 22kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.04% at 7½ and 0.06% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:65dB at 3% THD
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
Weight: 31 lbs (14 kg)
This was a rather unusual recorder in that it was actually a Teac X-300 with minor cosmetic changes.
By comparing the two recorders, it can be seen that the main changes are to the row of eight solenoid-control buttons (six for transport function , one for speed change and the other power on/off). The Realistic’s buttons are circular compared to the Teac’s rectangular buttons. The shape of the head cover is also slightly different , but otherwise the two are almost identical. Certainly ‘beneath the hood’ they are identical. Speeds were 7½ and 3¾ ips and maximum reel size was 7″. Three Hard Permalloy heads were fitted and the transport utilized three motors (FG servo DC for capstan and two eddy current for the outer reels).
Other features included light-touch transport controls, EE tape compatibility, timer record/play capability and mic/line mixing. Price when new was $499.95 (the Teac was a little more expensive, perhaps you were paying for the brand name…).
Crosstalk: 50dB at 1kHz / Rewind time: 140 seconds for 1,800 feet / Harmonic distortion: 0.8% at 1,000Hz / Bias frequency: 100kHz / Inputs: line: 60 mv, 50 kohms microphone: 0.25 mV / -72 db (200 ohms or more) / Outputs: line: 0.45 V for load impedance of 10 kohms headphones: 8 ohms