Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1962 - 1965
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 4
Dimension: 21 x 21 x 9"
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
# Motors: 3
Voltage(s): 100v Japan, 110-120v, 220-240v
Frequency Response:30Hz - 20kHz @ 7½ ips - 30Hz - 10kHz @ 33/4
Wow and Flutter:.15% at 7½ ips, .2% at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Promoted as a “Tape recorder and studio control room all in one”, the Simon SP5 boasted
“every facility one could wish for”. These included dual channel mixing, master fader, monitoring via loudspeaker during recording, pre-monitoring and level setting before recording, controlled
echo system, track bouncing, controlled recording bias, record level meter, recording on either track in same direction and full provision for stereo conversion (tape heads, controls and sockets pre-fitted and wired.
One review from the day describes the SP5 as being altogether a very good recorder that does everything that could be expected of it. What a pity that it is so large and heavy and so unattractive to look at, at least when the lid is open
Total harmonic distortion: less than 2% at 3dB below rated output / Rewind speed: 75 seconds for 1,200ft tape / Audio output power: 6 watts / Inputs: high impedance microphone and radio / Outputs: high impedance line outputs and two external speaker outputs / Speaker(s): 10″ x 6¼” speaker and a 4″ tweeter / Dimensions: 22½ x 20 x 9¼” (571.5 x 508 x 235 mm) / Weight: 45 lbs (20.5 kg) / half-track mono (stereo with additional amplifier & speaker system)