Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1967 - 1970
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 18kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.12% at 7½ ips, 0.15% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 48dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Sony’s 1967 top of the range quarter-track mono tape recorder, the TC-105, featured three speeds (7½,
3¾ & 15 ips) and a maximum reel size of 7″.
The TC-105 recorder boasted several automatic functions:
‘Sony-O-matic’ automatic record level control (with a defeat switch for manual recording), an automatic tape lifter and something called a ‘Retractamatic’ pinch roller as well as having instant threading and simplified controls.
Sony’s sales pitch in a 1968 catalogue claimed it ideal for “..students, teachers. businessmen, housewives and hobbyists..”
The TC-105 had the same features and specifications as the half-track mono 104A although it was an older styling, similar in appearance to the 1964 TC-200.
Audio output power: 10 watts peak / Fast rewind: 2 minutes for 1200ft tape / Outputs: / Speaker(s): single internal / Dimensions: 16″ x 6½” x 10¾” (406.5 x 165 x 273 mm) / Weight: 16.75 lbs (7.5 kg) / quarter-track mono