Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 1
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz -14kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.19% at 7½ ips, less than 0.25% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:46 dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
A compact and lightweight unit from Sony, this stereo quarter-track recorder came with a pair of “full range” speakers built into two detachable sections comprising the lid.
Two speeds were provided, 3¾ and 7½ ips. The TC-200 was typical of many recorders of the mid sixties in that it used hybrid circuitry, having a solid state preamplifier section and a tube output stage.
Each channel had its own level control and VU meter and up to 7″ tape reels could be used.
The recorder was advertised as being suitable for a public address system (although at 1.5 watts maximum per channel power output one would hardly expect very much from it in this capacity). It also featured “sound-on-sound” and “trick” recording – popular features of the day.
Total harmonic distortion: 0.1% / Valve complement: 6267 x 2, 30A5 x 3 / Audio output power: 1.5 watts maximum per channel / Inputs: low impedance microphone, high impedance auxiliary / Outputs: pre-amp and speakers / Speaker(s): two detachable lid speakers / Dimensions: 15 x 9 x 16″ (381 x 229 x 406 mm) / Weight: 27 lbs (12.3 kg) / quarter-track stereo