Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1972 - 1974
Original Price: $249.95
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Dimension: 15¾ x 7½ x 14" (394 x 184 x 353mm)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz - 18kHz (normal tape) 40Hz - 21kHz (SLH tape) 3¾ ips: 40Hz - 12.5kHz (normal tape) 40Hz - 14kHz (SLH tape)
Wow and Flutter:0.10% at 7½ ips, 0.15% at 3¾ ips and 0.2% at 1 ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:normal tape 52dB, SLH tape 55dB
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
Weight: 21.2 lbs (9.6 kg)
“King of the economy stereo tape decks” is how one Hi-Fi catalog of 1974
described the TC 280. This deck featured Sony’s famous ‘Retractomatic’ pinch roller
system for easy threading, single motor deck design, mechanical function selector, tape equalization switch and ferrite record/playback head.
Other features were record interlock, built-in reel locks for vertical operation, automatic shut-off and three tape speeds (1 7/8, 3¾ and 7½ ips).
Total harmonic distortion: less than 1.5% / Bias frequency: 160kHz / Rewind speed: 150 seconds / 1200ft / Inputs: mic low: 0.2mV, line: 0.06V 100K / Outputs: line: 0.775V 100K, phones 8 ohms, rec / playback 3.3K / Semi-conductors: 14 transistors, 4 diodes