Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1970 - 1971
Original Price: $500
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 17 x 18-3/4 x 9-5/8 inches
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Quad
# Motors: 1
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 30Hz -20kHz 3¾ ips : 30Hz -17kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.09% at 7½ ips, 0.12% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:55 db with SLH tapes, 52 db with standard
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10
Weight: 28 Lbs
The Sony TC 366-4 was a quadraphonic version of the TC 366 and had many of the advanced features this popular two-channel stereo deck including automatic total mechanism shut-off, hyperbolic heads which required no pressure pads, tape/source monitoring and more.
Unlike its three-speed stereo brother, it only featured the two higher tape speeds of 7½ and 3¾ ips. It was however, more than double the price, although less than some of the other 4-channel stereo tape decks of the time. Aimed at the budget-minded music lover seeking full four-channel record and playback this recorder didn’t really take off and is quite rare today.
Harmonic distortion: less than 1.2% / Bias frequency: 125kHz / Semi-conductors: 27 transistors & 4 diodes / Rewind speed: 100 seconds for 1200ft / Inputs: mic: 600ohm 0.19mV. aux: 100kohm 0.06V / Outputs: line (100k or more) – output (0dB) .775V – headphone 8 ohm (30mV) / Dimensions: 17 x 18¾ x 9½ ” (432 x 476 x 241 mm) / Weight: 28.2lbs 3oz. (12.8 kg) / four-channel stereo record & playback