Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1971 - 1975
Original Price: $249.50
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 16-7/16 x 8-5/16 x 14-13/16"
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 1
Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v, Multi
Outputs: RCA, DIN
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 20Hz -25kHz 3¾ ips: 30Hz -17kHz +- 3dB
Wow and Flutter: 0.09% at 7½ ips, 0.12% at 3¾ ips and 0.17% at 1 ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 52dB (normal tape), 55dB (SLH tape)
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10
Weight: 22.5 Lbs
This was a three head, single motor tape deck, with decent sound, good specs and accepted reels up to 7″ in diameter.
The TC 366 could be used in a vertical or horizontal position thanks to the sloped cabinet. It was first necessary, however, to remove a few screws, lift the deck out of its wooden sleeve and rotate it 180 degrees before horizontal operation was possible.
The deck had mixable AUX and MIC inputs which allowed a number of neat features.
First, in conjunction with another deck, you could record a stereo track, then, while feeding that stereo program into the AUX inputs of the 366, you could mix in another stereo recording via the MIC inputs.
Using a good tape at 7½ ips, this could be done 2 or 3 times before noticeable loss of sound quality became a problem.
Furthermore, by feeding the left line out into the right AUX in and the right line out into the left AUX in and flicking down the tape/source switch to ‘tape’ (while recording), one could achieve a very nice stereo tape echo, the intensity of which could be adjusted by turning up the AUX record levels. The tape speed governed the echo speed.
Frequency response ( 3dB)
7½ ips: 20Hz -25kHz
3¾ ips: 30Hz -17kHz
17/8 ips: 30Hz -9kHz
One model had a multiple Power option with 6 settings, 100, 110, 117, 125, 220 and 240v. North American had RCA inputs/outputs – European had DIN. Rewind speed: 100 seconds for 1200ft. Harmonic distortion: less than 1.2% – Bias frequency: 160kHz – Semi-conductors: 27 transistors & 4 diodes – Inputs: mic: 600ohm 0.19mV. aux: 100kohm 0.06V – Outputs: line (100k or more) – output (0dB) 0.775V – headphone 8 ohm (30mV)
Sony also made a four channel version of the 366, the 366-4