Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates: -
Original Price: $290
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Ferrite/Glass
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:20Hz -30kHz @ 7 1/2 ips - 30Hz -17kHz @ 3¾ ips
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.09% at 7½ ips, 0.12% at 3¾ ips and 0.17% at 1 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
The TC-377 was the second version of the popular 1971 TC-366, with a very similar set of specifications and features. Like the TC-366 it could be used in a vertical or horizontal position thanks to the reversible slanted base.
The main improvements however (other than a slightly snappier styling) was the utilization of hard wearing ferrite & ferrite heads and servo controlled tape tension. A unique electronic detail of the 377, features the preamp signal going directly to the transistors without running through capacitors (superior design)
Another unique feature (which you may or may not like) ‘TMS’ – or ‘Total Mechanism Shut-Off’ – which turns off the machine completely at the end of the tape.
This deck had a fairly long production life and was still selling in the USA in 1979 ($450 – Stereo/HiFi
Apparently this machine was designed to record and play back encoded SQ (Stereo Quadraphonic) signals. We are not aware of any SQ encoded prerecorded tapes so perhaps this refers to taping quad SQ LPs, which were available at the time.
The 377 was sold in Japan as the TC-6360-A and a rare Quadraphonic version – TC-6364
Harmonic distortion: less than 1.2% / Bias frequency: 160kHz / Semi-conductors: 27 transistors & 4 diodes / Rewind speed: 100 seconds for 1200ft / Inputs: microphone: 600ohm / .19mV. auxiliary: 100kohm 0.06V / Outputs: line (100k or more) – output (0dB) .775V – headphone 8 ohm (30mV) / Dimensions: 16½ x 8½ x 15½ ” (418 x 210 x 392mm) / Weight: 22 lbs (10 kg) / quarter-track stereo
Heads 1 x record, 1 x playback, 1 x erase
One Induction motor
Reel size Max. 7″
Tape speeds 1 7⁄8 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter 0.09% @ 7 1⁄2 ips
Frequency response 20Hz to 30kHz @ 7 1⁄2 ips
Signal to Noise Ratio 55dB
Total harmonic distortion 1.2%
Semiconductors 23 x transistors, 5 x diodes
Dimensions 418 x 210 x 392mm