Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1974 - 1978
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 6
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:at 7½ ips ( 3dB): SLH 180 tape: 30Hz - 25kHz Standard tape: 30Hz - 20kHz
Wow and Flutter:7½ ips: 0.12% 3¾ ips: 0.15%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:53 dB (standard tape) 55 dB (SLH tape)
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Sony’s highest price 7″reel
machine for 1974, the TC-558 featured three motors, six ferrite heads
and auto reverse (for both record and playback modes).
A ‘Symphase’ recording’ feature allowed taping 4-channel from any SQ
or FM matrix source.
The recorder had two tape speeds, 7½ and 3¾ ips with a frequency
response of 30 – 25kHz at the higher speed (±3dB) and signal to
noise ratio of 53dB with standard tape, 56dB with SLH-280 tape.
Price when new (according to Stereo Review’s Stereo Directory & Buying
Guide of 1975) was US$769.95.
Additional images of this recorder are supplied on the Get Reel Contemporary
Bias frequency: 120kHz / Rewind speed: 150 seconds for 1200 ft / Inputs: 2 microphone, 2 line (sensitivity 0.06V) / Outputs: 2 line: impedance 100 K headphones: 8 ohms / Dimensions: 17½ x 13 x 6½ ” (400 x 394 x 197 mm) / quarter track stereo