Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1969 - 1972
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 30Hz to 18kHz 3¾ ips: 30Hz to 14kHz 1ips: 30Hz to 10kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 7½ ips, 0.2% at 3¾ ips, 0.35% at 1ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
in late 1969, the TC 560D (a deck-only version of theTC 560)
was a moderately priced quarter-track, auto reverse stereo tape deck featuring
what Sony described as ‘Sony ESP (Electronic Sensory Perceptor) – a function
which automatically reversed tape direction from right to left without
the need of magnetic cue strips.
At the heart of the recorder was a servo-controlled motor,
a dual capstan drive with a motor-driven ‘Retractomatic’ pinch roller.
Operating at three speeds, 7½ , 3¾ and 1
ips, a frequency response of 30Hz to 18kHz was claimed for the higher
A unique feature of this deck was that it could operate
from both AC mains and 12 volts DC.
Other features included noise suppression switch, sound-on-sound,
scrape flutter filter, VariSpeed pitch control (with optional accessories)
and an absence of pressure pads.
Additional images of this recorder are supplied on the Get
Reel Contemporary Classics CD-ROM.
Hum and noise: better than 52dB at 7½ ips / replay characteristic: NARTB / Rewind speed: 2 minutes 20 seconds for 1200 ft / Inputs: mic: 600kohm (.19mV) -72dB. aux: 100kohm 61mV / Outputs: line 100k 0.775V. headphone 8 ohm 29 / 38 dB (28 / 10mV) / Dimensions: 16.4 x 6.5 x 15.5″ (417 x 165 x 394mm) / Weight: 28 lbs (12.7 kg) / quarter-track stereo