Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 30Hz - 18kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.15% at 7½ ips, less than 0.2% at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:8 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
A quality product from the Sony Corporation of Japan, the TC-600 was a quarter-track stereo machine playing at 7½ and 3¾ ips.
The TC600 was a complete recorder with two heads, 3 watts per channel output and two 6″ speakers, while the TC-600D was a deck only, requiring external amplification for playback but with three heads and separate record and playback electronics.
Circuitry was of the hybrid type, having both tube and solid state components.
Tape motion was controlled by a single large rotary selector on the right hand side of the machine giving play, stop, rewind and fast forward whilst record was selected by two red interlocked safety buttons below on the left hand side.
Record level was indicated by two small “edge type” VU meters located below the red record indicators.
Other features included vertical or horizontal operation, input mixing facilities, sound-on-sound recording, automatic shut-off. Price when new (TC-600D) was $449.95 in the USA
Rewind time: 3½ minutes for 7″ 1800ft / Valve complement: 2 x 6AN8, 4 x 12AT7, 1 x 12BH7A & 1 x 6CA4 / Semiconductors: 6 x 2SD64 / Bias frequency: approximately 100kHz / Inputs: microphone (low impedance), auxiliary 80mV (high impedance) / Outputs: line output (1.5V) & stereo monitor jack (both high impedance) / Power output (TC-600 only): 3 watts per channel / Speakers (TC-600 only): 2 x 6″ / Dimensions: 18¼ x 16¾ x 10¾” (467 x 425 x 273 mm) / Weight: 48 lbs (22 kg) / quarter-track stereo