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Brand: Sony

Model:TC-600 (D)

Category:Mid High Fidelity




Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1964 - 1967

Original Price: $450

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Dimension: 18¼ x 16¾ x 10¾" (467 x 425 x 273 mm)

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 1

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Outputs: RCA

Frequency Response:7½ ips: 30Hz - 18kHz

Wow and Flutter: 0.15% at 7½ ips, less than 0.2% at 3¾ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50db

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Weight: 48 lbs (22 kg)

Additional Details


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.

Additional Info

Year 1964
Price when new (TC-600D) £133 7s (in the UK) $449.95 (in the USA)
Track system Quarter-track stereo
Heads Three
Motors Single hysteresis-synchronous motor
Maximum reel size 7″
Tape speeds 7½ & 3¾ ips
Frequency response (all 3 dB)
7½ ips: 30Hz – 18kHz
3¾ ips: 30Hz – 13kHz
Wow & flutter 0.15% at 7½ ips, less than 0.2% at 3¾ ips
Rewind time 3½ minutes for 7″ 1800ft
Signal to noise ratio 50db
Valve complement 2 x 6AN8, 4 x 12AT7, 1 x 12BH7A & 1 x 6CA4
Semiconductors 6 x 2SD64
Bias frequency 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)


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