Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1969 - 1972
Original Price: $420
Speeds: 1 7/8, 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 - 22kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.09% at 7½ ips, 0.12% at 3¾ ips and 0.16% at 1 ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The TC-630 was a
quarter-track stereo, three speed, three head recorder, equipped with
a comprehensive pre-amp control panel designed to be used as a “stereo
centre”. This control panel included separate bass and treble controls,
balance control and inputs for phono, tuner and auxiliary as well as microphone
inputs for recording.
Previously, Sony had often been criticised for their
apparent desire to “conceal” the various recording controls.
Tiny level controls, awkwardly placed, and miniature level meters almost
gave the impression that Sony considered recording a secondary function
and were more interested in the playback aspect of their tape recorders.
Total harmonic distortion: 1.2% / Semi-conductors: 40 silicon transistors, 7 diodes (TC-630) / Bias frequency: 160kHz / Audio output power: 20 watts per channel (dynamic), 15 watts RMS per channel (TC-630) / Inputs: mic: 0.2mV / 250 ohms, aux: 60mV / 560 kohms, tuner: 60mV / 100 kohms, phono: 2mV / Outputs: line 0.775v at 0 VU. speakers: 16 ohm (lid) 8 ohm (ext). headphones / Speaker(s): Two wide-range units detachable comprising lid for transportation / Dimensions: 18 x 20 x 11½ ” (454 x 508 x 296 mm) / Weight: 46.2 lbs (21 kg) / quarter-track stereo