Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 3"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 50Hz - 18kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.1% at 7½ ips. 0.15% at 3¾ ips. 0.2% at 1ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The TC-800 was a semi-professional
battery-operated portable recorder with a servo-controlled motor for precise
timing accuracy. A variable pitch control (optional extra) allowed fine
speed tuning and reels of up to 5″ diameter could be accommodated.
Three electronically controlled tape speeds (7½ , 3¾ and
were provided and automatic tape lifters protected heads from wear during
fast forward and rewind. Sony’s ‘Sonomatic’ recording control automatically
adjusted recording levels, with a defeat switch allowing manual level
Power was from 8 “D” size 1.5 volt batteries and an inbuilt
AC adaptor also allowed mains operation.