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Brand: Sony

Model:TC 880-2

Category:Super High Fidelity (Reserved for top-end recorders)

Application:Semi-Pro

Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates: -

Tracks:1/2 Rec/Play+1/4PB

Speeds: 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 4

Dimension: 18.4 x 20.4 x 10.5" (465 x 515 x 265mm)

Head Composition: Ferrite/Glass

Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked

# Motors: 4

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 100v Japan, 110-120v, 220-240v

Frequency Response:15 ips: 20Hz - 40kHz - 7½ ips: 25Hz - 30kHz ( 2dB SLH)

Wow and Flutter:.02% - 15 ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:65 dB - 60 dB (SLH tape)

Sound quality rating:7 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10

Weight: 80.4 lbs - 37 kg

Additional Details

Description

The TC 880-2 was a semi-professional three head tape deck with a 10½ ” reel capacity and tape speeds of 15 ips and 7½ ips. Half-track stereo record, half & quarter-track stereo playback
Tape transport was via direct drive from an AC servo-controlled motor with two reel motors for take-up and fast forward.
This recorder had a very rugged and professional look, with large, chunky knobs and switches. It also had a LED display for record/playback level instead of VU meters, which was fairly innovative at the time.
Still selling in the UK in 1980, this was a very heavy machine ( 80.4 lbs / 37 kg) and extremely expensive – in 1980 it cost over £1,400 (including VAT) or to put that into perspective, a little over twice the price of a Revox B-77.  I have owned three of these over the years and even when fully tuned up, was disappointed that the playback sound quality was decent but not great and know another collector who had the same experience/opinion.

Additional Info

Direct Drive (no belts except counter) – Real Time Tape Counter

Rewind Speed- 2 minutes and 30 seconds with 2,400 ft (740m) tape

Frequency response 7.5 IPS +- 2 dB
25 – 20k low noise tape
25 – 25k SLH
30 – 30k FeCr
Frequency response 15 IPS +- 2 dB
25 – 30k low noise tape
25 – 35k SLH
20 – 40k FeCr

Signal-to-noise ratio
65 DB FeCr
62 DB SLH
59 DB low noise

Wow and flutter NAB
.02% at 15 IPS
.03% at 7.5 IPS

Harmonic distortion .5%

Semi-conductors: 150 transistors, 5 ICs 114 diodes and 4 FETs / Bias frequency: 160kHz /  Inputs: microphone: 0.2 mV (- 72dB), impedance 600 ohms line: 60 mV (- 22dB), impedance 100 K DIN / Outputs: line: impedance 10 K, output level 435 mV (0 dB) headphones: 8 ohms DIN

The Japanese model was the TC-8750-2

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