Brand: Sound (TRE)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1958 - 1961
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 3"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
# Motors: 1
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 100 - 8,500Hz
Wow and Flutter:
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Proudly advertised as the “lowest cost quality tape recorder in the world” (note the inclusion of the word quality here!), the twin track Sound 330 “Belle” retailed in the UK for about £27.
The 1959/60 Tape Recording and Hi-Fi Magazine Yearbook tells us that it had a frequency response of 100
– 8,500Hz, a 3 watt output, a 7″ x 4″ elliptical speaker and played 4¼ inch reels.
Other “quality” features included a magic eye record level, push-button operation and a crystal microphone.
Valve complement: EF86 pre-amp, ECL82 triode a.f. amp / osc, EM81 record level / Rewind speed: quoted as “fast” / Audio output power: 3 watts (4 watts for De Luxe model) / Speaker(s): 7″ x 4″ elliptical (9″ x 5″ for De Luxe model) / Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 5″ (254 x 203 x 127 mm) / Weight: 12 lbs (5.45 kg) / half-track mono