Brand: Sound (TRE)
Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom
Release dates:1959 - 1962
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(± 3dB): 90 - 8,000 c
Wow and Flutter:0.5% RMS
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Sound A26 ‘Prince’ was a basic domestic recorder with enough features to appeal to the budding budget-oriented enthusiast.
The new B.S.R. ‘Monardeck’ was utilised, giving a single speed of 3¾ ips and a maximum reel capacity of 5¾ inches.
Features included input mixing, sound-on-sound, EM84 magic eye recording level, safety record interlock switch and combined bass/treble control.
Priced at £35 14s (£38 17s for quarter-track version) the ‘Prince was a popular machine providing good value for money while remaining at the lower end of the hi-fi food chain.
See the vintage test report below for a detailed description of the equipment.
Inputs: microphone, radio / gram (mixable) / Hum and noise: -50dB / Audio output power: 4 watts / Speaker(s): elliptical 8 x 5 inches / Dimensions: 15¾ x 14¾ x 7½ inches (401 x 375 x 191 mm) / Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg) / half-track mono (quarter track version also available)