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Technical Details

Brand: Spectone


Category:Mid High Fidelity



Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom

Release dates:1960 - 1963

Speeds: 3 3/4

Max Reel Size("): 5"

Number of heads: 2

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

Auto Reverse?:No

Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 50Hz - 10kHz

Wow and Flutter:0.14%

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Additional Details


The 171 was the last of Specto’s domestic tape recorders. It utilized the Garrard ‘Bichette’ magazine deck and had a single speed of 3¾ ips.
Four-inch reels could be used instead of the magazine system but braking was compromised.
Unfortunately the Garrard magazine system never took off, and was ultimately rendered completely obsolete with the introduction of the Philips cassette system a few years later.
Priced at £40 19s, there were quite a substantial array of open reel machines available with more features for a similar price.

Additional Info

Audio output power: 3 watts / Inputs: microphone or radio / Outputs: external speaker / Speaker(s): 7 x 3″ elliptical / half-track mono


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