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Brand: Spectone


Category:Mid High Fidelity




Country of Manufacture:United Kingdom

Release dates:1959 - 1962

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 4

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stacked/Inline

Auto Reverse?:No

Frequency Response:(to CCIR spec): 15 ips: 50Hz - 16kHz

Wow and Flutter:better than 0.15% at 7½ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:-45 dB below full peak output

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10

Additional Details


Following on from Spectone’s 151, the 161 utilized the latest deck from Collaro, the Transcriptor Mk.IV.  It featured two-way recording and playback and three speeds. 15, 7½ & 3¾ ips.
Improvements included super-imposing (sound-on-sound), basic input mixing facilities and a side-hinged lid which could accommodate three 7″ spools of tape behind a removal cover (see picture, left).  A magic eye level indicator replaced the 151’s VU meter. Significantly smaller, lighter and cheaper (£51 9s  as compared to £79 16s) than the 151, the 161 nevertheless retained similar specifications to its more expensive predecessor.

Additional Info

Inputs: high and low impedance microphone, line / Outputs: 15 ohm, external speaker, cathode follower line output / Audio output power: 4 watts / Speaker(s): 6″ internal / Dimensions: 15½ x 15¾ x 8¼” (394 x 400 x 210 mm) / Weight: 36 lbs (16.4 kg) / half-track mono


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