Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Austria
Release dates:1962 - 1965
Speeds: 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:( 3 dB): 80-13,000c
Wow and Flutter:7(average RMS): 0.1%
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Austrian-made Stella St 456 was an all transistor, single speed
recorder with easy-to-use controls and was considered by one
reviewer to be ‘an excellent little machine with a performance which
is out of all proportion to its size and price’.
Features included low wow and flutter, good frequency response, excellent
signal noise ratio and low mechanical noise.
Price when new (in the UK) was £29 8s which included a moving
coil microphone, empty spool, reel of tape and radio lead.
Inputs: microphone 1,500 ohms, 0.4 millivolts radio 0.02 megs, 2 millivolts pickup 0.68 megs, 100 millivolts / Outputs: radio 0.02 megs, 1.5 volts loudspeaker: 3-7 ohms, 0.7 watt / Output power: 0.7 watts / Speaker: 4″ high efficiency / Dimensions: 12 x 10½ x 6″ (305 x 267 x 152 mm) / Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg) / quarter-track mono