Model:Stereo Recorder 202 (Model 398W)
Country of Manufacture:Austria
Release dates:1962 - 1965
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Dual Track
Frequency Response:( ±3 dB): 7½ ips: 40 - 20kHz 3¾ ips: 60Hz - 14kHz.
Wow and Flutter:0.3% at 7½ ips and 0.5% at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Stereo-Recorder was a twin-track, two speed tape machine with a seven-inch reel capacity. The name was, however, quite misleading. It had two half track mono heads, but the record/replay head was specially built with a high impedance winding for normal valve use on the upper track and a low impedance winding allowing the second (lower) track to be played back through a built in pre-amp consisting of two OC44 transistors, thus giving stereo playback of pre-recorded tapes through an external amplifier. Stereo recording was quite out of the question.
The 202 came in two versions, the 398W (230 volt 50Hz) or 202-395W (117 volt 60Hz)
Price when new was 2680 Schilling. (Approx US $100).
Valve & semiconductor complement: ECC82, EC92, ECL86 and EM84. 2 x OC 44 and B250 C75 rectifier / Bias frequency: 55kHz / Audio output power: approx 3 watts / Speaker(s): internal / Outputs: external amplifier, extension speaker and stereo playback / Dimensions: 13 x 6.3 x 10.6 inches (330 x 160 x 270) mm / Weight: 16.5 lb (7.5 kg) / half-track mono record, stereo playback of pre-recorded tapes through external equipment