Category:Vintage (Pre 1960, some recorders were so good, they belong in above categories)
Country of Manufacture:USA
Release dates:1970 - 1974
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(± 2dB): 2 ips: 50Hz - 6kHz 3¾ ips: 50Hz - 8kHz
Wow and Flutter:1ips: less than 0.3% 2 ips: less than 0.25% 3¾ ips: less than 0.2%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50dB at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:4 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Tape-Athon 702 was an all-solid state auto-reversing tape deck with a high-quality low maintenance tape transport.
It was designed primarily for background music reproduction for retail stores, professional offices, motel/recreational centres, churches, schools and even mortuaries (according to the sales brochure).
Built on a heavy metal alloy cast chassis, the tape mechanism was designed for long service-free operation. Reversing switches were dust-proofed, clutches were of the centrifugal-pawl type without any springs and the motor was a heavy duty capacitor-type, 8-pole, 3-wire reversible with pre-lubricated bronze ball bearings.
Equalisation: NAB (7½ ips reference) / Dimensions: 14 x 16.75 x 10 inches (356 x 421 x 254 mm) / Weight: 33 lbs (15 kg) / half-track mono, stereo version available