Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1976 - 1980
Original Price: $850
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 1 (PB)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Quad
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 40Hz -18kHz 3¾ ips: 40Hz -10kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.08% at 7½ ips. 0.10% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:55 dB (3% THD level, weighted)
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The A 2340SX was the little brother to the famous A 3340S, a discrete 4 channel (quadraphonic) deck that could record and play discrete 4 channel tapes, 2 channel stereophonic tapes and 4 channel monophonic tapes. Like the A 3340S, Simul-Sync heads were used, enabling sync-recording on separate channels plus a CUE lever to help locate the exact position of material on the tape for editing, re-recording or dubbing. Unlike its big brother which could accomodate 10½ ” reels,
this recorder could only handle the 7″ variety. This was an improved version of the earlier A 2340.
Priced at around $800 in 1978.
Speed tolerance: 0.5% / Crosstalk: 50 dB at 1,000 Hz / Harmonic distortion: 1% at 1,000 Hz normal operating level / Rewind speed: 90 seconds for 1,800 ft / Inputs: line: 0.1V / 50,000 ohms microphone: 0.25mV / -72 dB (600 ohms or more) / Outputs: line: 0.3V for load impedance of 10,000 ohms or more headphones: 8 ohms / Dimensions: 18¾ x 17½ x 8¾ ” (475 x 440 x 220 mm) / Weight: 48½ lbs (21 kg) / quarter-track four channel with simul-sync