Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1974 - 1978
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 17.3 x 20.5 x 8.7"
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Quad
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:15 ips: 30Hz -26kHz 7½ ips 30Hz - 24kHz +-3dB
Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 15 ips. 0.18% at 7½ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:55dB (unweighted)
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
Weight: 49.5 lbs
This was THE recorder to own for your home studio in the 1970’s. An updated version of the 1972 A 3340 with new electronics for low-noise tapes, the A 3340S was a three-motor, 2-speed 4-track recorder with ‘Simul-Sync’ record heads. Simul Sync allowed each of the four tracks to record separately whilst monitoring any of the others (using the record head instead of the playback head to monitor the existing tracks, thus negating the time delay that the playback heads would have produced). Bias and EQ switches were provided for normal or SLH tapes, full mixing facilities were available with 4 mic and 4 line inputs, a stereo/quad switch allowed regular stereo tapes to be played and two headphone outputs were supplied. This definitive 4-track deck sold well throughout the 1970’s and was still available in 1980.
Speed tolerance: 0.5% / Separation: 50dB / Harmonic distortion: 1.0% at 1kHz / Bias frequency: 100kHz 5 kHz (push-pull) / Rewind speed: 140 seconds for 1800ft / Inputs: 4 microphones: -70dB (0.244 mV) / 30K 4 line: -8dB (308 mV) / 50K / Outputs: line level 0 dB (0.775V) into 50 k ohms two stereo headphones (front and rear) : -18 dB (97 mV) / 8 ohms / Dimensions: 17.3 x 20.5 x 8.7″ (440 x 520 x 220mm) / Weight: 49.5lbs (22.5kg) / Quarter- track four channel discrete quadraphonic and stereo