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Brand: Teac


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State


Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1973 - 1978

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 4

Dimension: 21¼ x 17½ x 8¾ " (540 x 444.5 x 222mm)

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:Yes

Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v

Outputs: RCA, DIN

Frequency Response: 7½ ips: 30Hz - 28kHz 3¾   ips: 30Hz - 20kHz ( 3dB)

Wow and Flutter:.06% at 7½ ips and .09% at 3¾ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:65dB with Dolby process, 60dB without

Sound quality rating:6 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10

Noise Reduction: Dolby B

Weight: 44 lbs (20kg)

Additional Details


This was a pretty sophisticated machine by 1973 standards and was produced at a time when TEAC was just beginning to release their professional range of tape decks under the TASCAM banner.
The A 5500 offered Dolby noise reduction, three motors (a direct drive capstan and two DC reel motors) and auto-reverse with all transport functions being servo-controlled. Four heads were utilized: erase, record, playback and reverse playback.

Wow and flutter were a very low 0.06% at 7½ ips and 0.09% at 3¾ ips with a 30Hz – 28KHz response at the higher speed. The Dolby system could be calibrated for both channels and a 400Hz calibration tone was supplied via a switch on the rear panel for this purpose.

Additional Info

Crosstalk: 60dB at 1,000Hz / Stereo separation: 50dB at 1,000Hz / Rewind speed: 150 seconds for 1,800ft / Inputs: line: 0.1V 100K or more microphone: 0.25mV / -72dB (600-10K ohms) / Outputs: line: 0.3V 10K or more headphones: 8 ohms


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