Model:Magnetophon 443 Hi-fi
Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1973 - 1978
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(±3 dB): 40-18kHz. at 7½ ips, 40-15kHz. at 3¾ ips, 40-8kHz at 1ips
Wow and Flutter:≤0.15% at 7½ ips, ≤0.25% at 3¾ ips, ≤0.4% at 1ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:≥50dB at 7½ ips, ≥48dB at 3¾ ips, ≥45dB at 1ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Magnetophon 443 Hi-Fi was a quarter-track stereo machine with three speeds and a 10 watt per channel power output. No speakers were provided, however Telefunken did offer a range to choose from as an optional extra.
Features included 7″ reel capacity, sliding fader-style volume and tone controls, vertical or horizontal operation, perspex cover, multi-play track function knob for mono, stereo, sound-on-sound etc.
As far as we know, this machine was not exported to the UK or the USA so we don’t have very much information to go on apart from the specifications below.
Audio output power: 10 watts per channel / Semiconductors: 20 transistors, 9 diodes / Bias frequency: 85kHz / Inputs: mic & tuner – 0.15mV at 5K. pickup & tape – 70mV at 2.2M / Outputs: line – 1.5V at 8K. phones – 0.5V at 5K. speaker – 10 watts / 4 ohms / Audio output power: 10 watts per channel / Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.6 x 7.3 inches (495 x 345 x 185 mm) / Weight: 30.2 lb (13.7 kg) / quarter-track stereo