Model:4000, 4200 Report IC, 4400 Stereo IC
Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1973 - 1978
Original Price: $565
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 35Hz - 20kHz 3¾ ips: 35Hz - 16kHz 1 ips: 35Hz - 8kHz 15
Wow and Flutter:7½ ips: 0.2%. 3¾ ips: 0.25%. 1 ips: 0.35%. 15
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:64dB at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 9 / 10
These classic, enduring, battery-operated portable hi-fi recorders were still going strong in 1980! During its 10 year life span (1973 – 1983) more than 600,000 were sold, many to organizations like NATO, The Ministry of Defence and the BBC.
Three versions were available- Stereo 1/4 track (4400) 1/2 track (4200)
Mono 1/4 track (4000).
All models had four tape speeds, tape tension regulation, Integrated Circuit (IC) power stage and an internal speaker. A rugged aluminium die-cast frame ensured stability and long-life (these recorders were used by NASA!) and made it an obvious choice for broadcast use.
A high speed motor ensured stability even in the event of vibration or movement and a speed accuracy of less than 1.5% was quoted. Wow & flutter was less than 0.20% at 7½ ips.
Crosstalk: mono > 60dB. stereo >45dB / Rewind speed: 3 minutes for 900ft / Inputs: mic: 200 – 600 ohms dynamic or low voltage capacitor 0.12mV-40mV line: 47K. 2.4mV – 700mV phono: 1M, 45mV – 20V / Outputs: line: 15K. 1V speaker: 4 ohms. 800mW / Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 8″ (280 x 76 x 203mm) / Weight: 7 lbs (3.8kg) / 4000 Report IC: quarter-track mono 4200 Report IC: half-track stereo 4400 Stereo IC: quarter-track stereo)