Model:Royal De Luxe
Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1968 - 1971
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 1
Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 20Hz - 20kHz +-3 dB
Wow and Flutter:0.05%, 0.1%, 0.25% & 0.4% respectively
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 52dB (7½ ips), 51dB (3¾ & 17/8 ips)
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
This was Uher’s first recorder designed for horizontal or vertical operation, and it incorporated a number of sophisticated features including inter-changeable head assemblies for half-track or quarter-track operation. Four tape speeds were provided, from 7½ ips to 15/16 ips. This is Uhers first model with parabolic heads so it did not need pressure pads which previous models had used.
As in earlier Uher models, a built-in ‘Dia-Pilot’ was provided to automatically send switching impulses to a slide projector fitted with the necessary automatic mechanism.
Reels of up to seven inches in diameter could be accommodated and the output power was claimed to be 2 x 10 watts into 4 ohms.
To consider when buying a used Royal deluxe…
Check the pinch roller for roundness as in its idle position it is pressed against the capstan shaft and may cause issues if left in that position for long periods of time.
Replay characteristics: NARTB / Hum & noise: -54dB / Audio output power: 2 x 10 watts at 4 ohms / Inputs: mic: 0.12mV – 70mV, 200 ohms radio: 1.2mV- 110mV, 47K PU: 40mV – 200mV, 50k / Outputs: line: 775mV, 15K speaker: 10 watts RMS, 4 ohms / Dimensions: 18 x 7½ x 13¾ ” (460 x 192 x 350 mm) / Weight: de Luxe: 29.4 lbs (13.36 kg) de Luxe C 27 lbs (12.3 kg) / quarter or half-track stereo (using interchangeable head assemblies)