Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1960 - 1963
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 3¾ ips: 40Hz - 16kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.3%
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
A half-track machine from Germany, the Universal was still being made in the late 60’s, although with many cosmetic and technical improvements. It had three speeds (3¾, 1 7/8 and 15/16 ips) and excellent wow and flutter characteristics.
Designed with dictation in mind, there was provision for operating start/stop/record functions from the microphone.
The very low speed of 15/16 ips made it an extremely useful dictaphone whilst the quite passable 40Hz – 16kHz frequency
response at 3¾ ips meant that the Universal could be used
for playing music as well.
Hum & noise: -45dB / Valve complement: EF 86, EBF 80, EC 92, EL 95, EM 84 / Audio output power: 3 watts / Speaker(s): single internal / Dimensions: 12¼ x 5½ x 9½” (311 x 140 x 244 mm) / Weight: 17 lbs (7.7 kg) / half-track mono