Country of Manufacture:Germany
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.