Model:Varicord 263 stereo
Country of Manufacture:Germany
Release dates:1974 - 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:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 30Hz - 20kHz 3¾ ips: 30Hz - 15kHz 1 ips: 30Hz - 8kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.05% at 7½ ips. 0.1% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:7½ ips:53dB (quarter-track) - 55dB (half-track)
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
The Varicord and Varicord Stereo had been around for a few years by the time the 263 appeared. Interchangeable head assemblies permitted half or quarter-track stereo recording and playback. The internal amplifiers gave a 6 watts per channel output. Other features included three tape speeds (7½ , 3¾ and 1 7/8 ips), horizontal or vertical operation, single VU meter, single motor, 7″ reel capacity and input mixing.
Hum and noise: 7½ ips: -55dB (quarter-track) – 57dB (half-track) / Bias frequency: 100kHz / Audio output power: 6 watts per channel (sinusoidal), 9watts per channel (music) / Inputs: microphone: 0.16mV max 300mV radio: 1.2mV max 580mV phono (1): 45mV max 7V phono (2): 100mV max 25V / Outputs: 1.4V into 15K / Dimensions (without cover): 17½ x 13 x 6¾ ” (445 x 330 x 170mm) / Dimensions (with cover): 17½ x 13 x 7″ (445 x 330 x 178mm) / Weight: 22 lbs (10 kg) / quarter-track stereo
My only complaint is that I have no complaints.