Four Track Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1971)
The Sony Model TC-252 is a four-track stereophonic/monophonic tape recorder for accurate recording and playback, featuring built-in amplifiers and lid-integrated stereo speakers.
Special features include a vibration-free motor, all-silicon transistor for exceptional low noise and distortion, scrape flutter filter which eliminates undesirable tape modulation distortion, automatic sentinel shut-off and retractable pinch roller.
The sound-on-sound facility of the TC-252 permits composite recording from left channel to right channel and vice versa with its selector switch. Sound-with-sound and public address are also featured.
Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Reel size: up to 7 inch reel
Tape speeds: 1 7⁄8 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.12% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 30Hz to 18kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB
Input: 60mV (line), 0.19mV (mic)
Output: 0.39V (line)
Output power: 4 watts
Speakers: 2 x 130mm dynamic speakers
Semiconductors: 20 x transistors, 3 x diodes
Dimensions: 408 x 256 x 380mm
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Reviewed Feb 20th, 2013 by Chappers431
This was a great first reel to reel recorder that I bought in 1970. After many years the whole mechanism wore out. That was because it was well used. No one builds great machines like this anymore.