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Yamaha TC-511

Stereo Cassette Deck

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Yamaha TC-511


The TC-511 not only sounds like a first class audio component, it looks like one too, stacking
conveniently on, or under your amplifier, receiver or tuner.

Controls are on the front panel for easy access - complemented by the fast, easy front-loading configuration. Even the microphone jacks are on the front.

Smooth and positive in normal operation, the lever-type controls lock if pressed in a sequence that might harm the tape or your recording. And the TC-511 switches itself off at the end of the tape, in all operating modes.

Level setting is simple with these twin knobs. Adjust them separately for perfect stereo balance, and turn them together for smooth, balanced fade-in and fade-out techniques.

Separate meters for L and R hand channels give accurate indications of overall recording level, helping even a first-timer to get the best signal levels, and ensuring low distortion with good signal to noise ratio.

To keep tape speed rock steady, so that recordings are unspoiled by the false trills and tremulous of wow and flutter, the tape drive mechanism has a capstan / bearing assembly finished to amazing 0.1 micron tolerances, and separate belts for capstan and take-up spool.

The combination of high torque DC motor, mechanical precision, and a powerful flywheel smoothing effect, means a level of wow and flutter so low that even sustained piano chords (severest test of a tape deck) will sound out pure and true.

The Yamaha equalizer amplifier has a lot to do with the outstandingly good S/N ratio, and uses a specially developed low noise ultra-linear integrated circuit for long term performance unaffected by temperature or humidity, and unimpaired reliability. Amplifier distortion is right at the lower measuring limits for high grade test instruments.

Combined with the high performance of the TC-511 permalloy head, the result is an overall distortion figure of only 1.5%, including both recording and playback.

The specially profiled contour-effect recording/playback head In the TC-511 is one secret of the extremely high performance. Preserving the excellent signal-to-noise and wide dynamic range of conventional permalloy, but with much higher resistance to wear, it promises the long service life of ferrite without its disadvantages.


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, Cr02

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 15kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 61dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.07%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.5%

Input: 50mV (line), 0.5mV (mic)

Output: 0.37V (line)

Semiconductors: 18 x transistors, 4 x IC, 21 x diodes

Dimensions: 435 x 160 x 334mm

Weight: 8kg

Finish: black or silver

Year: 1976


S brochure   English - danickd

B/S service manual   English - able2able

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re: TC-511

I believe page 28 is missing from the service manual. Can someone fix this?

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