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Sony TC-206SD

Stereo Cassette Deck (1976-78)

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Sony TC-206SD


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, CrO2, FeCr

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 16kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 65dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.08%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.7%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.19mV (mic)

Output: 0.775V (line)

Dimensions: 460 x 170 x 320mm

Weight: 8.5kg

Year: 1976


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Reviewed Jul 17th, 2018 by Iragress

I disagree with the review that says it was lacking in the higher ranges. I have paired it with a Sony receiver of the same year, the str-v4, and it sounded magnificent. It made tired 30yr old tapes sound like CDs. Although, those receivers were known for favoring the high end, so maybe the tape decks were designed with that in mind.
In any case, the Sony TC-206SD is probably the best cassette player I’ve ever heard.

Reviewed Jan 16th, 2016 by ilkkasuni

After having owned the Sony cassette tape deck models TC-188 SD and, especially, the TC-199 SD, I was disappointed by the pricier TC-206 SD. There was something lacking to the high tones, one could tell by the ear. Also, the automatic recording peak level limiter was practically useless.

The Sony cassette tape decks of the late 70's had outstandingly large VU meters. Thus, one might have imagined it would have been very easy to set the optimal recording level, utilizing the TC-206 SD peak level limiter. That was not the case: in the recorded audio, one could easily tell the sequences, the automatic peak level limiter dropped the recording level, even to an unnecessarily muted degree.

Good looking, fun to use, robust and solid build, yet failed in performance, to some degree.



re: TC-206SD


re: TC-206SD

I'd like to react the discussion above: I'm a very happy owner of TC-199 SD with a Sansui receiver and TC-206 SD with a Sony STR-4800 receiver. I have never compared these two beauties, i used them separately. Both decks are well maintained in a good condition. Reading this controversy I made a comparsion today. Source: Sony DVP-NS930V CD/DVD player. Bill Bruford: Master Strokes. Casettes: Maxell XL-SII. Rec. level: +3 dB. Tape heads were freshly demagnetized, cleaned by alcohol. According to the specs, I expected the TC-199 SD (with wider frequency response) to win. Here's the result: On the playback the TC-199 SD lost 3 dB, the TC-206 SD played back on the same level . After a correction of the line out potmeter on the TC-199 SD, I shocked to hear the difference by ear ! The TC-206 SD was WAY BETTER in dinamics, clearer high tones, soft thick bass etc. This is only my experience, with my defined decks. Don't get me wrong, I can recommend any of them, if one can find them in a good price, don't hesitate, buy it! The mechanics are reliable, solid built with metal parts not like from the mid 80's, full of plastics.
I always loved them both, but, after this comparsion I can tell You, the higher price range of the TC-206 SD seems to have some reason. I can agree with Ikkasuni about the limiter: Never ever use it! Totally useless, and ruins the record. If You can set the right record level to all the cassettes (it's easy with these wonderful big VU meters), You'll never be disappointed .

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