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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 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.



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