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Sony TC-229SD

Stereo Cassette Deck (1978)

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Sony TC-229SD


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, CrO2

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 18kHz  (FeCr tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 65dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.3%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 0.775V (line)

Semiconductors: 2 x IC, 90 x transistors, 71 x diodes, 1 x LED, 1 x FET

Dimensions: 430 x 170 x 310mm

Weight: 10.5kg

Accessories: optional RM-30 remote control


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Reviewed May 01st, 2015 by Jeffree

Picked this up for next to nothing, needs work but plays. The specs aren't the best but the sound is very good to me. I had a laugh at the Rube Goldberg cassette door mechanism and the solenoid to switch into record mode but then it is 35 years old. Yes, solidly built, the faceplate and knobs are machined aluminium and the steel is heavy gauge, it'll be awesome when I fix it.

Reviewed May 25th, 2012 by Dave Meckanic

I have two of these Sony units that I use in my studio for older grungy style work. The only thing I ever had to change was a light bulb and the belts, since 1977 or so. I added rack ears to them and they drop in place.



re: TC-229SD

Well it's all good now and it brings out depth and bass that I wasn't hearing before on other decks. Can't seem to find info on the FM Cal knobs but I'll find out I guess.

re: TC-229SD

I have this deck and want to do a revision (tape is not rolling)
Who can help me out where to start. First i have to work on the tape rolling mechanism to know if this nice deck can be fixed before i spend 40 euro on belts (belts are in place nit great but feel okay) any help, directions or advice is very welcome!

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