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Sony TC-850

Stereo Tape Deck (1971-74)

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Sony TC-850

Specifications

  • Track system: 2-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

    Heads: 1 x 2T record, 1 x 2/4T playback, 1 x erase

    Motor: 1 x capstan, 2 x reel

    Reel size: up to 10.5 inch reel

    Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.03% (15 ips)

    Frequency response: 20Hz to 30kHz (15 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 59dB

    Input: 70mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

    Output: 0.775V (line)

    Semiconductors: 77 x transistors, 79 x diodes

    Dimensions: 445 x 501 x 254.5mm

    Weight: 26kg

  • Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

    Heads: 1 x 4T record, 1 x 2/4T playback, 1 x erase

    Motor: 1 x capstan, 2 x reel

    Reel size: up to 10.5 inch reel

    Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.03% (15 ips)

    Frequency response: 20Hz to 30kHz (15 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 59dB

    Input: 70mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

    Output: 0.775V (line)

    Semiconductors: 77 x transistors, 79 x diodes

    Dimensions: 445 x 501 x 254.5mm

    Weight: 26kg

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re: TC-850

I'm working on one of these Sony TC-850s. If you have one that has intermittent channel problems then first thing to do is to replace all the circuit board and head sockets. Because you can bet that they are all cracked. They are available from Mouser as 306-XXX-500-102. The XXX being the number of contacts either 018 for the heads and 022 for the boards. The bottom electronics section is easily seperated from the transport even thou the manual shows nothing about that. Good Luck.

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