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Sony TC-D5

Portable Stereo Tape Recorder (1979-94)

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Sony TC-D5


The TC-D5M represents the application of Sony total system technology to the demands of portable stereo cassette recording.

Its innovative design provides steady, stable performance even in rigorous field use.

Yet the D5M shares many features in common with Sony's home decks, including metal tape capability, FG servo control, and the Sendust and Ferrite head.

Thus, the portable TC-D5M performs on a level comparable to fine home use decks. In fact, when you are not using the D5M in the field, you can connect it to your home high fidelity system with excellent results.

The D5M features a built-in monitor amplifier with choice of loudspeaker or stereo headphone output, record limiter switch, mic input attenuator, and three-Way power source for professional-grade flexibility in record and playback.


  • Type: Cassette Recorder

    Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2, Metal

    Noise Reduction: B

    Output: 20mW (headphones), 0.435V (line)

    Battery: 2 x D

    Power Supply: 6V DC

    Dimensions: 237 x 48 x 168mm

    Weight: 1700g

    Year: 1980

  • Type: Cassette Recorder

    Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2

    Noise Reduction: B

    Output: 20mW (headphones), 0.44V (line)

    Battery: 2 x D

    Power Supply: AC-D468 (6V DC)

    Dimensions: 242 x 48 x 168mm

    Weight: 1700g

    Year: 1980


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Reviewed Jun 12th, 2017 by

I've recently acquired the legenday Sony TC- D5M, and i have to say what an amazing piece of technology, this little recorder has a playback quality that is 95% the same quality as my Nakamichi cassette deck 2, its just amazing that sony was able to develop this thing.
Totally recomended, record and playback quality are on par with high end Decks, and it looks beatiful while it works too.



re: TC-D5

Replaced my Nakamichi with the FC-D5 in 1988. Full bandwidth and rugged! And real fun ~

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