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Sony TC-K555

3-Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1982)

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Sony TC-K555


Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x combination record/playback, 1 x erase

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 19kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 73dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%

Input: 77.5mV (line)

Output: 0.435V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 105 x 285mm

Weight: 6.1kg

Accessories: remote control


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Reviewed Jan 04th, 2015 by JohnBS

Quality deck, with dual-capstan transport and hence no pressure pads. When correctly biased, the input-output audio are virtually indistinguishable. Mine is still going strong after 30 years! The tape selection /Dolby mode switches will require some contact cleaning attention (Servisol etc.) to keep them reliable. I have the full service manual if anyone needs access, but I don't have a large enough scanner (the schematics are over 2 feet wide!).



re: TC-K555

I bought this deck in 1983.

I am thrilled with the long life that this machine has. I have recorded hundreds and hundreds of custom tapes from LP and reel to reel, and it has never failed me in any way.

I saw one just like mine at a Habitat for Humanity store. I would have bought it if the person in front of me had not picked it up himself. I did tell him that he was buying a fine machine, and gave him my business card in case he wanted to sell it. He never called, so I assume he loved his machine, too!

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