Sony TC-161SD

Sony TC-2250SD

October   1 9 7 2 october 1972
1 9 7 4 june 1974

"Deluxe Dolbyized Stereo Cassette Deck"

It may look flimsy-ish and dated but the 161SD not only has a F&F head, a built-in (switchable) limiter but also a Closed-Loop Dual Capstan and a low-noise FET preamp.

The quadrilingual canadian catalog I have (french, english, spanish and german) mainly spends time on the new F&F feature which is "very necessary for recording and reproduction of matrixed 4-channel signals such as SQ".

But the closed-loop dual capstan made for a strong feature in 1972 and the 161SD only needed a third head to compete with the later TC-177SD.
And better audio boards because, specs-wise, it does show its vintage... but there is pretty serious hardware under the hood here !

The 161SD was a TC-2250SD in Japan, replaced by the fairly similar TC-2260SD in june 1974.

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Sony TC-161SD specifications
Title Value
Tape speed : 4,8cm/s
Wow & flutter : < 0,1%
± 0,3% (DIN)
FF & Rew time : 90s (C60)
Frequency response : 20Hz...15Khz (Type I)
40Hz...12,5Khz (Type I, DIN)
20Hz...17Khz (Type II)
40Hz...15Khz (Type II, DIN)
S/N ratio : 49dB (Dolby off)
THD : 2%
Inputs : -72dB (0,2mV) (MIC)
-22dB (0,06V) (line)
3,7kOhm (DIN)
Outputs : 0,775V / 100kOhm load (0dB, line)
0,7V / 50kOhm (-1dB) (DIN)
8 Ohm (headphones)
PC : 25W
Dimensions : 46 x 12,7 x 27,6cm
Weight : 6,6kg.
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