Sony TC-FX6

Sony TC-FX6C

1 9 8 0 1980
1 9 8 1 1981
1 9 8 2 1982

Mid-end recorder and cheaper sibling to the TC-FX7.

Originally released with Dolby B, an MPX filter switch, black phones elevel knob and a large transparent cassette window, the original TC-FX6 was quickly revised to become the TC-FX6C with the addition of Dolby C, no MPX filter switch, silver phones level knob and a (sadly) less open window. Otherwise identical.

Technically, the TC-FX6 is a full-height TC-FX7 : but for the DD capstan motor, inside are the same S&F heads (full-depth, though), the same reel motors amounting to almost the same specifications.

Wow & flutter is slightly better on the FX6 and FX6C (0,04% vs. 0,05%) but THD is better on the FX7 : 0,9% vs. 1%.

The TC-FX6C was in silver outside Japan and enigmatic grey in its home country.


No masterpieces, no TC-K777 but like the TC-FX7, they play, record, play and make music.


I'll soon receive the japanese FX6C catalog !

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Sony TC-FX6 specifications
Title Value
Heads : 2x S&F
Motors : 1x BSL for capstan
1x high-torque reel spooling
Wow & flutter : 0,04% (WRMS)
± 0,12% (DIN-45507)
FF time : 90s (C60)
Frequency response : 30Hz...17Khz (Type IV ; ±3dB ; -20dB ref level)
30Hz...17Khz (Type III ; ±3dB ; -20dB ref level)
30Hz...16Khz (Type II ; ±3dB ; -20dB ref level)
30Hz...14Khz (Type I ; ±3dB ; -20dB ref level)
30Hz...13Khz (Type IV ; ±3dB ; -0dB ref level)
S/N ratio : 59dB (Type IV ; 3% THD ; Dolby off, peak weighted)
59dB (Type III ; 3% THD ; Dolby off, peak weighted)
57dB (Type II ; 3% THD ; Dolby off, peak weighted)
THD : 1% (Type IV ; 1Khz ; 0dB ref level)
1% (Type III ; 1Khz ; 0dB ref level)
Crosstalk : 60dB (1Khz)
Stereo separation : 35dB (1Khz)
Inputs : 2x line (-20dB / 77,5mV / 50kOhm)
2x MIC (-70dB / 0,25mV)
Outputs : 2x line (-5dB / 435mV / 10kOhm)
1x headphones (-20...-50dBdB / 77,5...2,5mV / 8 Ohm)
PC : 25W (FX6)
27W (FX6C)
Dimensions : 43 x 10,5 x 27,5cm
Weight : 5,5kg (FX6)
6,4kg (FX6C)
Listprice : 59,800¥ (FX6, 1980)
69,800¥ (FX6C, 1981)
Optional accessories : RM-80 (18,000¥)
RM-50 (6,000¥)
RM-65 (3,000¥)
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