Sony TC-K80

Sony TC-K80II

October   1 9 7 8 october 1978
1 9 7 9 november 1979
1 9 8 1 1981

One of the rarely seen "prosumer" cassette recorders, the K80 was very quicly replaced by the K80II : METAL tape white papers had finally been accepted by the industry... exit the K80, enter the K80II !

Beyond Type IV compatibility, the other feature that made the K80(II) something special was AMS : Automatic Music Search.
Something which we take for granted nowadays (just press skip !), AMS was a major battle when the ELCASET format was to take center stage.

Planned, implemented inside prototypes (Sony EL-D9), outside prototypes (Technics RS-7900 or Teac AL-700) as early as 1976, it took a much longer time to finally help sooth... the consumers' natural impatience and lazy-ness.
Here implemented with all-Sony ICs and circuitry, programming was however limited to... nine tracks :)

The K80II is a solid cassette recorder sporting the second best meters ever (Sony's deep LCD !) and a 'power on' button borrowed from the TA-F80 integrated amp - another unit which also vanished rather quickly, sadly.

It was probably too expensive to include the one expected feature for that price point : three heads made of Sony's Ferrite&Ferrite material.
The counter was also plain mechanical and not (yet) digital... Maybe why the K80II didn't sell too well ?

Made to be used with the x-rare RM-50 wired remote control, to take full advantage of AMS,
aka Automatic Music Sensor,
aka Automatic Music Search,
aka Just Press Here and You're There.

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Sony TC-K80 specifications
Title Value
Motors : 2x brushless Quartz DD with Magnedisc
Heads : 2x S&F Heads
Wow & flutter : 0,03% (WRMS)
Frequency response : 20Hz...20Khz (Type III)
30Hz...18Khz (Type III ; ± 3dB)
20Hz...17Khz (Type II)
30Hz...19Khz (Type II ; ± 3dB)
20Hz...17Khz (Type I)
S/N ratio : 60dB (FeCr)
70dB (FeCr + Dolby)
THD : 0,9% (FeCr)
Bias : 105Khz
Inputs : 2x MIC (0,25mV = -70dB)
2x RCA (77,5mV = -20dB / 50kOhm)
Outputs : 2x RCA (0,435V = -5dB / 10kOhm)
Componentry : 17 ICs
2 FETs
76 transistors
52 diodes
PC : 30W
Dimensions : 43 x 16 x 29,5cm
Weight : 8,3kg
List price : 108,000¥ (TC-K80, 1978)
Accessories : RM-50 wired remote control
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