Sony                            
Model (see top page for legend)
Year
Heads
F.R.,
±3dB, Hz-kHz
W&F, WRMS,
%
S/N, NR off,
dB
S/N, Best NR,
dB
NR & Bias
Rec. Cal.
Auto
Reverse
Drive
Motors
Weight, kg
Price, MSRP,
USD
Notes
TC-165
1971 3 30-14
0.1 49   No
No
Yes
Closed
2 9.1 260 2 erase heads
TC-160
1971 2 20-16
0.1 49   No
No
No
Closed
2 7.8 200  
TC-161SD
1972 2 20-17
0.1 51 59 B
No
No
Closed
2 6.5 330  
TC-134SD
1972 2 30-17
0.2 51 59 B
No
No
Open
2 4.8 240  
TC-152SD
1973 2 30-15
0.15 50 58 B
No
No
Open
2 5.5 300 Portable
TC-131SD
1973 2 40-15
0.22 50 58 B
No
No
Open
2 4.1 240  
TC-203SD
1974 2 20-17
0.08 54 64 B
No
No
Closed
2 9.0 400  
TC-177SD
1974 3 30-17
0.07 59 69 B
No
No
Closed
2 10.0 700  
TC-137SD
1974 2 20-17
0.07 55 65 B
No
No
Closed
2 7.0 400  
TC-138SD
1975 2 40-13
0.15 50 60 B
No
No
Open
2 6.1 230  
TC-136SD
1975 2 30-12
0.1 50 60 B
No
No
Open
2 6.4 300  
TC-118SD
1975 2 40-13
0.15 50 60 B
No
No
Open
1 3.7 210  
TC-209SD
1976 2 30-17
0.07 59 69 B/FM
No
No
Closed
2 12.0 500  
TC-206SD
1976 2 30-15
0.08 59 69 B/FM
No
No
Closed
2 7.5 350  
TC-188SD
1976 2 30-15
0.07 59 69 B/FM
No
No
Closed
2 7.0 400  
TC-186SD
1976 2 30-16
  59 69 B/FM
No
No
Open
2   300  
TC-164SD/TC-4550SD*
1976 2 30-17
0.06 61 71 B
No
No
Open
2 5.2 520 Portable, Pitch control; *Japanese model
TC-158SD/TC-3000*
1976 2 30-15
0.08 57 67 B
No
No
Open
2 4.8 380 Portable; *Japanese model
EL-7
1976 3 20-25
0.04 62 72 B/FM
Manual
No
Closed
3 13.0 900 Elcaset
EL-5
1976 2 20-22
0.06 62 72 B/FM
No
No
Open
1 10.5 630 Elcaset
EL-4
1976 2 20-20
0.06 62 72 B
No
No
Open
1 9.8 500 Elcaset
TC-229SD
1977 2 30-16
  59 69 B
No
No
Open
2 10.5 500  
TC-K96R
1978 3 30-16
0.05 57 67 B
No
Yes
Open
2 9.5 620 2 erase heads
TC-K8B
1978 2 30-16
0.045 60 70 B
No
No
Open
2 10.8 520  
TC-K88
1978 2 20-20
0.03 60 70 B
No
No
Open
3 10.0 1,200 Professional
TC-K7II
1978 2 30-16
0.045 59 69 B
No
No
Open
2 10.5 540  
TC-K60
1978 2 30-16
0.045 57 67 B
No
No
Open
2 8.5 550  
TC-K6
1978 2 30-16
0.05 57 67 B
No
No
Open
1 8.5 400  
TC-D5
1978 2 30-17
0.06 58 69 B
No
No
Open
1 1.7 650 Portable
EL-D9
1978 3         B
Manual
No
Closed
3     Elcaset, Professional
EL-D8
1978 2 20-23
0.035 62 72 B
No
No
Open
2 5.2 800 Elcaset, Portable
TC-K75
1979 3 30-18
0.04 60 70 B
Manual
No
Closed
2 6.4 600  
TC-K65
1979 2 30-17
0.04 59 69 B
No
No
Open
2 5.7 500  
TC-K55
1979 2 30-17
0.04 58 68 B
No
No
Open
1 5.9 400  
TC-D5M
1979 2 30-17
0.06 58 69 B
No
No
Open
1 1.7 680 Portable
TC-K81
1980 3 30-18
0.04 60 70 B
Manual
No
Closed
2 6.3 500  
TC-K77R
1980 2 30-17
0.05 59 69 B
No
Yes
Open
2 8.3 600 Quick auto reverse
TC-K71
1980 3 30-18
0.04 60 70 B
Manual
No
Closed
2 5.6 450  
TC-K61
1980 2 30-17
0.04 59 69 B
No
No
Open
2 5.6 320  
TC-K777
1981 3 20-20
0.025 60 70 B
Manual
No
Closed
2 9.8 950  
TC-K555
1981 3 25-18
0.04 60 72 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 6.1 430  
TC-FX7
1981 2 30-17
0.05 59 69 B
No
No
Open
2 6.6 550  
TC-FX6C
1981 2 30-17
0.04 59 69 B/C
No
No
Open
2 6.4 420  
TC-FX5C
1981 2 30-17
0.04 59 69 B/C
No
No
Open
2 6.0 350  
WM-D6
1982 2 40-15
0.04 58 68 B
No
No
Open
1 0.6 500 Portable, Professional
TC-K777ES
1982 3 15-19
0.02 61 74 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 10.0 850  
TC-K666ES
1982 3 25-19
0.025 60 73 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
3 6.5 650  
TC-K555ES
1982 3 25-18
0.04 60 80 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 6.1 420  
TC-FX77
1982 2 30-17
0.04 59 69 B/C
No
No
Open
2 6.6 450  
TC-FX66
1982 2 30-17
0.04 59 79 B/C
No
No
Open
2 5.5 320  
TC-FX1010
1982 3 25-18
0.04 60 74 B/C
Auto
No
Closed
2 8.0 650  
TC-D5PRO
1982 2 40-16
0.06 58 64 B
No
No
Open
1 1.7 850 Portable, Professional, Balanced mike input
TC-FX600
1983 2 30-17
0.04 60 73 B/C
No
No
Open
2 5.5 320  
TC-D6C/WM-D6C
1983 2 40-15
0.04 58 71 B/C
No
No
Open
1 0.6 500 Portable, Professional
TC-K777ESII
1984 3 15-19
0.02 61 74 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 10.0 950  
TC-K555ESII
1984 3 20-19
0.025 60 73 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 6.6 420  
TC-K444ESII
1984 3 30-18
0.04 60 72 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 7.1 450  
TC-FX707R
1984 2 30-17
0.04 59 72 B/C
Manual
Yes
Open
2 6.2 430 Quick auto reverse
TC-K501R
1985 2 30-17
0.04 58 71 B/C
Manual
Yes
Open
2 6.2 450 Quick auto reverse
TC-R502
1986 2 30-17
0.05 58 71 B/C/H
Manual
Yes
Open
2 4.8 450 Quick auto reverse
TC-D5PROII
1986 2 40-16
0.06 58 64 B
No
No
Open
1 1.7 1,475 Portable, Professional, Balanced mike input
TC-D3/WM-D3
1986 2 60-15
0.08 57 64 B
No
No
Open
1 0.4 500 Portable, Professional
TC-R503
1987 2 30-17
0.05 59 72 B/C/H
Manual
Yes
Open
2 4.8 300 Quick auto reverse
TC-K700ES/TC-K333ESX*
1987 3 20-20
0.025 60 73 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 8.4 700 *Japanese model
TC-K600ES/TC-K222ESX*
1987 3 20-20
0.05 60 72 B/C/H
Manual
No
Open
2 5.2 450 *Japanese model
TC-K555ESX
1987 3 20-20
0.025 60 73 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 8.4 1,000 Japanese model
TC-RX80ES
1988 2 20-18
0.05 59 72 B/C/H
Manual
Yes
Open
3 5.1 600 Spectrum level indicator, Quick auto reverse
TC-RX60ES
1988 2 20-18
0.09 58 71 B/C/H
No
Yes
Open
2 4.8 450 Quick auto reverse
TC-RX50ES
1988 2 20-18
0.09 58 71 B/C
No
Yes
Open
2 3.9 300 Quick auto reverse
TC-RX55ES
1989 2 20-20
0.09 58 71 B/C/H
No
Yes
Open
2 3.9 300 Quick auto reverse
TC-K730ES/TC-K333ESR*
1989 3 20-21
0.025 60 73 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 8.4 850 *Japanese model
TC-K630ES/TC-K222ESR*
1989 3 20-21
0.05 60 72 B/C/H
Manual
No
Open
2 5.2 450 *Japanese model
TC-K555ESR
1989 3 20-21
0.025 60 73 B/C
Manual
No
Closed
2 8.4 1,000 Japanese model
TC-RX70ES
1990 2 20-20
0.06 59 74 B/C/H
No
Yes
Open
3 4.6 350 Quick auto reverse
TC-K950ES/TC-K333ESG*
1990 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 11.7 850 *Japanese model
TC-K850ES/TC-K222ESG*
1990 3 15-21
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 6.9 600 *Japanese model
TC-K750ES
1990 3 20-21
0.025 60 75 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 6.6 450  
TC-K620/TC-K650ES*
1990 3 20-20
0.05 60 75 B/C/H
Manual
No
Open
3 4.6 350 *USA model
TC-K555ESG
1990 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 13.6 1,000 Japanese model
TC-RX77ES
1991 2 20-20
0.06 59 74 B/C/H
Manual
Yes
Open
3 4.8 330 Quick auto reverse
TC-K970ES/TC-K333ESL*
1991 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 11.7 850 *Japanese model
TC-K870ES/TC-K222ESL*
1991 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 7.9 600 *Japanese model
TC-K770ES
1991 3 20-21
0.025 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 6.6 450  
TC-K670/TC-K677ES*
1991 3 20-20
0.05 60 75 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 4.9 350 *USA model
TC-K555ESL
1991 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 13.6 1,000 Japanese model
TC-RX79ES
1992 2 20-20
0.06 59 74 B/C/H
Manual
Yes
Open
3 4.8 330 Quick auto reverse
TC-K990ES/TC-K333ESA*
1992 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 12.0 850 *Japanese model
TC-K890ES/TC-K222ESA*
1992 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 6.9 650 *Japanese model
TC-K790ES
1992 3 20-21
0.025 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 6.6 450  
TC-K690/TC-K679ES*
1992 3 20-20
0.05 60 75 B/C/H
Manual
No
Open
3 4.8 350 *USA model
TC-K555ESA
1992 3 15-22
0.022 61 76 B/C/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 13.6 1,000 Japanese model
TC-RX606ES
1993 2 25-19
0.06 59 83 B/C/S/H
Auto
Yes
Open
3 4.5 500 Quick auto reverse
TC-K909ES/ TC-K222ESJ*
1993 3 15-22
0.022 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 8.2 790 *Japanese model
TC-K808ES
1993 3 20-21
0.025 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 8.0 550  
TC-K711S/TC-K707ES*
1993 3 20-20
0.025 60 84 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 5.0 500 *USA model
TC-K611S
1993 3 20-20
0.05 60 84 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
2 4.6 400  
TC-K555ESJ
1993 3 15-22
0.022 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 13.6 1,300 Japanese model
TC-K333ESJ
1993 3 15-22
0.022 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 12.0 1,100 Japanese model
TC-K815S/TC-K717ES*
1994 3 20-20
0.025 61 83 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 4.9 560 *USA model
TC-K715S
1994 3 20-20
0.04 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
3 4.7 375  
TC-K615S
1994 3 20-20
0.045 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
2 4.3 350  
TC-KA7ES
1995 3 15-22
0.022 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 12.0 1,500 Japanese model
TC-KA6ES
1995 3 20-21
0.025 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 7.6 850 European model
TC-KA5ES
1995 3 15-22
0.022 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 10.7 1,200 Japanese model
TC-KA3ES
1995 3 15-22
0.022 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Closed
3 7.6 950  
TC-K661S
1995 3 20-20
0.04 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
3 4.4 375  
TC-K561S/TC-KA1ES*
1995 3 30-19
0.055 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
2 4.2 330 *USA model
TC-KE600S / TC-KA2ES*
1996 3 20-20
0.04 61 85 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
3 4.4 550 *USA model
TC-KE500S/TC-KA1ESA*
1996 3 30-19
0.055 61 83 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
2 4.2 350 *USA model
TC-KB920QS
1997 3 20-20
0.06 61 83 B/C/S/H
Manual
No
Open
2 5.0 280