Sony TC-121

This Sony TC-121 is a stereo cassette deck, it was first sold by Sony in 1973 with a recommended retail price of USD $130 and discontinued 2 years later in 1975.

The main features of the Sony TC-121 are: 2 heads, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal and chrome tapes, belt driven single-capstan transport.

Typical of this deck is the 70's top loading layout with the cassette compartiment located on the left side of the deck. Tape eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well.

Level meters used on the TC-121 are analog needle VU reading meters. Mechanical transport controls for reliable TC-121 transport function selection.

To make live recordings this deck has 2 microphone inputs to connect a microphone with a mini-jack connector. For undisturbed listening a jack connector for a pair of stereo headphones is supplied. Connection to other audio components for plaback can be achieved by a RCA cable and recording from a source by a RCA cable.

Compact Cassette
  • Auto Shut Off
  • Solid State

Historic events

1973 TDK introduced a replacement for chromium dioxide and named it Avilyn.
1974 The Waffle Trainer is introduced, quickly becoming the best-selling training shoe in the U.S.
1975 The first calculator watch was launched by Pulsar.

Features of Sony TC-121

RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones 2 Mono Microphone Inputs
Analog Needle Meters
Cassette Exterior
Orientation Left Top Loading Wood Case Black Finish
Compact Cassette
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Mechanical Transport Control
Individual Input Level Controls Auto Record Level
Rear Controls
Rear Controls
Voltage Switchable (Rear)
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Type Selection Chrome Tape Capabılity
Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan) Mechanical Tape Loading Auto Stop

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