Sony TC-153SD
Dolby B NR

The Sony TC-153SD is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was introduced by Sony in 1975 with a recommended retail price of USD $370 and discontinued 2 years later in 1977.

The main features of the Sony TC-153SD are: 2 heads, analog 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection with support for normal, chrome and ferro-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-153SD are analog needle VU reading meters. Mechanical transport controls for reliable TC-153SD transport function selection.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the TC-153SD by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies.

To make live recordings this deck has 2 microphone inputs to connect microphones with a 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
  • Servo Control
  • Auto Shut Off

Historic events

1975 TDK unveiled its SA (Super Avilyn) line of tapes, the first nonchrome high-bias tape.
1976 Elcaset audio format introduced by Sony as an improvement to compact cassettes.
1977 Tandy Radio Shack released its version of a personal home computer called the TRS-80.

Features of Sony TC-153SD

Connectors
Connectivity
2 Mono Microphone Inputs AC Power Connector (2-Pin) RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Meter Light Switch Analog Needle Meters
Electronics
Electronics
Peak Limiter
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Shoulder Strap Connector Orientation Left Top Loading Black Finish
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo Portable Built-in Monitor Speaker
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Battery Check Line / Mic Input Select Speaker Volume Control Mechanical Transport Control
Power
Power Requirements
Battery Powered External DC Power Supply Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Tone Control
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity Normal Tape Capabılity Chrome Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Servo Controlled Transport Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

Similar to Sony TC-153SD from the period 1975 - 1977