Sony TC-K555ES
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Wired Remote Control Full Logic Metal Tape 3 Head

This Sony TC-K555ES is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B and C noise reduction, it was first sold by Sony in 1982 with a recommended retail price of USD $420 and discontinued 3 years later in 1985.

The main features of the Sony TC-K555ES are: 3 heads and off-tape monitoring, digital linear tape counter with 4 digits, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome, ferro-chrome and metal tapes, belt driven dual-capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck 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-K555ES are generic digital peak reading meters with peak hold for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the TC-K555ES let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection.

Dolby C-type used in the TC-K555ES provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, fully doubling the amount given by B-type. The 19kHz multiplex pilot slgnal present in FM stereo broadcasts can cause false triggering of the noise reduction system. The switchable MPX filter of the TC-K555ES filters out the pilot signal, and assuring proper Dolby processing of FM stereo programs.

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. All main transport commands can be issued remotely with a wired remote control.

Compact Cassette
  • Laseramorphous Head
  • Peak Program Meter
  • ES (Elevated Standard)
  • Closed Loop Dual Capstan
  • Linear Counter
  • 3 Head

Historic events

1982 Seiko introduced the world’s first TV watch.
1983 Apple introduces the Lisa computer, the first commercial personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI).
1984 The first episode of the Miami Vice television crime drama series, premiered on NBC.
1985 Sony and Philips produced the standard for Compact Disc Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) computer discs that would use the same laser technology as the audio CD.

Features of Sony TC-K555ES

Calibration
Calibration
Bias Fine Tune
Connectors
Connectivity
AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wired Remote Control
Display
Display
Digital Peak-Reading Meters Linear Tape Counter Peak Hold 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Record Protection
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
Indicators
Indicators
Cassette Back Lighting
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter Dolby-C Noise Reduction
Controls
Operation
Full Logic Transport Control Auto-Play Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Real-Time Tape Monitoring
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls Headphone Volume 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 Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Auto Shutoff Mechanical Tape Loading Dual-Capstan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

Similar to Sony TC-K555ES from the period 1982 - 1985