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Sony DTC-55ES DAT Recorder

Sony DTC-55ES DAT Recorder


In 1990 Sony introduced the
DTC-700, DTC-55ES and the DTC-75ES.

These three DAT recorders were all very similar, and they even share the same service manual.

DTC-75ES was available in Canada and the the US.

DTC-55ES was available in the UK and Europe.

DTC-700 was available in the US.

They were the first DAT recorders to implement the SCMS system.


Serial copy management system
This unit utilizes the serial copy management system that permits digital-to-digital recording to one generation. You can record CD sound or other digital formats through a digital-to-digital connection.

Three sampling frequencies
Recording/playback can be done with three sampling frequencies (48 kHz, 44.1 kHz and 32 kHz).
48 kHz: For analog and digital input signals in a standard mode.
44.1 kHz: For compact disc and pre-recorded DAT tape.
32 kHz: For analog input signals in a long-play mode.

Long play mode
This unit can operate in a long-play mode. Analog input signals can be recorded or playback for up to four consecutive hours when the DT-120 DAT cassette tape is used. The sampling frequency will be 32 kHz in the long play mode.

Visible cassette loading
You can view the tape operation through the lid of the cassette compartment. Due to a revolutionary new transport mechanism, cassette loading time has been significantly reduced.

Excellent sound quality
Newly developed 1-bit A/D converter (High Density Linear A/D Converter) is provided for recording.
Newly developed 1-bit pulse D/A converter with excellent linearity is also provided for playback.

Digital Fade In and Out
Professional sounding fade-in/fade-out of either digital or analog signals can be accomplished by use of the FADER button.

Rich variety of subcode information
This unit can record subcode information such as Start IDs, program numbers, Skip IDs, and absolute time data, enabling you to quickly locate tunes and display the playback time in the same manner as when playing compact discs.

Post edit recording of sub codes
You can record or rewrite the following sub codes after the audio signal recording has been completed.
Start ID: Signifies the beginning of a selection.
Program number: Gives a number to the selection.
Skip ID: Signifies the beginning of a portion to be skipped.
End ID: Signifies the end position of recording/ playback.
Since sub codes are written on the tape separately from audio signals, the audio signals are not affected.




Tape Digital audio tape
Recording head  Rotary head
Recording time Standard: 120 minutes
  Long-play mode: 240 minutes (with DT-120)
Tape speed Standard: 8.15 mm/s
  Long-play mode: 4.075 mm/s
Drum rotation Standard: 2,000 rpm
  Long-play mode: 1,000 rpm 
Error correction Double-Read Solomon code
Track pitch 13.6 m (20.4 m)
Sampling frequency  48 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 32 kHz
Modulation system 8-10 Modulation
Transfer rate 2.46 Mbit/sec
Number of channels 2 channels, stereo
D/A conversion (Quantization) Standard: 16-bit linear
  Long-play mode: 12-bit non-linear
Frequency response Standard: 2-22,000 Hz (0.5 dB)
  Long-play mode: 2-14,500 Hz (0.5 dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio Standard: more than 92 dB
  Long-play mode: more than 92 dB
Dynamic range Standard: more than 92 dB
  Long-play mode: more than 92 dB
Total harmonic distortion Standard: less than 0.0045% (1 kHz)
  Long-play mode: less than 0.08% (1 kHz)
Wow and flutter Below measurable limit (0.001% W. PEAK)
Power Consumption 32W
Dimensions 430 x 115 x 330 mm (w/h/d)
Weight 7.5kg

Transport Mechanism

Tape Transport Mechanism Type:


Sony DTC-55ES User Manual (DTC-55ES.PDF)

Sony DTC-55ES User Manual

Number of Pages 56 User Manual: DTC-55ES.PDF
File Size 2.7 MB
Instant Download Yes
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UMDTC55ES_EN English
Operating Instructions
5.99 GBP

User Manual: DTC-55ES.PDF

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UMDTC55ES_IT Italian
Istruzioni per l'uso
5.99 GBP

User Manual: DTC-55ES.PDF

UMDTC55ES_NL Netherlands
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User Manual: DTC-55ES.PDF

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Sony DTC-55ES Service Manual (DTC-55ESSM.PDF)

Sony DTC-55ES Service Manual

Number of Pages 54 Service Manual: DTC-55ES.PDF
File Size 8.1 MB
Instant Download Yes
Code Language Price Purchase
SMDTC55ES_EN English 10.99 GBP

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