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Sony PCM-R500

Sony PCM-R500 Professional DAT Recorder


The Sony
PCM-R500 DAT Recorder was introduced in July 1997.

The Sony
PCM-R500 is a 2 head rugged DAT recorder with enough features to satisfy even the most demanding professional, Sony's PCM-R500 offers balanced XLR analog, as well as AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital I/O.

PCM-R500 also employs a durable 4 direct-drive motor tape transport for reliability and Super Bit Mapping noise shaping for better utilization of the high quality 20-bit resolution A/D converters.
A popular jog-shuttle knob is also featured.

PCM-R500's transport ensures stability of the tape path and accurate tension control to increase the recorder's durability. The unit's four main motors are controlled independently by software servo. In addition to providing a more stable tape run, the 4-direct drive motor transport mechanism eliminates the need for drive belts. The PCM-R500 is also equipped with Auto Head Cleaning for improved sound quality.

PCM-R500's audio interface includes digital I/O (AES/EBU, XLR, S/PDIF, RCA pin) and analog I/O (Balanced/XLR, Unbalanced/RCA pin). The unit also sports a 2-mode Din 8-pin remote. Additional features include Timer Play and MENU/AMS Dial.

Sony's Super Bit Mapping (
SBM) encoding system is a form of digital processing that converts the superior-resolution audio signals from a 20-bit resolution A/D into 16-bit signals, which can then be recorded onto DAT tape. This process retains much of the original source's sound quality, bringing even higher audio quality to the l6-bit resolution DAT format.

PCM-R500 had a suggested list price of 1,750 US Dollars or (1595 GBP).


  • High-Reliability 4 D.D. Transport: Transport mechanism is equipped with four direct drive motors for an extremely stable tape path.
  • Simple Operation: Easy operation with Shuttle and Jog Dial ensure easy system operation; use the Shuttle for easy fast forward and rewind, or the Jog Dial for convenient AMS/Program Number.
  • Flexible setup menu: Flexible setup menu for preference selection; user can access ID6 status, AES/EBU Start ID On/Off, Program Time Display (On/Off), level Sync Off/On, IEC Start ID On/Off, IEC CD-Q On/Off, level sync threshold, date/time, and more.
  • Remote Controllable: Utilize either the 8-pin DIN parallel remote control interface or the included wireless remote commander.
  • Wide Range of Audio Interface Options: The PCM-R500 offers both AES/EBU & SPDIF digital I/O, and +4 XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced analog I/O.
  • Super Bit Mapping In the A/D circuitry: The Super Bit Mapping (SBM) allows better utilization of the high-quality 20-Bit A/D converters by noise shaping the 20-bit dynamic range down to the standard 16-Bit dynamic range of the DAT format.
  • R-Core transformer for reduced leakage flux.
  • Independent Channel 1/Channel 2 recording level volume controls to eliminate cross talk.


* Analog Input/Output - Balanced (XLR), Unbalanced (RCA Pin)
* Digital Input/Output - AES/EBU (XLR), coaxial (RCA Pin)
* Number of channels - 2
* Tape format - Digital Audio Tape
* D/A resolution - Standard: 16 bit, Long Play: 12 bit
* Recording time - Standard: 120 Min, Long Play: 240 Min (w/ 120 min tape)
* Sample rates - 48kHz, 44.1kHz, 32kHz
* Frequency response - 20-20kHz(+/-.5dB), Long Play: 20-14.5kHz (+/-.5dB)
* S/N Ratio - >90dB
* Wow & Flutter - THD - Below measurable limits
* Phones - THD - Stereo phone jack
* Remote Interface - THD - Parallel DIN 8p-pin
* Weight - THD - Approx 7.2kg
* Dimensions - THD - 482(W) X 145(H) X 335(D) mm

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Sony PCM-R500 User Manual (PCM-R500.PDF)

Sony PCM-R500 User Manual

Number of Pages 34 User Manual: PCM-R500.PDF
File Size 1.6 MB
Instant Download Yes
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UMPCMR500_EN English
Operating Instructions
5.99 GBP

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UMPCMR500_DE German
5.99 GBP

User Manual: PCM-R500.PDF

UMPCMR500_FR French
Mode d'emploi
5.99 GBP

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Sony PCM-R500 Service Manual (PCM-R500SM.PDF)

Sony PCM-R500 Service Manual

Number of Pages 76 Service Manual: PCM-R500.PDF
File Size 7.9 MB
Instant Download Yes
Code Language Price Purchase
SMPCMR500_EN English 10.99 GBP

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