Sony TCM-20DV Cassette Recorder

Sony TCM-20DV

The TCM-20DV is a 2-track mono Cassette-Corder manufactured by the Sony Corporation in approximately 2000. There were four identical models, which came with different accessory options. The TCM-20DV was the basic one, which came supplied with a hand strap. The other models were TCM-21DV, TCM-22DV, and TCM-23DV. At the time of introduction, the marketing name was PRESSMAN, which became extremely popular with reporters.

The Pressman® Portable Cassette Recorder was 91 mm × 111 mm × 37 mm in size and 273 g in weight. It was light and portable and boasted some new features that the competition did not have. The one unique feature was the Clear Voice sound system, which enhanced voice quality during recording and playback.

The built-in condenser microphone is fairly well isolated from the internal motor noise and does a good job of recording external sounds. There is also the option of installing an external microphone through the side socket.


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The case is rugged and made using a generous amount of plastic. It is very ergonomic in design and shape and fits well within the palm of your hand. The audio circuit uses the LA4168 tape recorder integrated circuit (IC) manufactured by the Toshiba Corporation.

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This unit has a “REC TIME” switch, which doubles the recording capacity of the tape by slowing down the tape speed from 4.8 cm/s to 2.4 cm/s.

VOR

The Voice Operated Recording (VOR) is a very useful function on this unit. In the VOR mode, the internal processor powers the motor only when there is sound present, thereby saving tape and increasing the recording time.

Pressman Cassette Recorder

Pressman Cassette Recorder

DOUBLE RECORDING TIME

  • VOICE OPERATED RECORDING (VOR)
  • CLEAR VOICE™
  • MIC JACK
  • DC POWER JACK
  • HAND STRAP
  • L/R MONAURAL EARPHONE JACK
  • ONE TOUCH RECORDING
  • LED (BATTERY LEVEL
  • FRONT SPEAKER
  • AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF
  • CUE/REVIEW FUNCTION
  • PAUSE SWITCH
  • STOP PAUSE RELEASE FUNCTION
  • HINGED BATTERY LID

Cost / eBay

The Pressman was extremely popular and it is still a very useable product as a dictation machine. These units were mass-produced and very affordable, in addition, they are very rugged. A used working one in a reasonable condition might fetch six pounds or more. A new one in the original box could fetch considerably more.

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Sony TCM-20DV Cassette Recorder
Sony TCM-20DV Speaker
Sony TCM-20DV Inside
Sony TCM-20DV Motor Drive
Sony TCM-20DV Mechanism
Sony TCM-20DV Tape Transport
Toshiba LA4168
Sony TCM-20DV Back Case & Battery