Sony 1983
Betamax PCM-701ES

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Signal system
Conforms to CCIR television standard, PAL, SECAM color (PAL/SECAM system) or
Conforms to EIA television standard, NTSC color (NTSC system)
Code format
Conforms to the technical specifications of the EIAJ (standard format using 14-bit quantization), or 16-bit quantization format
Number of audio channels
2 channels
Sampling frequency
44.1 kHz (PAL/SECAM system)
44.056 kHz (NTSC system)
14-bit linear quantizing, or 16-bit linear quantizing
Frequency response
10 - 20,000 Hz ±0.5 dB
Harmonic distortion
Less than 0.007% (14-bit format)
Less than 0.005% (16-bit format)
Dynamic range
More than 86 dB (14-bit format)
More than 90 dB (16-bit format)
Channel separation
More than 80 dB
Wow and flutter
Below measurable limit
Error correction
Error correction and concealment using CRCC and parity
Pre-emphasis (on recording): fixed at ON
De-emphasis (on playback) automatically switched ON or OFF (by detecting pre-emphasis identification code)
Time-constant: 50 µsec, 15 µsec


Power requirements
AEP model: 220 V ac (240 V ac adjustable by authorized Sony personnel, 50/60 Hz)
UK model: 240 V ac (220 V ac adjustable by authorized Sony personnel, 50/60 Hz)
US, Canadian model: 120 V ac, 60 Hz
Power consumption
40 W
Approx. 430 x 80 x 375 mm (w/h/d)
(17 x 3¼ x 147/8 inches)
including projecting parts and controls
8.5 kg. (net)
(18 lb. 12 oz.)
9.5 kg. (in shipping corton)
(21 lb.)

0 dB = 0.775 V


Type Reference input level Impedance Minimum input level
LINE IN Phono -10 dB * 50 kilohms 77.5 mV (-20 dB)
VIDEO IN Phono 1 Vp-p 75 ohms -


Type Reference output level Load impedance
LINE OUT Phono -10 dB More than 10 kilohms
MONITOR OUT Phono 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
VIDEO OUT Phono 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
COPY OUT Phono 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
HEADPHONES Stereo phone -24 to -48 dB
Attenuation: 5 steps (24, 18, 12, 6 and 0 dB)
Accepts low impedance headphones