Sony CV 2200A

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From the Operating Manual and Product Literature


This Operating Manual has been carefully prepared to help you to learn how to make high-quality video recordings and to keep your Videocorder at top operating efficiency. Careful attention to these instructions will ensure peak performance and long operating life.

Your new SONY CV-2200A records pictures (video signals) and sound (audio signals). Recording operations are fully automatic, and recordings can be played back immediately. When used with a separate SONY Monitor/ Receiver, the Videocorder can tape selected (non-copyrighted) programs for viewing at a more convenient time. By adding the Video Camera and Micro-phone, you can tape the sight and sound of your own live performances. Instantaneous playback greatly enhances the enjoyment of this type of "home-movie" entertainment.

Automatic Recording Level Controls (AGO system)
The Audio AGC (automatic gain control) system has been employed in SONY audio tape recorders for some time. This system automatically regulates the audio amplifiers to maintain a nearly constant recording level despite varia-tions in microphone input levels.
Your CV-2200A now adds automatic control of video level. This means that the videocorder automatically adjusts itself to changing levels of video signal from either the TV Monitor or the Video Camera.
These automatic features yield perfect recordings with very little effort. There is no need to watch level meters, as the automatic circuits keep track of video and audio levels for you. The AGC systems can be disabled to provide manual control if you desire.

Simple, Stable Operation
Operation is similar to that of conventional audio tape recorders. Recording and playback functions are controlled by a single knob. Precisely designed circuits, super-sensitive rotating heads, and a servo-control-led drive mechanism assure steady clean pictures and sound. You can scarcely tell the playback picture from the original telecast.

Convenient FacilitiesラEditing and Duplicating Editing facility..... .While the playback operation is in progress, new material from the Video Camera can be added by pressing the EDITING button at the appropriate spot on the recording. This provides a smooth "joint" between old and new material without the need for splicing tape. In addition sound can be added to prerecorded pictures during the playback operation. This makes it possible to add running commentary or background music to visual action that you have recorded at an earlier time. Duplicating facility.. .. . .With the use of the two Videocorders CV-2200A and the SONY Duplicator for Videocorder model VDC-1, you can duplicate a prerecorded tape; the picture and sound of the prerecorded tape are trans-posed automatically onto another tape with the same recording level of the original prerecorded tape. Complete tape interchangeability makes it possible to distribute the same taped material to any place where a SONY Videocorder is available.

Complete Tape Interchangeability
Any tape recorded on the SONY Series CV-2000* Videocorder can be played back on any other CV-2000 Series Videocorder.
*All units with model numbers in the 2000 series.
Improved SONY Video Tape permits one-hour recordings. The tape may be played many times, or the tape may be erased and used to make new recordings over and over again.

Compact and Lightweight
The easy-to-carry Videocorder operates anywhere that 115ラ120 volt house current is available. Little larger than an audio tape recorder, the Videocorder can take the action that you want to record.
High-quality SONY transistors ensure long trouble-free performance with very little power consumption.

Simple Connections
A single plug-in type cable completes all connections between the camera and the Videocorder. Single-cable connections also complete connections between the Videocorder and the Monitors in most cases.

Optional Equipment
All optional SONY accessories, such as the Video Camera, large screen monitors and other items are especially designed to work with your videocorder.

Power requirements: 115-120 V, 60 plus/minus 0.4Hz ac
Power consumption: 60 watts
Ambient temperature: 32 degrees F-105 degrees F
Video recording system; Rotary two-heads slant-track scanning 2:1 inter-laced composite video signal based on American TV standards Magnetic servo control
Transistors, diodes, etc. 63 transistors, 36 diodes, 1 FET

Inputs: 1.4 Vp-p, 75 ohms (unbalanced)
Output: 1.4 Vp-p, 75 ohms (unbalanced)
Resolution : Approximately 220 lines
Signal-to-noise ratio: Greater than 40 dB

Inputs: Microphone input -65dB, 600 ohms, unbalanced Auxiliary input -20 dB, high-impedance unbalanced
Output: Line output 0 dB, high-impedance, unbalanced
Frequency response: 80-10,000 Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio: Greater than 40 dB

Tape speed: 7 ᄑ ips
Tape Width: ᄑ inch
Recording time: 60 minutes, continuously, using V-32 tape (2370ft)
30 minutes, continuously, using V-31 tape (1240ft)
Rewind time & fast forward time: Within 7 minutes

Dimensions: 18 1/8" (W) x 11" (H) x 15 ᄒ" (D)
Weight: 49 lb

Supplied: TapeV-30, Reel RH-7V, Head-and-Ring cleaner set, SONY Oil OL-1K lubricating oil, Polishing cloth, Splicing tape, TV (8-pin) connector, AC (3-pin) power cord, 2-pin plug, 12-pin dummy plug (plugged in the DUPLICATE CONNECTOR

Hz (hertz): Cycles per second
Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Sony CV-2200 & CV-2200A were categorized as editing and duplicating Videocorders.
The "A" units were a variation on the CV-2200, but the two were identical from an operator's perspective. Using a special dubbing cable, model VDC-1, two of these machines could be coupled together for editing or duplicating video tapes. This arrangement allowed the machines to record RF to RF directly from one tape to the other. The term, "RF", refers to the signal just as it goes onto or comes off of the tape right at the video heads. This removes many of the steps and circuits necessary to demodulate it from the playback deck and remodulate it back to RF again in the recorder. This improves the signal quality of copies. Synchronizing signals are taken directly from the player's head drum servo circuits and used to directly control the record machines servo circuits. This method minimizes errors introduced by the mechanical part of the tape transport system, improving time base stability of copies and the servo lock up time of the decks.

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Sony CV 2200A