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Akai Reel To Reel Tape Recorders in the MOMSR Collection

Year
Model
Ad
Unit in Museum collection
Specifications

1958

Akai Terecorder

1971 ad announcing Akai's availability in the US

(Akai was not sold in US until 1971)

 

Akai Terecorder

 

 

  • Freq Response
  • Signal to Noise
  • Speed 7.5 ips
  • Motors 1
  • Reels 7"
  • Timing accuracy
  • Weight
  • Price

 

 
1959
Akai Stereo Terecorder
Akai produced over 100 models of reel to reel tape recorders.  This is one we had not seen previously.  When stereo came along, it looks like Akai created their first stereo recorder by adding a 2 track head, stereo outputs and a second smaller unit to house the second channel electronics and speaker.  This unit has a switchable head to go from Full track to 2 channel Half track.  Pretty cool unit.  Most unusual styling.

 

AkaiStereoTerecorder in Phantom Productions' vintage reel tape recorder collection

 

  • Freq Response
  • Signal to Noise
  • Speed 7.5 ips
  • Motors 1
  • Reels 7"
  • Timing accuracy
  • Weight
  • Price
 
1965
Akai 33D & R220
1965 Manual cover of the Akai 33D reel tape recorder deck and its companion 220R amplifier in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

AkaiStereoTerecorder in Phantom Productions' vintage reel tape recorder collection

 

  • Freq Response 30 - 20 kHz
  • Signal to Noise 45db
  • Speed 3.75 & 7.5 ips
  • Motors 3
  • Reels 7"
  • Timing accuracy 0.1%
  • Weight 53 lb total (33 lb deck & 20 lb amp)
  • Price

More information

 
1967
Akai X-300 
Comparison of Akai Rheem Califone & Roberts 500 reel tape recorders relaeased in 1967

 

picture of Akai X-300

This recorder was produced in 1967 under the Akai, Rheem and Roberts names.  In the above picture, that's our Roberts on top and the Akai below.  Click here to see the listings for the Rheem and Roberts. Roberts 5000X  listing in 1968 Allied Radio catalog

 

  • Freq Response 25 -25,000
  • Signal to Noise 50 db
  • Speed  3.75 & 7.5 ips
  • Motors 3
  • Reels 10.5"
  • Timing accuracy 0.03 db
  • Weight 70 lb
  • Price $699.95
 
1973
Akai GX-400D-SS
1973 ad for the Akai GX-400D-SS reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

Akai GX-400D-SS 4 channel professional reel to reel tape recorder  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

  • Freq Response 20 - 27,000
  • Signal to Noise 55 db
  • Speed 3.75, 7.5 & 15 ips
  • Motors 3
  • Reels 10.5"
  • Timing accuracy 0.035%
  • Weight 70 lb
  • Price $1,495
 
1981
Akai GX-77
1982 ad for the Akai GX-77 in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

picture of Akai GX-77 reel tape recorder

A Broadcast engineer shared that this Akai and several others of the last high end recorders were built for Akai by Fostex...interesting.

  • Freq Response 25 - 33,000
  • Signal to Noise 65 db
  • Speed 3.75 & 7.5
  • Motors 3
  • Reels 7"
  • Timing accuracy 0.04%
  • Weight 48 lb
  • Price $775
 
1981
Akai GX-747
1982 Akai GX-747 reel to reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection
picture of Phantom productions Akai GX-747 reel tape recorder
  • Freq Response 25 - 33,000
  • Signal to Noise 65 db
  • Speed 3.75 & 7.5 ips
  • Motors 3
  • Reels 10.5"
  • Timing accuracy 0.03%
  • Weight 65 lb
  • Price $1,200
 

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