Surround Stereo Tape Recorder
Track system: 4-track, 4-channel, stereo/multi channel system
Heads: 1 x record, 1 x playback, 2 x erase
Motor: 2 speed hysteresis synchronous
Reel size: 5 or 7 inch reel
Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.15% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 30Hz to 22kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 48dB
Total harmonic distortion: 2%
Input: 40mV (line), 20mV (DIN), 0.4mV (mic)
Output: 1.228V (line)
Output power: 5 watts
Dimensions: 450 x 420 x 240mm
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Reviewed Oct 17th, 2015 by historian1961
Back in the late 60 and early 1970s when I was a teenager, if you had a good reel to reel deck and a friend with a lot of hip albums you had reached Nirvana. Unfortunately I had neither and always wanted a reel to reel. After I grew up and then old I caught the reel to reel bug again after finding an Akai X-5000W at a Goodwill Outlet store for $6 and enjoying it more than a secret sin, I decided to set my sites a little higher and bought an Akai 1730-SS on eBay just to have fun with Quadraphonic. I knew it was nowhere near the Akai top of the line, but for what i paid for it it didn't matter. It of course had a few little issues that were quickly addressed. It is an amazing toy with excellent response on all four channels. I managed to find a new unopened Ampex tape and I took it to a party at a small rented hall and had a mic near each corner and after recording the party ambiance, I played it back through four speakers near the location of the mics and everyone was amazed at how life like that old machine sounded. (Old is okay, isn't it Peyton?) Some unusually perceptive individuals even said with surprise it sounded more lifelike than digital (well DUHHH). Later I played Blood Sweat and Tears Greatest Hits on the deck through the internal speakers in a small room with a few present and they remarked how good the two small speakers on the side sounded. Very life like. Can't beat analogue.