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Akai GX-285D

Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1973-74)

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Akai GX-285D


The amazing new Akai GX-285D has no equal. Here, for the first time in any reel to reel deck, are Akai's exclusive GX (glass and crystal) heads and an integral Dolby noise reduction system.

It is the ultimate investment in sound reproduction, with many quality features including 3 superbly engineered motors, auto reverse, auto stop/shut off, sound mixing, sound on sound, tape selector switch, dual monitoring, lockable pause control, solenoid operation and more.


Track system: auto reverse, 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

Heads: 1 x record, 1 x play, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.08% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 24kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB

Total harmonic distortion: 1.5%

Crosstalk: 70dB

Input: 150mV (line), 0.8mV (mic)

Semiconductors: 39 x transistors, 32 x diodes

Dimensions: 435 x 460 x 260mm

Weight: 21kg


schematics   English - rolland shake

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Reviewed Jul 26th, 2014 by gautam banerjee

Excellent deck for my home listening system



re: GX-285D

could someone help me by sending an operators manual for Akai reel to reel tape deck model : GX-285D

thanks and regards

re: GX-285D

I have an opportunty to acquire a gx 285d, it appears to function in all particulars except the the machine is totally unrsponsive to the 5 switch panel which controls fwd ffwd stop rew and fast rewind. these are the square plastic buttons shown in the photo. I fear it may impossible to replace or repair this part. Can anyone help me find out if it is possible to repair this unit???

re: GX-285D

I too am looking for a service manual for this deck. Please upload if you have one!

re: GX-285D

I am looking for a user's manual for Akai GX-285D reel to reel tape recorder, if you have one please share a copy.

Thank you

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