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Akai M-8

Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1963)

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Akai M-8


The Akai M-8 is a reel to reel tape recorder with cross-field biasing system and all valve amplification.


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

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 speed hysteresis synchronous

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.15% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 25kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 40dB

Total harmonic distortion: 2%

Crosstalk: 53dB

Output: 0.8V (line)

Speakers: 2 x 4"

Valve complement: 2 x EF86, 2 x 12AX7, 2 x 6BQ5, 2 x 6X4, 1 x 6AR5

Dimensions: 510 x 340 x 226mm

Weight: 21.5kg

Year: 1963


schematic   English - intensate

service manual   English - idealist

flyer   English - F.L. Laanen

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Reviewed Nov 01st, 2015 by Neville Dipell

In my opinion, this is probably the best tape recorder ever made.

Reviewed Jun 01st, 2015 by jazzytimes

Bought my machine in 1964,I just got married,and the wife wasn't too happy with this expensive purchase,today when I play back the voices of our children 50 years ago on this old M8 it's like I recorded them yesterday!

Reviewed Mar 31st, 2014 by ronald57

Akai M8. I was cleaning up my dads old garage when I stumbled across his old M8 along with the original Akai SS55 Speakers. It must have been sitting there unused and carefully covered for over 30years. I was amazed when I plugged it in and listened to his old Italian and latin love songs. Can anyone advise if this is a collectors item. I'd like it to go to someone that will appreciate it.

Reviewed Apr 20th, 2013 by mercuryoak2

i own one and love this machine. replacing a motor run capacitor soon



re: M-8

Just picked up one of these beasties. Not exactly the last word in accuracy (although I've yet to service it to be fair) but seems incredibly warm and musical.

Shame to see so many of these being cannibalized for the pre-amps.

re: M-8

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