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Akai 1700

Stereo Tape Recorder

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Akai 1700

Specifications

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

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 speed induction

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.2% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 40Hz to 18kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 40dB

Total harmonic distortion: 4%

Crosstalk: 55dB

Output: 0.7V (line)

Speakers: 2 x 5x7"

Valve complement: 2 x 12AT7, 2 x 6BM8

Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 9 inches

Weight: 15kg

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Reviewed Aug 24th, 2019 by jammonz

These were made in 1968 and the vacuum tubes are still available on ebay, amazon.com, etc. I am impressed with how well built these are. They would have to be in order to last this long even if the original owners hadn't flogged it or if they did. It doesn't show any signs of wear and the belts have either been changed over the last decade or they have been preserved very well!
My main reason for writing this was to relay my thoughts on the build quality, but I will tell more as I use it for every day use on my stereo system instead of its own amp and speakers. They aren't bad for what they were meant, but when added to a hifi system, they are really supposed to be better than any cd or lp in comparison. From what I remember from the mid 70's was Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on R 2 R and it was amazing! You could even hear the ending of the recording where it is spoken word. Something like..........there's no dark side of the moon really, in fact it's ALL dark. Most people are unaware that was on the LP and other recordings....you have to have very sensitive hifi stereo system to be able to hear or just crank up the volume before the heartbeat ends, LOL!

 

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