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Akai 1710

Stereo Tape Recorder

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Akai 1710


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)

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

Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 9 inches

Weight: 15kg



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Reviewed Sep 24th, 2015 by

I have had a dozen reel to reel decks over the years, TEAC, Sony etc, but none have the amazing lifelike quality sound of the Akai X-5000W I have had for a few years now. It is the internal speakers on the side kind. I recently picked up a 1710W untested for $5 at an antique store. I figured if it didn't work, so what. This has two aluminum doors on the sides to focus the sound of the speakers. I thought they were installed by the owner, but I discovered from pictures on the internet that it came that way from Akai. I cleaned it up and lubricated it before I played it, and it sounded amazing like the other Akai, the bonus being that this one is tube driven. I did have to clean the volume/tone pots on this one like I had to on the other Akai, but Blood Sweat and Tears Greatest Hits running on 3.5 IPS sounds really high quality coming out of the speakers on the side. These are the best reel to reel decks I have ever had and are nothing short of amazing.



re: 1710

Not this model, but I bought one in Tokyo, in 1959, at a shop near the Tokyo Tower.
It was shipped to the US free for me by the army, and was a two-unit machine, with a second amplifier in the side unit. Total weight was 56 pounds. A demo tape was included, which featured the opening theme from Wagner's Also Sprach Zarathustra, which became the main theme of the movie 2001. A Space Odyssey. It was a wonderful, rugged machine, with absolutely gorgeous sound.

re: 1710 (same as 1630)

I have not 100% confirmed it yet, but this model very closely resembles the model 1630 recorder.
I have the amplifier section only, but so far it looks identical.


re: 1710

I used to listen to my father's 1710 for hours as a kid. He just gave it to me, along with hours of music. It still works great, almost thirty years since the last time it powered on!

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