Stereo Tape Recorder
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 7⁄8 3 3⁄4 7 1⁄2 ips
Wow and flutter: 0.2% (7 1⁄2 ips)
Frequency response: 40Hz to 18kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 40dB
Total harmonic distortion: 4%
Output: 0.7V (line)
Valve complement: 2 x 12AT7, 2 x 6BM8
Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 9 inches
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Reviewed Sep 24th, 2015 by historian1961
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.