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Akai 1710W

Stereo Tape Recorder

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Akai 1710W


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

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 speed induction

Reel size: 3, 5 or 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.18% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 40Hz to 15kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB

Total harmonic distortion: 3%

Crosstalk: 43dB

Input: 150mV (line), 20mV (DIN), 3mV (mic)

Output: 2.5V (line), 2.5V (DIN)

Output power: 4 watts

Semiconductors: 2 x 2SC650, 2 x 2SC458LG

Valve complement: 1 x 12AT7, 2 x 6AR5, 1 x 6CA4

Dimensions: 360 x 345 x 190mm

Weight: 15kg



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Reviewed Aug 23rd, 2015 by Jim From Andros

Hello Everybody
This machine belonged to my father who passed away a year ago. It was out of order and I finally found a technician to repair it. After that I bought tapes to play and some to record to. My impressions are positive for playback and negative for recording. Maybe there is some problem with the tapes which are old enough



re: 1710W

I bought one of these very machines used in the late 80's, or early 1990's for $50 and pair of cheap 2 way bookshelf speakers included, I think from a brand called Sonic if I recall (if I recall, the speakers themselves sounded OK).

Outside of the ability to record in mono, single track, it was a basic deck as far as transport features go, but a nice deck nonetheless.

However, it eventually went bad as the transport lost calibration and would not spool up correctly as the tension loosened up over time causing the tape to spool up very loosely, and the motor began to squeal from a lack of oil.

Overall, it sounded great through the tube amp, and yes, by using 1/2" phone plugs, you can run a pair of external speakers directly off the amp. Since this one is made of wood, there was a metal flap that went over the speakers when in carry mode, but helped to bounce the sound forward.

Wished now I'd taken better care of that old deck.

Today, I now have a TEAC A-4300SX auto reverse deck that is MUCH nicer (and newer) to use, and is currently in fantastic working order as is, though I will go over it eventually to clean, oil and replace the capstan belt for long life.

re: 1710W

Just wanted to let you folks know from experience. I have a Akai 1710 W and the main problem with it and most other recorders from the 1960 era was that they made the control cams for play, rewind and fast forward from what they used to call potmetal. This molded metal looked alot like aluminum but self distructed with age and crumbled. It happened to mine. I hand made a cam for the play with a hacksaw and a file. It took many hours and painful on the hands, but it can be done. I hope this helps someone. Joe

re: 1710W

Thanks for letting me know!

I own one, and two more modern versions (4000DS MKII & X-201D).

As far as I know the 4000DS MKII has the same type of potmetal casts.
Luckily these are still working, but are cracking slowly, I still have to start repairs on the 1710W, knowing the can be replaced with wood gives me hope.

Akai 1710W new purchase.

Nice looking machine, bought mine as is and untested, usual story, probably needs servicing. It does power up and has sound. suspect belts are gone. Need to turn spools by hand (LOL).
Has any one had experience with these machines? Would like to hear from you. Also got a Akai M9 from the same seller. Can't wait to investigate that one as well. Just love these old reel to reels, such a lot of character, they look fantastic in any living room or man cave. Seems alot of people are discovering these classics, now that digital is so mainstream. Have you checked the prices these are fetching now on Ebay etc. Bye 4 now.

re: Akai 1710W new purchase.

May be capacitor C602 is default or needs new belts. Sorry for my bad English and my late reply.

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