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Akai 1720W

Mignon Stereo Tape Recorder

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Akai 1720W


The Akai 1720W features 4-track stereo/monaural recording/playback system, automatic shut off, tape lifter and a four hour stereo recording capacity with a 1200ft tape.


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

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%

Output power: 8 watts

Semiconductors: 14 x silicon transistors

Dimensions: 355 x 360 x 240mm

Weight: 13.4kg

Finish: wooden case


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re: 1720W

This was my first foray into high fidelity when I was a new teenager. I could take it over to friend's houses and record their albums. The built-in amp and speakers meant it was an all in one solution when I returned home with my new music collection. My next addition was a pair of speakers that I connected to the jacks on the rear. This was a big step up in sound quality, even though the built-in speakers were great for what they were. After speakers a Sansui AU-555A Integrated Amp was another leap in sound quality and formed the basis for my system for many years to come. I added a Sansui Tuner and a Technics turntable and was the envy of my friends. I stil have the speakers and Sansui Integrated amp but gave away the rest of the system when I upgraded down the road.

re: 1720W

Trying to repair AKAI 1720W RTR deck, in which the R/W head has become detached from its housing. It is not obvious how it should be attached and it's not clear from the service manual, kindly available on this site. The vertical plate on the housing has two small holes about 1.5 cm apart, but no tapped holes on the head itself. Surely it wasn't just glued to the vertical plate? There is also a small piece of what looks like insulation which has become detached, with two small holes, also about 1.5cm apart, but it does not look as if it should fit between the head and the vertical plate. If it fits on the other side i.e. head/plate/ insulation, it's not obvious what useful function it would perform.
I have added two photos to help explain. If anyone can advise on how this head should be attached, I would be very appreciative. Everything else seems to be in GWO.
Barry Phillips.

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