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Akai 1722W

Handy Compact Stereo Tape Recorder (1975-77)

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Akai 1722W


The Akai 1722W is a robustly constructed complete stereo tape recorder unit with built-in phono amp and large 5 x 7 inch speakers. It is instantly convertible to a full bodied Public Address System.

This model is equipped with a Tape Selector Switch facilitating the use of high performance wide range tape. Setting this switch according to the tape being used adjusts the equalization for better frequency response characteristics.

A new 3-Way Speaker Switch (Mute/Recording Monitor, Normal, PA) provides proper signal output for private headphone listening or monitoring during recording, speaker output, or Public Address System.

In keeping with Akai's top quality parts utilization policy, the 1722W incorporates top quality parts and features robust construction and sturdy mechanism. Our dependable two lever control system ensures further durability.

A special feature of this model is the Automatic Shut-OFF function of the unit. When the Automatic Shut-Off Switch is set to ON position, the power of the entire unit is cut at the end of the tape. A very convenient feature should the recorder be left unattended.

The 1722W is also equipped with pause control for momentarily suspending tape travel during recording or playback. Especially useful for editing tape during recording. Just lift the Pause Lever when a certain portion of the program is not desired. Pause control also permits optimum adjustment and balance of recording level prior to recording for consistent signal level input. Convenient Start Button release.


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

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x 2 speed induction

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.14% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 21kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB

Total harmonic distortion: 2%

Crosstalk: 45dB

Input: 70mV (line), 5mV (DIN), 0.5mV (mic)

Output: 2.3V (line), 1V (DIN)

Output power: 2 watts

Speakers: 2 x 5x7"

Semiconductors: 16 x transistors, 4 x diodes

Dimensions: 358 x 360 x 248mm

Weight: 13.2kg


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re: 1722W


I have AKAI 1722W
any member know about why only 7½ speed is not working.
only 3½ speed work very well but when ever i am trying to run 7½ speed my spool tape is stop working. any one knows how to sort out this problem.
with regards.

re: 1722W


I have the same problem as you and no solution today !
If somebody could help us ?

with regards

re: 1722W

Just throwing this out here, Can this 1722 be used as a "player" for my iPhone, if I plug it in through the line-in using an earphone to RCA adaptor? Or am I not purposing this correctly?
Conversely if it can... what are the settings?

re: 1722W

The "go" button appears to be frozen. Anyone know of repair shop in Middle Tennessee/ Nashville area?

re: 1722W

sorry of this is a silly question but can these babies take 10 inch reels as well as 7 inch, many thanks gurus ;)

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re: 1722W

I am afraid they take only 7' reels. :(

akai 1722L

I am looking for a service/ owners manual for this reel to reel tape recorder.

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Akai -1722

Im uploaded the service manual Akai -1722 - all the luck!

akai 1722 L

hi all,

I have bought nice little machine.. working ok after replacing some of the transistors ..

only thing i can't figure out how to adjust the vu meters thee are not working correct
according to my test tape the are to soft thanks for any help

Akai 1722W

I really hope that somebody has the service manual for this tapedeck?
I also am very happy with this website!

service manual akai 1722w

what is the problem..possible to help you.....

Akai 1722W

Try the service manual for the Akai 4000DS its basically the same mechanically .

Akai 1722W

Thank you for the hint!

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