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Akai 1730-SS

Surround Stereo Tape Recorder

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Akai 1730-SS


Track system: 4-track, 4-channel, stereo/multi channel system

Heads: 1 x record, 1 x playback, 2 x erase

Motor: 2 speed hysteresis synchronous

Reel size: 5 or 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.15% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 22kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 48dB

Total harmonic distortion: 2%

Crosstalk: 40dB

Input: 40mV (line), 20mV (DIN), 0.4mV (mic)

Output: 1.228V (line)

Output power: 5 watts

Dimensions: 450 x 420 x 240mm

Weight: 17kg



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Reviewed Oct 17th, 2015 by

Back in the late 60 and early 1970s when I was a teenager, if you had a good reel to reel deck and a friend with a lot of hip albums you had reached Nirvana. Unfortunately I had neither and always wanted a reel to reel. After I grew up and then old I caught the reel to reel bug again after finding an Akai X-5000W at a Goodwill Outlet store for $6 and enjoying it more than a secret sin, I decided to set my sites a little higher and bought an Akai 1730-SS on eBay just to have fun with Quadraphonic. I knew it was nowhere near the Akai top of the line, but for what i paid for it it didn't matter. It of course had a few little issues that were quickly addressed. It is an amazing toy with excellent response on all four channels. I managed to find a new unopened Ampex tape and I took it to a party at a small rented hall and had a mic near each corner and after recording the party ambiance, I played it back through four speakers near the location of the mics and everyone was amazed at how life like that old machine sounded. (Old is okay, isn't it Peyton?) Some unusually perceptive individuals even said with surprise it sounded more lifelike than digital (well DUHHH). Later I played Blood Sweat and Tears Greatest Hits on the deck through the internal speakers in a small room with a few present and they remarked how good the two small speakers on the side sounded. Very life like. Can't beat analogue.



re: 1730-SS

Does anyone know why the take up reel will not take up the tape in play and the fast forward selector will not engage to fast forward

re: 1730-SS

Can be a desintegrated cam(s) common isue there made of bad potmetall behind the play and ff knob. Check take faceplate off after first removing all knobs levers screws switches rollers headblock plate .
If thats the case and you got all pieces and screws
1) try glue it together with JDmelt and check if it workes.
2) Better try to source on ebay intact used or nos sparecams.
3) if you cant find intact camms, google akai reel to reel replacement cams and or on ebay.com USA . There are aftermarket ones made out of very strong black nylon sold per complete set only $160,- USA ex (global) shipping . (screws and baring balls not included hence keep all the bits and pieces of your old cams)
4 ) or have new cams milled, potted out of messing coppper or steel, or 3d printed out of metal or a hard durable plastic! By yourselve or a third party!

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re: 1730-SS

I couldn't agree more. I have one that's been in storage for a long time and it still works. needs totally deoxed of course. I have the internal speakers too. It plays and sounds great as it is but will be cleaned and adjusted as necessary.

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