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Akai AA-1115

Stereo Receiver (1979-80)

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Akai AA-1115

Specifications

Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 15 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 70kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

Damping factor: 30

Input sensitivity: 3mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 90dB (line)

Channel separation: 50dB (MM)

Output: 150mV (line), 30mV (DIN)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 480 x 128 x 268mm

Weight: 5.8kg

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Reviewed Sep 15th, 2018 by RolandTR505

This was my first receiver back in 1980. I bought it in a set, together with a turntable (Akai AP-100C) and some Akai bookshelf speakers, which I don't remember the model number on. I did not like the speakers and changed them immediately to a pair of floorstanding Technics SB-5000. Now everything fell in place! I really liked this receiver and used it daily for many years. For some reason I sold it in the late eighties and bought a Nad 3020B together with a Nad tuner instead.
After this, it did not take long for the 'upgrade devil' to show his ugly face. Bigger amplifiers from Nad, Denon and Technics made visits in my apartment. Turntables from Rega, Thorens and Linn entered the former place of the Akai AP-100C. Speakers from Boston, Mirage and JBL replaced the SB-5000.
I was just thinking about buying a new (expensive) amplifier again, when this journey took an interesting turn when I spoke to a friend about vintage hifi. We came to the conclusion that old hifi gear seems to have a different type of sound than new gear. Is it just nostalgia, imagination or is it something else?

I decided to go back to basics and started to search for a used AA-1115. It did not take very long to get one. The price was low (about 30 USD) and the condition was excellent. I just needed to lift the lid and blow off some dust from the interior, then it was ready to go. And what a reunion! Love from the first tone! It is amazing how this low powered receiver can give such a big, smooth sound when matched with the right speakers! Yes you've guessed it, I have layed my hands on a pair of Technics SB-5000 too!

A lot can be said about which gear has the best sound, but it certainly is something special about these classic receivers. Besides the most important factor, the smooth warm sound that seems to be typical for this era, they also have a look and feel that most new equipment does not have. The buttons and the face plate are all metal. The top is made of wood. The tuner scale is lit up by bulbs. And the list could be much longer. In comparison I looked at a new Nad in a store, which wasn't cheap. All the buttons and the face plate made of plastic. I don't think that I want to walk that road anymore.
Just one more thing before I go: If you have the chance to buy an Akai AA-1115, don't hesitate, grab it!

 

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