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Akai GX-220

Stereo Tape Deck

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Akai GX-220

Specifications

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

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

Motor: 2 x 6-pole eddy current outer router

Reel size: 3, 5 or 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.1% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 24kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 48dB

Total harmonic distortion: 2%

Crosstalk: 43dB

Input: 50mV (line), 5mV (DIN), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 1.23V (line), 0.4V (DIN)

Output power: 10 watts

Speakers: 4" round type

Dimensions: 430 x 425 x 230mm

Weight: 22.2kg

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Reviewed Jul 01st, 2017 by kronborg

I have owned one of these decks for 20 years now. Got it back when reel tape machines were just above garbage in most peoples minds. It does need some service now though, but all minor issues all related to age, and not weaknesses. The transport runs smooth and quiet.
This is a high end deck for 7 reels and the sound quality is on par with some of the better hifi tape recorders. Mechanics are nice too, good strong reel motors and winds most tapes fast, gentle and even.

Only downside is that it has a relatively high output signal (approx +4dBu at 0VU), that with hot recordings can be just a bit too much for some amplifiers (or the electronics in the recorder itself). It will seem louder than most other tape decks playing same tapes. This can be modified to match other sources by a qualified technician.

 

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