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Akai GX-220D

Stereo Tape Deck

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Akai GX-220D


Up to now in manufacturing recording/playback heads, permalloy has been used for making the core and metallic foil has been used for making the gap.

However, for the model GX-220D Akai has developed a glass and Xtal (crystal) ferrite head.

The core is made of pure crystal ferrite in addition to which the inner circumference of the head shield (including the core and the gap) is mounted and set in glass.

As a result, the head is not only dust free and wear free, but produces a focused field (the magnetic field is concentrated into a narrow oblong radius) permitting recording without the weakening or erasing of the signal by the bias current.

High frequency signals can be recorded and regenerated as original sound without distortion.


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

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

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.08% (7 12 ips)

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB

Total harmonic distortion: 1.5%

Input: 50mV (line), 7mV (DIN), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 1.23V (line)

Semiconductors: 24 x transistors, 2 x IC, 14 x diodes

Dimensions: 430 x 425 x 230mm

Weight: 19kg


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Reviewed Sep 04th, 2016 by

Just purchased a GX-220D at an estate sale. Spent the good part of 4+ hours tearing it down, cleaning, lubing and deoxing all of the pots. Just hooked it up, and am amazed by the perfect performance and clarity that I am getting out of it. My guess is that this unit had not been used in 20+ year, but now performs flawlessly. I love the vintage gear, it looks and plays like it just rolled off of the production line. You really have to hand it to the Japaneese engineers of the day, who are all probable in their mid to late 70s and engineered this hardware. It's quite amazing, and will probably play for another 100+ years if maintained. Great job Akai! Wish gear was still made to these standards...

Reviewed Jul 27th, 2014 by

Very nice deck, stand-by for my home listening system.



re: GX-220D

New here today as a user; My right channel went out on this machine. Can anyone give me advice as to what is wrong? Thank you

re: GX-220D

Make sure you clean the switches and controls with Deoxit before assuming you have a circuit failure.

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