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Akai GX-365D

Professional Stereo Tape Deck

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Akai GX-365D


The Akai GX-365D features a glass and crystal ferrite head, 4-track stereo/monaural focused field head recording system, three heads, three motors, automatic record level control, automatic continuous reverse and a magnetic brake.


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

Heads: 1 x record, 1 x play, 1 x erase

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Equalization: NAB

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12  15 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.04% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 28kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 55dB

Total harmonic distortion: 1.5%

Crosstalk: 45dB

Input: 70mV (line), 70mV (DIN), 0.7mV (mic)

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

Semiconductors: 46 x transistors, 21 x silicon diodes, 11 x germanium diodes

Dimensions: 470 x 410 x 280mm

Weight: 25.5kg


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Reviewed Apr 05th, 2016 by laurencerose

I have owned this tape deck for over 40 years. I was told by a factory representative at the time that I purchased it that it was originally designed to be a video recorder, but was changed to be an audio recorder because of a lack of demand for video recorders at that time. Individual frequency response readouts were supplied with each deck, indicating its record/playback capability. It is a beautiful unit which sounds great. The one that I purchased came with a wood cover that can be removed when the unit is in use.



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Ding . I bought mine in 2002 the year my second son was born. I bought it at a pawn shop for about $229. It didn't come with the original real or the manual of course, but it gave me great service even up till now of this year. I had the same model but it was a 365 with the speakers. I have bought that one when I was in my last year in high school in 1989m I only have that model for all of your few months because the resistors incapacitated had blew out in the circuit boards. Can you believe I can run my cell phone into the line input where I can do my own music and recorded on to 7 inch tapes? I've been doing this for years....

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I bought mine 2 years ago in a second hand shop. For $20 I got the deck, the original Akai reel, and it came in the original factory card board carton! The unit plays beautifully, and all I did was clean the heads really well. The alternate capstan sleeve and pinch roller are present as well! Pretty darn good for a 4 speed machine!
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Hi ynpguy,
Nice akai you got there. I also recently bought one but mine has some issues unlike yours.
I bought replacement transistors to replace the 2sc458 and take it from there.
I haven't used it since I bought it because I don't want to cause any more problems to the deck, more than likely it will need recapping.
I also bought an Akai M10 and I should have not done that but oh well such is the disease.
On the M10 I replaced the 2sc458 and it is still having problems so more work is required.


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re: GX-365D a workhorse!

I too got mine 40 years ago, brand new. I've used it up to the point that it wouldn't play anymore. I decided to ship it to Classic Audio Repair, in San Diego, all the way from Brazil, because back then I hadn't yet found a tech capable of dealing with these extraordinary stereo equipment. And the guys at Classic Audio Repair did a great job at bringing it back to life. I've since bought another GX365D which is undergoing a complete overhaul too. This was the first "professional tape recording deck" I had, and still enjoy its great sound.

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