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Akai GX-95

4 Track 2 Channel Stereo Tape Deck (1990-93)

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Akai GX-95

Specifications

  • Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

    Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

    Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

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

    Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x door

    Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

    Noise Reduction: B, C

    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz  (Metal tape)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

    Wow and Flutter: 0.025%

    Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.6%

    Input: 70mV (line)

    Output: 0.388V (line)

    Dimensions: 460 x 154 x 350mm

    Weight: 10.2kg

    Accessories: remote control

  • Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck

    Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

    Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

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

    Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x door

    Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

    Noise Reduction: B, C

    Frequency Response: 15Hz to 22kHz  (Metal tape)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 74dB  (dolby C)

    Wow and Flutter: 0.025%

    Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.6%

    Input: 70mV (line)

    Output: 0.388V (line)

    Dimensions: 460 x 155 x 350mm

    Weight: 10.1kg

    Accessories: remote control

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Reviewed Dec 03rd, 2016 by Hawkfum

Bought second hand 3 months ago from Emporium Hi Fi. Built like the proverbial tank, the Chuck Norris of cassette decks. An ergonomic delight (with the exception of the ganged rec level pot), all controls operate with a quality that puts a smile on your face.
Recordings are exceptional on all three tape types, speed stability better than any other deck I have ever used, much better than the conservative specs might lead you to believe.
Access to the heads and transport for cleaning is excellent and as a previous contributor has said the heads are nigh on indestructible, certainly the heads on mine look like brand new.
The remote control it a great boon but mine has developed a reoccurring fault, I am awaiting its return hopefully with the fault fixed permanently
One of the few items of Hi Fi that all but the most fussy of people would consider a forever purchase.
9/10, -1 because of that ganged pot.

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Reviewed Sep 04th, 2014 by Thol

I rate this cassette machine a 10 because, if you have not got the dosh, or either the access or finesse to keep a Nakamichi Dragon running — then this is the machine to have. It is brilliant. I have the same machine that was re-badged as an A&D GX-Z9100EX. I bought it used some years ago from a junk reseller. Then I had it checked by a technician who said it was in perfect condition and required no service.

This will maximize the performance of any sort of tape you feed it through its adjustable features. Other places can give you a much better review of the advanced technology in this machine. A lot of its integrity comes in the transport and the metallurgy in its most salient areas. The few machines that belong in the class took the cassette tape medium to its fullest potential.

An prospective owner should be aware that this unit may be sensitive to ground loops. So if you here hum, just be patient and follow the prescriptions for ridding of the dreaded ground loop. Usually, you can just us a different A/C source than your preamp.

 

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re: GX-95

After owning three Nakamichi 582Z, I had to own one of those GX-95. I ended up putting aside the Nak decks and bought two GX-95 and two GX-75, and a GX-65 from that series. They are that addicting. Why so to me?

1. The GX-95 has Dolby HX-Pro, giving a better dynamic range, allowing hotter recording levels;
2. It has an effectively more convenient cal and bias provision built in;
3. It has Super GX heads, which put out good sound and will last probably than any owner. These heads' lifespan alone is worth the trade-off of their signature sound compared with the Nak's, S GX being a bit less warm, grainier marginally, but otherwise faultless audio-wise;
4. It has a remote control coming with it;
5. It uses actually more friendly EQ curves that make tapes made on the Akai decks more listenable on other decks, like JVC KD-A66, Alpine AL-300, Hitachi D-900, Dolby-enoded ones in particular; and
6. Prices of used units never broke the bank.

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