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Akai GXC-46D

Cassette Stereo Tape Deck (1973-75)

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Akai GXC-46D


The most perfect cassette recording in the world today is attained with the GXC-46D.

It combines Akai's exclusive automatic distortion reduction system with Dolby to eliminate all high frequency distortion above 8kHz.

Fully equipped with tape selector switch, over level switch for high volume recording, automatic stop, pause control and two heads, including Akai's exclusive GX recording/playback head.


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: hysteresis synchronous outer rotor type

Tape Type: type I, CrO2

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 18kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.12%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 2%

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

Output: 0.775V (line)

Dimensions: 410 x 132 x 294mm

Weight: 7.2kg


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Reviewed Mar 02nd, 2019 by

I had this cassette deck for many years, got it from a friends’ father for doing some work on his house. It was an impressive piece of kit with a huge flywheel under the capstan and a dolby B where I impressed my friends as you could not hear any high tone reduction whilst you heard all the noise go away. There was a separate dolby r print in the deck’s internal which size was something like 10” by 3” and full of components! Heavy, robust, in the end it was worn and I gave it away.

Reviewed Jan 15th, 2015 by

Beautiful finish, appears very nice. Decent sound, on par with cheap tape decks. Mine seems to run 5 percent fast. No obvious adjustment for this problem.



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re: GXC-46D

After nearly two years of use, the sound has been improving. I suppose I'm making peace with it. I feel I rated it at least one star too low last year.

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