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Akai GXR-82D

8 Track Cartridge Tape Recorder (1973-76)

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Akai GXR-82D


Type: 2-head, single deck

Track System: 8-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 9.5 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: 1 x 2 speed induction

Frequency Response: 50Hz to 16kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio: 47dB

Wow and Flutter: 0.25%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 3%

Input: 50mV (line), 0.5mV (mic)

Output: 1.228V (line)

Dimensions: 346 x 135 x 266mm

Weight: 8.2kg


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re: GXR-82D

I used to use this to record albums, cassettes and other 8-track albums for my collection. It did an absolutely awesome job of that. I read the specs on the unit here and don't remember them being as bad as stated here. You see, the sound was superb and the background noise was so low I swear it was better than the original recordings. I attribute the low noise to the glass X'tal head. The neatest part was I would record the album a little 'hot' and you didn't have to crank the amp up to get decent volume. Back then, too many recordings, in whatever format, were recorded so low, you would have to crank you amp up so much that the background hiss was really annoying. This little gem of an 8-track player would all but eliminate that. It was really that good.

Here's an anecdote of my experience with the GXR-82D: Mine blew up when I put the probes of a 10 kilohm impedence multimeter (a cheap one) across the incandescent lamp by the tape PAUSE button that had blown out. Somehow, that fed 110 V ac back into the preamps of the GXR-82D...killing them. I was heartsick. I never had the time to troubleshoot that (information on troubleshooting and parts were old-school and impossible to find in 1979...and obviously my skill level was not up to the task). I had purchased the schematics in 1986, but they were on microfiche...so I couldn't read them. I gave up and bought two decks in 2006 and 2007 and replaced the drive belts.

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