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Akai X-201D

Stereo 4-track Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1973-77)

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Akai X-201D


On conventional recorders, the signal and bias are applied to the same recording head.

Therefore, the frequencies recorded, especially high frequency signals, tend to be attenuated or erased by the effect of the bias field.

With the exclusive Akai Cross-Field Head, however, the signal and bias heads are mounted separately in opposition with each other with their centrers slightly off.

As the recorded signal is entirely unaffected by the prevailing effect of the bias field, tape can be recorded over the entire frequency spectrum with maximum fidelity even at low tape speed.


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

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

Motor: 2 x reel drive, 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 26kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 50dB

Total harmonic distortion: 3%

Crosstalk: 45dB

Input: 50mV (line), 5mV (DIN), 0.5mV (mic)

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

Semiconductors: 16 x transistors, 17 x diodes

Dimensions: 358 x 358 x 227mm

Weight: 17kg


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Reviewed Nov 26th, 2014 by pjorgenunes

Love this machine. I've always dreamed to have a reel to reel machine and this works very well.



re: X-201D

After twenty Years Revox, A77 & B77 and many Repairs, this Machine works very well since the Eigthies! My Favorite up to now, lika an VW, und er läuft und läuft... (selling all Revox Years ago)

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