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Otari MX-5050

Professional Tape Recorder (1983-99)

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Otari MX-5050

Description

The MX-5050 series recorders are professional quality two-speed audio tape recorder/reproducers designed for optimum performance and long life.

The MX-5050 units use 1/4-inch tape and are available in 4 different models. The different models, and their application, are determined by the head format.

Among the many professional features of the MX-5050 series are: selective reproduction, motion sensing, an edit control that permits spilling, an adjustable cueing control for audible monitoring in the fast-forward and rewind modes, a built-in two frequency low distortion test and cue-tone oscillator, a computerized elapsed time indicator with a digital LED display, front adjustable record bias, equalization, and level controls, active balanced input and output circuits, a reference flux level indicator on the front amplifier panel, a standard reference level output switch, separate line and microphone input level controls for each channel, switches for recording levels, equalization, microphone, and output level attenuators, play-back equalization pots for each speed, a memory stop for automatically stopping the tape in the rewind mode at a predetermined position, ceramic tape guides, big head housing, lower transport noise, and improved specifications for distortion, erase effect, and signal and noise ratio.

Specifications

  • Track system: 2-track, 2-channel, stereo system

    Heads: 1 x 2T playback, 1 x 4T playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase

    Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

    Reel size: 7 or 10.5 inch reel

    Equalization: NAB, IEC

    Tape speeds: 7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.06% (15 ips)

    Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (15 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 66dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

    Dimensions: 527 x 430 x 225mm

    Weight: 24kg

    Finish: dark grey leather finish

    Accessories: 2 x hub reel hold down, 1 x empty reel, 2 x reel adjusting disc

    Note: 7.5 and 3.75 ips capable

  • Track system: 2-track, 2-channel, stereo system

    Heads: 1 x 2T playback, 1 x 4T playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase

    Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

    Reel size: 7 or 10.5 inch reel

    Equalization: NAB, IEC

    Tape speeds: 7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.06% (15 ips)

    Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (15 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 66dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

    Dimensions: 527 x 430 x 225mm

    Weight: 24kg

    Finish: dark grey leather finish

    Accessories: 2 x hub reel hold down, 1 x empty reel, 2 x reel adjusting disc

    Note: 7.5 and 3.75 ips capable

  • Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo system

    Heads: 1 x 2T playback, 1 x 4T playback, 1 x record, 1 x erase

    Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

    Reel size: 7 or 10.5 inch reel

    Equalization: NAB, IEC

    Tape speeds: 7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.06% (15 ips)

    Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (15 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 62dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

    Dimensions: 527 x 430 x 225mm

    Weight: 24kg

    Finish: dark grey leather finish

    Accessories: 2 x hub reel hold down, 1 x empty reel, 2 x reel adjusting disc

    Note: 7.5 and 3.75 ips capable

  • Track system: 1-track, single channel, monaural system

    Heads: 1 x 2T playback, 1 x mono playback, 1 x mono record, 1 x mono erase

    Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

    Reel size: 7 or 10.5 inch reel

    Equalization: NAB, IEC

    Tape speeds: 7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.06% (15 ips)

    Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (15 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 68dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

    Dimensions: 527 x 430 x 225mm

    Weight: 24kg

    Finish: dark grey leather finish

    Accessories: 2 x hub reel hold down, 1 x empty reel, 2 x reel adjusting disc

    Note: 7.5 and 3.75 ips capable

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Comments

re: MX-5050 Mini Pro

Looking for a service manual for the first generation 5050. With the brushed metal preamp section. I'm think it's nickname is the MiniPro.

re: MX-5050 Mini Pro

Hello, did you find this manual?

I need it too!

re: MX-5050 Mini Pro

Yes, I did locate one and just uploaded it. Once the admin has checked it out it should show up on this page. FYI I got mine working perfectly and it now resides in my studio. It just needed belts and a VU meter (and a good clean/lube).
I still need a black plastic FF button though......

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