Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1964 - 1967
Original Price: $209
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 60Hz - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.06% at 7½ ips - 0.1% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50dB at 7½ ips, 45dB at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7/ 10
Weight: 65 Ibs (29.5kg)
Aimed at the professional and semi-professional market, the 345 automatic had ‘every device and feature a professional operator would want’ in a tape recorder (according to Akai, anyway!) These included three heads, three motors, automatic reversing, four-track stereo/mono, built-in 20 watt stereo solid state power amplifiers, auto shut-off, remote control, all push-button system and 10½” reel capability (with special outrigger-style adapters.
Three speeds were available. 7½, 3¾ and 15 ips (only possible with accessory capstan and pinch wheel).
Such equipment didn’t come cheap. The 345 cost £209 in the U. K. in 1964.
Price When New USA £209
Tape Speeds 3¾ , 7½ & 15 ips (with accessory capstan & pinch wheel)
Frequency Response 7½ ips: 60Hz – 15kHz – 3¾ ips: 40Hz – 15kHz
Wow & Flutter 0.06% at 7½ ips, less than 0.1% at 3¾ ips
Signal to Noise Ratio 50dB at 7½ ips, 45dB at 3¾ ips
Rewind Speed less than 60 seconds for 1200ft
Weight 65 Ibs (29.5kg)