Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 60Hz - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.06% at 7½ ips, less than 0.1% at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:50dB at 7½ ips, 45dB at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
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.
Identical to Roberts Model 400