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Brand: Akai


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1965 - 1968

Tracks:1/4 Rec/PB+1/2PB

Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2

Max Reel Size("): 7"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track

# Motors:

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Frequency Response:7½ ips: 40 - 14kHz

Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 7½ ips, 0.25% at 3¾ ips & 0.35% at 1 ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:

Sound quality rating:5 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10

Additional Details


A rather less-common (and
rarely seen today) Akai, the 44S was a departure from the classic ‘M’
series recorders. Utilising the deck from the better known M-8 but with
more compact (still valve) electronics, it was a single motor, quarter-track stereo machine with three speeds. A capstan sleeve was required to attain
7½ ips and a massive flywheel kept wow and flutter to 0.15% at this
highest speed.
A single monitor speaker was mounted in the cabinet. See
test report below for a detailed description of the 44S.

Additional Info

Channel separation: better than 55dB / Valve complement: 2 x 12AX7, 2 x 6BMB, 1 x 6AR5 / Rewind speed: 90 seconds for 1200ft / Audio output power: 3 watts per channel / Speaker(s): single speaker for monitoring / Dimensions: 15½ x 10 x 8½ (394 x 254 x 216mm) / Weight: 36 lbs (16.4kg) / quarter-track stereo


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