Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1965 - 1968
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Dimension: 15½ x 10 x 8½ (394 x 254 x 216mm)
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 40 - 14kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 7½ ips, 0.25% at 3¾ ips & 0.35% at 1 ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
Weight: 36 lbs (16.4kg)
A rather less-common (and rarely seen today) Akai, the 44S was a departure from the classic ‘M’ series recorders. Utilizing the deck from the better known M-8 but with more compact tube 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.
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 / quarter-track stereo