Category:Super High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates: -
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 4
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 3
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 15 ips: 20Hz to 24kHz
Wow and Flutter:7(RMS): 15 ips: 0.025% 7½ ips: 0.04% 3¾ ips: 0.08%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:half-track playback 61.5dB, rec
Sound quality rating:7 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 9 / 10
The PRO-1000 was a semi-professional deck from Akai, seemingly only made for the US, Canadian &
Japanese markets between 1977 and 1982. None of Akai’s European catalogues from the late 1970’s make any reference to it and no mention of it in any British or Australian literature.
It had separate transport and electronics units which were joined by three cables, enabling them to be placed side by side or with the transport atop of the electronics unit. It had three speeds, half track recording/quarter track playback functionality, four-in, two-out mixer with panning and
many other features, even a pink noise generator plus connections for optional external noise-reduction units.
This was Akai’s only serious venture into the semi-professional market.
play 55.5dB quarter-track playback 58dB / Distortion: less than 1% at all speeds / Tape start time: 0.8 seconds at 15 ips / Erase ratio: 70 dB / Speed tolerance: 0..5% (average) / Rewind speed: 92 seconds 1800ft 7″ reel, 120 seconds for 2400ft / Inputs: Mic: 600 / 10,000 ohms, min input o.3mV Line: 10,000 ohms 0.775V / Outputs: Line: 100 ohms 0.775V / Dimensions: Transport: 19″W x by 16¼ .”H x 11″D (486 x 412 x 284mm) Electronics: 19″W x 12″D x 9″H (486 x 231 x 309mm) / Weight: Transport: 62¼ . lbs (28.3kg) Electronics: 22½ lbs (10.2kg) / half-track stereo record
I've owned two of these over the years and was very surprised that it really doesn't record or playback with sound that is any better than your average higher end Japanese machine. It sells for big money because it's quite rare so might be a good item for a serious collector of rarities but if you're looking for performance, best to look elsewhere.