Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:7½ ips: 60 - 15kHz
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.08 % at 7½ ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5/ 10
An interesting early member of the Akai family. It’s a single motor, all-tube tube design, (6AU6, 6BQ5, 6AR5, 6X4 and 12AD7. with two speeds 3¾ and 7½ ips. Speed change was made by changing the drive capstan. The tube line-up was very similar to the M-6 of 1962 so I’m guessing that this machine was of a similar vintage and specification. The recorder had a built-in mono playback amplifier and a single elliptical speaker to monitor recordings. RCA type (left and right) connections and outputs were provided.
Valve complement: 6AU6, 6BQ5, 6AR5, 6X4 and 12AD7 / Rewind speed: 2½ minutes for 1,200 ft reel / half-track mono