Country of Manufacture:Japan
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:( 3dB): 7½ ips: 35Hz - 24kHz 3¾ ips: 40Hz - 16k Hz 1 ips: 45Hz - 7.5k Hz
Wow and Flutter:0.12% at 7½ ips, 0.16% at 3¾ ips, 0.22% at 1 ips
Sound quality rating:5 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 5 / 10
Introduced in 1970, the
X-5000 was a three-head (erase, crossfield bias and record/play combination
head) quarter-track stereo tape deck with a seven inch reel capacity.
The unit featured a single hysteresis synchronous two-speed motor which
gave three tape speeds (7½ , 3¾ & 1
ips) in conjunction with a removable capstan sleeve and an optional fourth
speed (15 ips) was available by means of a larger capstan sleeve and smaller
pinch roller set.
Features included the Akai crossfield bias system, a three mode equaliser
switch, all silicon transistor/IC 4 watt RMS per channel amplifier, two
7 x 5 in speakers, automatic shut-off and two microphone and line inputs.
Available in two versions, W (wood finish) and L (wood covered in leatherette)
this unit was not sold in large quantities and is seldom seen nowadays.