Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1966 - 1969
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15
Max Reel Size("): 10.5"
Number of heads: 4
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Mono - Full Track
Frequency Response:30 to 24,000 cps ± 3db at 7½ ips. 30 to 18,000 cps ± 3db at 3¾ ips
Wow and Flutter:less than 0.05% RMS at 7½ ips. less than 0.085% RMS at 3¾ ips
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:better than 47 db
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 6 / 10
The X300 was one of the first recorders from Akai to accommodate 10½ ” reels as standard. Earlier models could take the larger reels but needed special outrigger adaptor kits. As the name suggests, the cross-field
bias system was employed and in addition, the X-300 had separate record and playback heads.
Other features included: three independent motors, hysteresis synchronous capstan drive, fast forward and reverse at 45 seconds for 1200ft of tape. Large, positive feel metal piano-key button for transport function and
an excellent frequency response.
The X-300 was a professional deck and priced accordingly (185 GNS in the UK).
Timing Accuracy: ± 0.3% at all tape speeds / Distortion: within 4.0% 1,000 cps 0 VU at 10 watts. (total harmonic). / Crosstalk: less than -82 db (monaural), less than -45 db (stereo). / Bias frequency: 90 Khz / Equalization: correct equalization for playback of tapes recorded to the NAB curve / Rewind speed: 45 seconds for 1,200 feet tape at 50 cycles. 36 seconds at 60 cycles / Audio output power: 25 watts per channel (music power), 20 watts undistorted per channel / Speaker(s): 6 x4″ oval, wide range speakers, one for each channel / Semiconductors: 26 transistors, 5 diodes, 1 rectifier / Input level: MIC – more than 0.5 mV. Line – more than 50mV. / Dimensions: 13½” (H) x 16¼” (W) x 9″ (D) (340 x 410 x 230 mm) / Weight: 46.9 lbs. (21.3 kg) / half-track stereo (quarter-track model also available)