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Technical Details

Brand: Otari


Category:Super High Fidelity (Reserved for top-end recorders)


Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates: -

Original Price: $1695

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 4

Dimension: 527 x 430 x 225mm

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v, 220-240v

Frequency Response:15 ips: 30 Hz to 22 kHz ( 2dB)

Wow and Flutter:less than 0.05% (NAB)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:66 dB

Sound quality rating:8 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10

Weight: 24kg

Additional Details


The MX-5050 was a professional tape deck with 10½ inch reel capacity and three motors. A total of four heads were fitted.  A sophisticated electronically controlled transport utilizing a hysteresis synchronous  or DC Servo motor, depending on the model, for the capstan drive and two motors for the reels, ensured extremely smooth  safe tape handling.
Other features included built-in splicing block, electronic 4-digit postion indicator, cueing lever for fast position location, adjustable bias and heavy-duty XLR sockets for line inputs.
Otari released the MX-5050B version in 1978, the MX5050 B III in 1990 and many other variations.

MX5050B-2H 15, 7.5ips, 4 Heads 2 Track Rec, 4 Track pb, hysteresis synchronous motor

MX5050B-2HD same as above with DC Servo motor

MX5050B-2L 7.5ips, 3.75 4 Heads 2 Track Rec, 4tr pb, hysteresis synchronous motor

MX5050B-2LD 7.5ips, 3.75 4 Heads 2 Track Rec, 4tr pb, same as above with DC Servo motor

MX5050B-4L 15, 7.5ips, 4 Heads 4 Track Rec, 2tr pb, hysteresis synchronous motor

MX5050B-4LD same as above with DC Servo motor

MX5050B-FHD 15, 7.5ips, 4 Heads Full Track Rec, 2tr pb, DC Servo motor

MX5050B-FLD 7.5ips, 3.75, 4 Heads Full Track Rec, 2tr pb, DC Servo motor

MX5050 BQII 4 Channel

OTARI MX5050 MKIII-8   1/2″ 8 Track

Additional Info

Hum and noise: / Crosstalk: greater than 55 dB / Harmonic distortion: less than 1% at 1 kHz at 200 nW / m / Bias frequency: / Erase ratio: / Semi-conductors: / Rewind speed: / Inputs: -15 dBm line, -70 dBm microphone / Outputs: +4 or -10 dBm- / Dimensions: 21½ x 21 x 17″ (546 x 533 x 432 mm) with 10½ inch reels / Weight: 51 lbs (23 kg) / quarter-track stereo


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