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Sound Rating: 3.6 / 10 # Owners: 5
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Brand: Otari


Category:Mid High Fidelity


Electronics:Solid State

Equalization:NAB , IEC

Country of Manufacture:Japan

Release dates:1987 -

Tracks:1/2 Rec/Play+1/4PB

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

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 4

Dimension: 21" X 17" X 11"

Head Composition: Ferrite/Glass, Metal

Head Configuration: Stereo - Stacked

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): Multi

Outputs: XLR Balanced

Frequency Response:22Hz to 21KHz +/- 1.0 db

Wow and Flutter:0.05

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:68 db

Sound quality rating:9 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 10/ 10

Weight: 65 lbs

Additional Details


The Otari MX-5050 BII-2 is a professional studio Mastering Reel To Reel, using quarter inch tape. It has a Direct Drive Capstan that is Servo Controlled (NO DRIVE BELTS). The B II-2 model operates at all three standard speeds: 15, 7 1/2 and 3 3/4 ips …PLUS it is has defeatable Variable Pitch available at all three speeds. Variable pitch is also available in both recording and playback modes. Built-in test tones and front panel trimmers allow you to calibrate the record bias, levels and equalization for any tape, in less that a minute.

The machine uses standard quarter inch tape on 5, 7 and 10 1/2 inch reels. This is the Half-Track 2 Channel version, with 4-Track 2 Channel playback …accomplished with a simple flip of a switch under the “flip-up” head cover. All recordings are performed in Half-Track mode.

The “compact”, all-in-one configuration in perfect for on location recording …no truck required.


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After using and/or owning most of the serious tape recorders that were available in the U.S., I have found the Otari MX-5050BII-2 to be the most perfect deck available for the vast majority of my needs. What more could anyone ask can play all quarter track and 2-Track tapes (NAB and IEC) at all three standard speeds, produce the sweetest sounding half-track recordings ever, is a dream to maintain and most replacement parts are still available. That's an easy win, win, win!

Sound Quality Rating: 9/10
Long-term Reliability Rating: 10/10
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