Category:Mid High Fidelity
Country of Manufacture:Japan
Release dates:1987 -
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
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
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.
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 ...it 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!