View Full Version : Akai AA-1050 Receiver


erik92da
04-15-2010, 08:04 PM
Bought this one knowing nothing about it, but upon lifting it at the thrift store, I realized it might be a decent unit. Couldnt see the insides through the case, but it powered up, the relay clicked, and it locked stations in.

I havent seen any definitive specs, but it seems that it is around 50 wpc.

The scary thing is, that it sounds as good as anything else I have. Sounds nearly identical to my Kenwood KA-8100 (and my old KA-9100), and better than my SX-980. Can't believe it actually. Tuner is pretty nice too.

Build quality is top notch inside, has a large heat sink for the power supply transistors, something I have only seen on my NAD 3080. The knobs are thin and the faceplate is clearly a Yamaha ripoff.

Was this Akai's TOTL for this series? Is the 50 wpc rating correct?

Haileyburian
04-15-2010, 08:22 PM
Pix would be good. I have an Akai AS-1080 4-channel receiver. Heavy mud-hen...

Vintage_Hi-F
04-15-2010, 08:28 PM
My friend (who I recently got into the audio hobby) bought one of these recently. It's a damn fine receiver rated at 50 wpc and loaded with some nice options like dual pot tone controls, adjustable FM Mutting (not that common of an feature from what I've seen) and a real wood veneer case to name a few. Definitely a nice find. :thmbsp:

and for those wondering this is the AA-1050
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/3083985153_cf07a05541_o.jpg

goldwax
04-15-2010, 08:38 PM
Very pretty. Looks Yamaha-ish.

goldwax
04-15-2010, 08:40 PM
The knobs are thin and the faceplate is clearly a Yamaha ripoff.


D'oh! Helps to read the thread first, instead of just lookin' at the pitchurs.

Vintage_Hi-F
04-15-2010, 08:49 PM
Build quality is top notch inside, has a large heat sink for the power supply transistors, something I have only seen on my NAD 3080.

Most higher end gear does, it's just a smart idea

Was this Akai's TOTL for this series? Is the 50 wpc rating correct?

As I stated before the 50 wpc is correct and while this probably was not their TOTL offering it's definitely up there as either the third if not second from the throne.

appicker_nc
04-15-2010, 09:00 PM
Weird! I just bought one of these at the local GW and was searching for any information I could find and here is this tread. This tuner is a replacement for my Pioneer SX-650 that just can not seem to drive my McIntosh XR-14's. I have been looking for a budget upgrade tuner for about a month and when I saw this sitting on the shelf at GW I thought it might just fit the bill. After hooking up the Akai, My speakers are finally showing what they can do. I real like this amp and form the looks of it it was build well and with high quality parts. The flat knobs are held on with set screws a nice touch. The pots were a bit scratchy but after a cleaning with deoxit they are now nice and quiet. Other than a quick cleaning thats all I have had to do. It's now hooked up and has been running with no issues for that past four days. I consider it a good buy and a very good amp.

erik92da
04-15-2010, 09:08 PM
Most higher end gear does, it's just a smart idea



The only other amp/receiver I have seen the power SUPPLY transistors mounted to a large, common heatsink is my NAD 3080. I am not referring to the output transistors.

Vintage_Hi-F
04-15-2010, 10:01 PM
The only other amp/receiver I have seen the power SUPPLY transistors mounted to a large, common heatsink is my NAD 3080. I am not referring to the output transistors.

I understood your statement, my 9090DB is set up that way the power caps and the output transistors share a giant heat sink.

CUlater
04-15-2010, 11:26 PM
1) FWIW, everyone has it backwards - Yamaha ripped off Akai for the 'whiteout silver' look. Really, Akai had it first (circa 1973).

2) The AA-1050 was the top of Akai's AA-10xx line at the time (circa 1973). In the next generation series that followed (AA-11xx, 1976) it was third from the top; the next up AA-1175 weighed in at 75Wrms/ch, and the AA-1200 crowned that line at 100Wrms/ch and sported dual trannies.

3) Beautiful example there...congrats. Akai's really tend to fly under the radar and are severely under-appreciated.

Jailtime
04-16-2010, 02:46 AM
2) The AA-1050 was the top of Akai's AA-10xx line at the time (circa 1973). In the next generation series that followed (AA-11xx, 1976) it was third from the top; the next up AA-1175 weighed in at 75Wrms/ch, and the AA-1200 crowned that line at 100Wrms/ch and sported dual trannies.


The AA-1175 has dual transformers, and four filter caps as well. Got me one! :yes:

gitfiddle42
04-16-2010, 03:47 AM
I have the aa 1150 great sounding unit but the tuner sucks I havent looked at it in a while but I think it's 2 gang.

Vintage_Hi-F
04-16-2010, 04:39 AM
1) FWIW, everyone has it backwards - Yamaha ripped off Akai for the 'whiteout silver' look. Really, Akai had it first (circa 1973).

2) The AA-1050 was the top of Akai's AA-10xx line at the time (circa 1973). In the next generation series that followed (AA-11xx, 1976) it was third from the top; the next up AA-1175 weighed in at 75Wrms/ch, and the AA-1200 crowned that line at 100Wrms/ch and sported dual trannies.

3) Beautiful example there...congrats. Akai's really tend to fly under the radar and are severely under-appreciated.

Thanks for the extra info, my friend will be very interested to hear that he got a TOTL receiver for $100.

melofelo
04-16-2010, 04:57 AM
The AA-1175 has dual transformers, and four filter caps as well. Got me one!

me too..scored a couple of weeks ago...in practically mint cosmetic condition..
took some serious elbow grease and several hours to reveal this though...

will post a pic soon as i put the thing back together..

no sign of the accountants in this receiver...:D

appicker_nc
04-16-2010, 05:17 PM
Any one have any idea what these receivers sold for in the 1970's?

Is there any way to tell the date of manufacture form the serial number?

Just wondering if this information is out there (I did look but could not find any thing) or does it need to be
researched / collected.

Shackman55
04-16-2010, 10:39 PM
I picked up the AA-1030 last year, and it is about as good sounding and looking receiver as I have ever owned, and I have been through a few. The tuner leaves a little to be desired, but I suppose if I paid a pro to tune my tuna it would rock too. I tried to do some research and it was few and far between on these puppies. Seems to me I found the manual for the 1050 I will try and dig it out and see. It was the variable FM mute that sold me on it when I found it. Of course that big price tag on the top almost put me off it. $4.99 if I recall correctly. It now resides on my back porch (Enclosed of course) feeding a pair of Baby Advent II's and sometimes a set of Bose 301-II Both foamed and tweaked. And one of the few places I use an Ipod.
I wish I had something to measure the power output of this thing, I would swear it is much much more than 30wpc.

Rod Beauvex
04-17-2010, 07:30 AM
It does bare a strong resemblance to a Yamaha. :D

Shackman55
04-17-2010, 09:43 AM
It does bare a strong resemblance to a Yamaha. :D

Or does Yamaha bare a strong resemblance to Akai? A comes before Y so Akai wins!! Besides I can afford the AA-10XX :D

Isotonic
04-17-2010, 11:16 AM
I have an AA-R30. It is a great sounding unit.

appicker_nc
04-19-2010, 02:41 PM
I had my receiver open for a good cleaning and took some photos. Here they are.

melofelo
04-19-2010, 09:01 PM
cleaning this has been a labour of love...:D.. inside and out.. i let her run for 4 hours non-stop today and she sounded excellent after all these years.. will finish cleaning the input phono sockets tomorrow as they had a fair bit of surface oxidisation/rust
... a brief test of the sound quality after i let her 'warm up' ..and i'm quite impressed..

i don't think she has been used in years judging by the layer of dirt and grime on the outside when i first bought her a couple of weeks ago..
anyway.. here she is..minus cover and knobs..

will add another pic once she's fully dressed...:D

melofelo
04-21-2010, 10:02 AM
at last..all cleaned up..and it sounds amazing..

i think this might form the centrepiece of a third (and final :D ) system...

Rod Beauvex
04-21-2010, 10:53 AM
Looking good, but I still think you need one more system, just to have more to compare to.

OddTrombone
09-26-2010, 01:24 PM
I just found an AA-1050 at the electronics recycling centre. It's god a dead led or two, and the volume meters aren't working. (EDIT: Those weren't actually volume meters when I looked more carefully.)

The headphone socket and the radio works fine. I'm not sure what to think of it yet. It sure sounds a bit different from the ROTEL RX-402.

OddTrombone
09-26-2010, 05:41 PM
Haven't seen the specifications of it posted yet so here it is.

http://wegavision.pytalhost.com/akai78/akai-17.jpg
http://wegavision.pytalhost.com/akai78/akai-66.jpg

davew833
09-26-2010, 11:20 PM
I picked an AA-1050 up at a thrift store for $20 in about 1993. Loved the sound and the Yamaha-ish looks! I think one channel was slightly weaker in output than the other, though. I wish I still had it- I can't even remember now what I did with it.

OddTrombone
09-27-2010, 02:47 AM
It sounds nice too, at a first listen. It makes me think of tube sound, for some reason (It doesnt have any tubes in it of course).

It's got a balance knob, but as far as I hear, there is no imbalance in this unit.

MR_B
09-27-2010, 08:53 AM
Thanks OT, for the brochure and specs. Got one a month ago for $10 and just put it on the shelf.
Guess I need to get it down and do it up.
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