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02-01-2011, 10:29 PM
I like Akai!
So they don’t have the popularity of some of the other brands, and they made some great open reel decks, but they also made other decent stuff, (or had someone make for them, I suspect, at times) and some of it is fairly unique. So something I’ve been thinking about is… creating an Akai reference website. For receivers, amps, cassettes, and all - not just reel to reel machines. I know there’s slbender’s reel to reel pages for that reference, but I don’t know of anything for all their other gear. Information can be sparse on them, and manuals hard to find, etc.
So I’m looking for feedback here, and if you all might be willing to help with this. That is, maybe starting with (er, trying to) getting all the models and specs with pictures. Then possibly expand it to include some more info, like years made and repair tips and/or??
I’m thinking of something like the Silver Pioneer reference to start, and see where it goes.
I mean, I’m willing to do the compiling and research, and I’m a programmer, so the site work shouldn’t be much of a problem. Not that I’m a web expert, but I could do something pretty decent. Also I would not call myself an Akai expert or anything, but I do have the interest in them.
If some people have specs and pictures, are you willing to share?
Is there, or should I start a ‘post your Akai gear’ thread?
Please let me know what you think…tell me I’m crazy, whatever you think.

02-02-2011, 02:52 AM
I think This is a very good Idea, I love my AKAI Reciever, it has lasted me the longest without repair. I do have a owners manual, and I could post picture after I clean it up, if that is what your looking for?

02-02-2011, 03:14 AM
I don't have specs, but have a nice vintage system ('81), and don't mind sharing pics.

02-02-2011, 03:22 AM
I have 2 Akai amps here and have more manuals in pdf wich i could share here.
I like your idea of a Akai site because some info is hard to find.

02-02-2011, 05:13 AM
If some people have specs and pictures, are you willing to share?
Is there, or should I start a ‘post your Akai gear’ thread?

There are some threads devoted to Akai gear already, e.g.,

02-02-2011, 05:27 AM
where are those pics guys? ;)

02-02-2011, 05:27 AM
I just got my first Akai reel-to-reel (and two bookbags full of great late '60 to early '70's r-to-r tapes to go with it - Stuff like Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", and many others). The 1710W was the last tube-powered reel-to-reel deck they made, if I remember correctly.

02-02-2011, 06:31 AM
Here are some pics of my Akai's
AM-2600with a AM-2450 on top

02-02-2011, 08:10 AM
thanks guys for the threads and the pics...please post more! Seems like there would be enough interest for a site about Akai, or if I dont get that far, just a really good reference thread here about them.
Keep the pics coming and if you have the specs for them that would be great, or I'll do my best to research and report them here.
And keep the opinions coming on whether or not this is a good idea, or of you know of any references/sites that are out there...

02-02-2011, 08:16 AM
Here are some pics of my Akai's
AM-2600with a AM-2450 on top

Nice! :thmbsp:

02-02-2011, 08:51 AM
Just my two cents here: in the late '70s, I bought a brand-new Akai GX-F60R cassette deck. It seems to me it was quite expensive but can't remember the exact price. Back then, the conventional wisdom said that auto-reverse decks were "not worthy" so to speak. But I loved mine. Don't remember having any trouble with it. Eventually lost it in a divorce deal.

02-02-2011, 08:51 AM
Lots of info here

I have AA-6100 (6600?) and AA-1135/AA1150 service manuals I'd share.
Get the site up.

02-02-2011, 09:31 AM
Speaking of Akai, there's an Akai AA-A35 Computer controlled receiver at my local GW. I'd never seen one, looks neat, but read a lot of rebooting needed with these units.

02-02-2011, 11:05 AM
would anyone have any Akai catalogs or brochures from the 70's? They seemed to have brochures on specific models but was hoping for something that shows the lineup for some year. or maybe a price list? Anything like that? I see some things on that auction site but alot are expensive.

02-02-2011, 12:17 PM
The best turntable i own is a direct drive Akia AP-007.I also really like me Akai amp but sadly it's no longer useable.


02-02-2011, 03:17 PM
I have got some Akai brochures showing reel to reel line ups and amplifers/receivers etc from the 70's I will try and find some time to scan them if this will be any help?
I seem to have a lot of Akai reel to reels in various states most are going but a couple mainly the older ones like the M8/M10 which need some attention. I don't have any Akai amplifiers as such but like the AM series of Akai's as shown in kessie's photo. I wouldn't say no to a AM2850 if one surfaced.


02-02-2011, 04:25 PM
where are those pics guys? ;)

Here's mine :yes:

02-02-2011, 05:14 PM
if you scan those that would be fantastic!

:drool: those are sweet!

is that a AM-2600, a AT-2460, and GXC-725D?

02-02-2011, 05:50 PM
Some of their SW series speakers bundled with quadrophonic amps in the 70s have little Fostex FE103 full range drivers in a short T-line. Coupled with a T-amp and small active sub, it's one of the best budget systems for jazz/acoustic you can have IMO. Imaging and dynamics are incredible for the price.

Nice amps there! I seem to remember seeing one of a similar age, completely dual mono with two honking great transformers but on the outside it looks rather average. If anyone knows the model number, I'd be very grateful so I can keep my eyes open... :D

02-02-2011, 05:51 PM
akai addict here..:thmbsp:

really like their mid - late 70's styling... simple,functional with neat little touches here and there in the details..their receivers and turntables especially i think are some of the coolest looking from that era..:thmbsp:

would love to see a pic of the ap-007 mentuoned earlier :yes:

02-02-2011, 06:55 PM
The Akai reference site is a great idea. If you do it, consider including Roberts as well. Most of their products were made by Akai, and there was a period of overlap when several essentially identical models were marketed.

02-02-2011, 08:22 PM
I love allmost all of the akai stuff made in the 70's.

The amps,tapedecks and also the turntables are great, reliable and really good looking.

I really hate myself right now because i could have a AP-002 turntable but i was too late.
That was the firtst of Akai i saw for sale in Holland with the wood vineer.

02-02-2011, 09:28 PM
is that a AM-2600, a AT-2460, and GXC-725D?

Yup, 2600,2450,725D. Not exact series matches but still a nice trio:thmbsp:

02-04-2011, 04:29 PM
Any more Akai lovers out there? and/or pics?

02-04-2011, 05:52 PM
akai addict here..:thmbsp:

would love to see a pic of the ap-007 mentuoned earlier :yes:

Will do as soon as i learn how to post pics.(I'm not too good with computers.)


02-04-2011, 07:49 PM
Another Akai fan here.

I own three pieces: AM-73 amp, CD-73 cd player, and GX-52 cassette deck.

I've owned them since new. The cassette deck was quite expensive ($500 if I recall, bought it in 1988). Both the CD-73 and AM-73 were way out of my price range at MSRP, but I got both when Akai stopped retail sales in Canada about 1990. I paid about $500 each for them, which was about 60-75% off their retail prices. A company called Liquidation World had purchased all the Akai stock. I went to one of their stores after seeing an ad in the paper, to find hundreds of Akai boxes, behind a chain link enclosure, with an armed security guard standing watch.

All are in storage currently. To me, the AM-73 and CD-73 were aimed at the Sony ES lineup, as they have the same gloss black metal faces, rosewood side panels, and heavy construction. I don't intend to ever sell them.

02-04-2011, 10:25 PM
Taken on wonderful :no: cell phone camera..

Akai Ap-b1 turntable. Serves me well.

02-06-2011, 12:16 PM
I found a near mint Akai AA-1050 a couple of weeks ago. Hooked it up, with pretty low expectations, and you know what? It's a really nice receiver :thmbsp:

Definately a sleeper brand.

Crimson King
09-03-2011, 12:55 PM
Excellent idea! I've been looking for a decent Akai website. Just get it going! :thmbsp:

I have some late 70s and early 80s Akai stuff. And user manuals & some brochures. I could scan those and post some pics.

09-03-2011, 04:06 PM
The Akai CD-73 CD player out performed high end Sony, Denon, and Yamaha units while only bested by a Meridian unit during demos among many of my audiophile friends. The Akai AP-206 turntable is direct drive with a surprisingly heavy platter which has been performing wonderfully for over 2 decades. The Akai AT-VO4 digital tuner is outstanding with a rotary fine tuning adjust. My audiophile friends opinions of the Akai GXC-740D cassette deck are that it sounds better than the Nakamichi LX-5 and the Pioneer CTF-1250. Akai made some superb components but unfortunately it never got the appreciation like Sansui, Pioneer, Marantz, Kenwood, Sony, or even Technics got back in the days.

09-03-2011, 04:19 PM
My Akai AMU 04 int amp is fabulous

twin power supply ( but one transfo winding on secondary )
it puts out precise, fast and strong output; it purrrrsss ! :)

and I love those fluo vu's
The Gentle Giant

09-03-2011, 04:21 PM
Some might scoff, but I think that this is one of the best looking decks I ever owned. And I truly love my Teac decks. I'm not saying the best performer, just saying it looks nice.

09-03-2011, 04:35 PM
I have an Akai Tape deck in storage, needs belts and abit more cleaning.
Down side is i have no tapes else it'll be used

09-04-2011, 02:44 AM
Some might scoff, but I think that this is one of the best looking decks I ever owned. And I truly love my Teac decks. I'm not saying the best performer, just saying it looks nice.

With looks like that, who cares how it performs?:thmbsp:

09-04-2011, 05:41 AM
With looks like that, who cares how it performs?:thmbsp:

Unfortunately I do, I'm in the stages of only keeping pieces that fit my ear music wise. Don't get me wrong, the Akai is a sweet sounding deck. It's just that the Teac's just sound better to me when they are in tune. Plus the Teac's are no slouch when it comes to looks either. Here's my X-700R.