03 October 2017

The AKAI PRO-2022 Audio Rack 1981

 AKAI PRO-2022 (extra)

Most manufacturers from the Golden Age of Hi-Fi offered a selection of audio components that can be fitted perfectly into a custom rack system. The system presented here is the AKAI PRO-2022 from 1981. This is a 1145 mm high and 584 mm wide metallic rack where the components are mounted with the use of additional rack ears that first had to be fitted to the components.
From top to bottom we have: 
AKAI AP-Q80C Quartz Direct Drive turntable fitted with Ortofon LMB 12 cartridge.
AKAI PA-W06 Power amplifier. 100 W/ch (DIN 4 ohm), flurescent power meters and two loudspeaker connector
AKAI PR-A06 Pre-amplifier. Input for tuner, AUX, 2 tape, 2 phono, remote controllable volume, 3 step loudness, subsonic and high filters
AKAI AT-S06 Digital Quartz Synthesizer Tuner with 10 FM + 10 AM station presets
AKAI GX-F37 cassette deck. Two motor full logic, HIGH-COM noise reduction, Dolby Noise Reduction for playbak only, Frequency response Metal tape 30-19.000 Hz
AKAI EA-G80 Graphic Equalizer. 2x10 band octave EQ with +/- 10 dB range
AKAI SR-H77 3 Way Loudspeakers 110 W(max) / 70 W (nominal), 8 ohm

Extra Components:
AKAI DT-200 Timer. Allows programmed switching on of the whole system. Timer settings for 4 programmes for 7 days.
AKAI RC-6B Remote Receiver. Transforms your system into a remote controlled Hi-Fi system.

 AKAI PRO-2022 (standard)



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06 July 2017

Summer Holiday and Vintage Portable Audio

Summer Holiday is here so it's time to relax. If you are a rich guy then you simply escape from the Big city.....in a Big way. 

If you are like me, a regular Hi-Fi guy, then you pack your bags (and Hi-Fi) and hit the road.

Finally arrived each one goes it's own way. The rich guy with his Yacht, girl and Boombox while the
regular guy is watching the girls and goes to beach parties.

When your holiday ends and you feel a little bit shrinked, that's because you've stayed too much in the water.

That's all folks.

22 February 2017

TEAC Tape Recorder History - The Beginings

teac td-102

TEAC Corporation was originally founded as Tokio Television Acoustic Company on 8th of August 1953 by Katsuma and Tomoma Tani. The two brothers in 1956 founded Tokyo Electronic Acoustic Company and finally merging the two in 1964 to form the modern day TEAC Corporation. The first mass produced product was the TD-102.

TEAC founder, Katsuma Tani, and the TD-102

In 1957 the CEO and the chief engineer of Lafayette Radio Electronics visited the newly estabilished Tokyo Electronic Acoustic Company where Tani showed them the prototype of the TD-102. When they saw the prototype they said  “Add a playback amp, turn it into a tape player and change the casing in to a cabinet and we’ll take it!”. And with that, they ordered 25 units.

The second help came from engineer Bretz from radio manufacturing firm Philco who invited TEAC to perform a demonstration of their products at the Far East Audio Club where 50 TD-102 were sold. After the TD-102’s initial success, TEAC’s open-reel tape decks gained wide commercial notoriety when an influential American consumer magazine, Consumer Reports, listed it as no. 5 out of 17 tried and tested audio products.


The TD-102 production line in the late 1950s

TEAC founded TASCAM, the professional division of TEAC and it was the TASCAM 80-8 tape deck that was used to record the voices of R2-D2 and C3PO in the making of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope in 1977. This was not the first time that a TEAC recorder was used to record important events in history. The call sign  “I am Seagull” (Ya Chaika, Ya Chaika) of the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova was also recorded on a TEAC recorder, the TD-330.



TEAC's A-4010 4 track home tape deck became TEAC's best selling product with sales in excess of 200,000 units with the A-6010 securing TEAC's position as one of the best tape deck makers in the world. At the TEAC HQ in Tokyo, the very last A-4010 series model produced is on display at the entrance, with a special commemorative badge.

200,000 units sold


An original wooden box used for the 25 year anniversary export model and TD-102 inside box 

The very last A-4010

The last home tape recorder created by TEAC was the X-2000R. TEAC  also made many successeful compact cassette recorders and digital recorders but more about them in another part dedicated to TEAC history. (Source: TEAC Corp.)

TEAC X-2000R

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