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1966 AKAI AA-5000 S AMPLIFIER
AMP IN HIGH ORIGINAL GRADE VISUAL & GREAT WORKING CONDITION.
35W. SERVICED & RECAPPED WITH UPGRADES
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Very Classy, a Bit Rare & Cool Retro Mid Century Modern Designer style. All recapped, rebuilt on some stages & Upgraded to be worthy of Daily Use in 2019. More than just a Pretty Amp.
This is the first Akai Amplifier that came out before the Akai AA-7000 receiver that has similar Retro Designer looks. The very earliest is the AA-5000 that appears to be 110v only from ones we've seen, it is all Germaniums. This AA-5000S is slightly later with Silicon Outputs & Drivers if still some Germaniums in the earlier stages.
Power Supply Rebuilt & Upgraded with high value main capacitors, 4mm Speaker Sockets fitted in the original Screw fitting holes. Recapped & Upgraded. The two boards have the MM Phono, Preamp-Tone & Power amp on one board with wide separation as L+R are on two boards. This as original makes a bad wobbly noise on turn-off, so we altered that to turn off with only a mild click & fade away sound like a typical non-Relay Amp. On Headphones a typical quick 'bump' on turn-on is unobtrustive. On our Tannoys just a very tiny low sound on turn on, no hiss hear & barely any with Volume midway. Better than expected on Speakers.
Great Sounding amp, it sounds very decent on our Tannoy Golds, crisp clean sound with decent bass. This is still a more Specialist-Collector amp as well as the Stylish looks, if it's good enough to use Daily. Germaniums in the Preamp do have slight hiss heard on Headphones if you'd need to listen hard to hear any hiss on 15" 95dB sensitivity speakers. The amp has a pleasing sound, not over-modern sounding, crisp & bassy but also with some 'warmth' that may suit some listeners better than more upfront amps.
Rear Inputs are old-obsolete Tape Head, MM Phono, Tuner, aux at standard CD level, Tape Record-Monitor & Aux. speaker Outputs are One Pair as the 4mm Sockets or an old Akai idea of using 6.3mm Mono Jacks. 8 ohm speakers only, not an amp for 3-Way speakers that drop Impedance below 4 ohms. It's early. Mains Voltage has several options if you can't select them all. only the usual ones, ie no 140v. Includes the Blanking Plugs as pictured. 3-Core Mains cable with Earth fitted as always.
Front Controls are on the Top Row Bass L, Treble L, Balance, Bass R & Treble R. Lower row is Power On, Speaker On-Off, Mode, Volume, Loudness, Low & High Filter & Input Selector.
Condition is very nice on this amp, all original. Wood sides in walnut are lacquered as made unlike the oiled AA-7000 sides, just a few light horizontal marks on the right side face. Fascia in high grade & all original knobs & switches. Probably the Best Looking one of these & for sure the Best Sounding for our Rebuild. It's Rare, It's Classy, it's For Sale as it's not one we'd use much, if a great one to stare at, so here it is.
A medium-larger sized amp 421mm wide x 155mm high x 269mm deep if 290mm Max Depth inc fittings.
THE AMP ITSELF WEIGHS ABOUT 8.2KG