Motion sensing logic allows changing from fast forward or rewind mode to reproduce mode smoothly without tape spillage or damage.
This deck was found in Atlanta and in very good condition.
After searching for extra options like 10-inch extension arms + remote control,
I decided to keep this unit for it looks, and actually very good sound.
Solid state, with many built in options.
Auto-Reverse function with a timer!
not so common option.
Just set the time you want it to reverse, and it stops and change direction. No sensing foil is needed.
The only flaw is, I don't understand what Akai was thinking of...before you Rewind or Fast Forward the lower part of the headcover must be pushed down ..
( Not attached in the picture here).
Otherwise the heads are against the tape.. VERY loud noise.
It's missing the X-355 logo on the right side of the facepanel.
The remote have 12 feet cord and operate both recording and playback functions + Reverse.
After I found the adaptor kit for 10 inch reels, I really like this unit.
Of course a big warning for using the big reels in Fforward or Rewind..
This Akai is the fastest one I have seen rewinding a tape !
It takes off like a rocket !
The 10 inch reels are attached with a rubber suction cup, not very safe..
But this deck is very different I think, has a ugly charm ?
(note: another pinchroller and sleeve is used for 15 speed)
30-18,000 cps +/- 3db at 3-3/4.