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Akai Electric Co., Ltd.; Tokyo

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Name: Akai Electric Co., Ltd.; Tokyo    (J)  
Abbreviation: akai
Products: Others

Akai Electric Co., Ltd
Tokyo, Japan

Akai Electric Company Ltd. is mostly known as a manufacturer of tape recorders under the Akai and Roberts brands.


Founded: 1929

Akai was founded by Masukichi Akai and his son, Saburo Akai (who died in 1973) as Akai Electric Company Ltd. (赤井電機株式会社 Akai Denki Kabushiki-gaisha), a Japanese manufacturer in 1929 or 1946. At its peak in the late 1990s, Akai Holdings employed 100,000 workers and had annual sales of HK$40 billion (US$5.2 billion), but it collapsed in 2000 owing creditors US$1.1B. It emerged that ownership of Akai Holdings had somehow passed in 1999 to Grande Holdings, a company founded by Akai's chairman James Ting. The liquidators claimed that Ting had stolen over US$800m from the company with the assistance of accountants Ernst & Young who had tampered with audit documents going back to 1994. Ting was imprisoned for false accounting in 2005,and E&Y paid $200m to settle the negligence case out of court in September 2009. In a separate lawsuit, a former E&Y partner, Cristopher Ho, made a "substantial payment" to Akai creditors in his role as chairman of Grande Holdings.
[Source: Wikipedia]

This manufacturer was suggested by Peter Böhm.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
13 Vintage APR200WE   Aux-in (Line-in-Anschluss) Made in China 
70 Magnetic Sound Recording Low Noise Tape LN-150-7   550 m. = 1800  ft. 
84 Stereo Integrated Amplifier AM-M7   potenza uscita: 45 + 45 watt into 8 Ω (stereo) - frequency response: 5 Hz / 80 Khz - total... 
95 Radio Reveil - Clock Radio AR-BF15   Ausziehbare Lautsprecher, dadurch Basisverbreiterung der Stereowiedergabe. Digitalanzei... 
71 Mignon Stereo Tape Recorder 1720W   Stereo/Mono tape recorder in a wooden cabinet. Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo... 
71 Mignon Stereo Tape Recorder 1720L   Stereo/Mono tape recorder in a leather finish cabinet. Track system: 4-track, 2-channel... 
73 Stereo Receiver AA-930   Solid State AM/FM Multiplex stereo tuner/amplifier. Rosewood cabinet. Separate signal and ... 
75 GX-630D-SS   Tonbandgerät 4 Spuren, 2/4 Kanäle, 3 Motoren, 4 Tonköpfe, 9,5+19 cm/s, Fernbedienbar, &... 
70 AA-6000    
80/81 Stereo Pre Amplifier PR-A04   Préamplificateur BF à 6 entrées. Phono 1; Phono 2; Tuner; Aux; Tape 1; Tape 2. 
91 Video Cassetten Recorder VS-F 200 EOG   Video Format: VHS-Standard (PAL, MESECAM) RF-Eingang: B-, G-System (PAL, MESECAM) V... 
92 Mini-Component-System MX-750   HiFi-Stereo-Anlage, bestehend aus - Sound-Processor EA-750 - Tuner mit preamp. TP-750 ... 


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

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Original prospekt in 1993.tbn_j_akai_logo.jpg
Akai Advertisement, Discoteca Hi-Fi, Anno XXI n. 212, Dicembre 1980; Italytbn_j_akai_1980_ad.jpg
Akai Formula 50 - Italian ad, 1980tbn_j_akai_formula_50_1980_ad.jpg
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