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#1 jaetee

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 09:39 AM

Anyone have any opinions on, or personal knowledge of this interesting looking Akai?

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#2 Fatdog

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:00 AM

Hey, that's pretty neat. It reminds me of the RX-5350. :-)

#3 eldorado

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:12 AM

it is indeed very cool

the different scheme makes it appealing.

and the design itself is very nice,

the colors too are very pretty,

and i like the dial marker, nice.

nice green to red VU,

very unique and strong looking

not like a lasonic for example

. i must edit because i cant diss the lasonics.

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#4 MasterBlaster84

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:14 AM

Hey, that's pretty neat. It reminds me of the RX-5350. :-)


:agree: Only I think it's much smaller.

#5 jaetee

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:30 AM

Seems to be quite rare... and I wonder how it sounds compared to similar sized boxes.... Looks to be in the size range somewhere between that JVC M70 & Panasonic RX-5150 range.

Akai made some really good tapedecks, so it stands to reason this might be a really decent unit.

I don't think I've ever heard this model mentioned here or at S2G... either because its not worth mentioning or because it's really, really rare (which I think is more likely).

I hope one of our Aussie members scored it...

#6 Aiwa

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:42 AM

Hi JT,

here`s some info `bout it:

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it came on the market 1980.

a "fl" and a "fs" version

(with longwave or shortwave)

#7 ViennaSound

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 12:22 PM

Very beautiful unit! :hooray: :vespa:

#8 Gluecifer

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 07:47 PM

I didn't bid on it, but I did see it. The reason I didn't go for was because the week before I picked up an AJ-530.
I wasn't sure how they compared, looks like mine's shorter. Mine does have a lovely digital number AMS display (not on in the pic unfortunately), not sure if that's on the 500, maybe the 530 came out a couple of years later. Mine does sound very nice and clean, very balanced and tight. Not massive bass, but enough to keep things interesting.

Will get both eventually, for sure. They seem to be quite common down here.

Here's a couple of photos:
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Rock On.

#9 WEYLAND/YUTANI CORP

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 02:36 AM

I didn't bid on it, but I did see it. The reason I didn't go for was because the week before I picked up an AJ-530.
I wasn't sure how they compared, looks like mine's shorter. Mine does have a lovely digital number AMS display (not on in the pic unfortunately), not sure if that's on the 500, maybe the 530 came out a couple of years later. Mine does sound very nice and clean, very balanced and tight. Not massive bass, but enough to keep things interesting.

Will get both eventually, for sure. They seem to be quite common down here.

Here's a couple of photos:
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http://img682.images...kaisizecomp.jpg

Rock On.

oh man lookin good rick :

#10 ViennaSound

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 08:52 AM

Congrats rick!
Really amazing beautiful collection! :w00t: :cool: :thumbsup:

#11 MasterBlaster84

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:39 AM

Excellent collection Rick. :thumbsup:

#12 eldorado

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:56 AM

i must agree with the guys, GC, great

stuff you got there man.

specially love the rising .

love it.

also dig the trk 8600. lovely.

cheers

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 03:14 AM

Like Glue, i seen it too but i didnt bid. They do seem fairly common here in OZ and im hoping
to find mine in the wild eventually, thats part of the fun !!

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Glue, Awesome photo of just some of your great collection there !!
Lookin real good :thumbsup:

#14 ghiok

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 11:12 AM

hi,guys!!! i'm new in town. :-) i like the brand akai too. if anyone have a boombox akai aj 530 in good condition for sale ,let me now. thanks! i have two akai aj 500 fl ,one of this two is for change.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:08 AM

I didn't bid on it, but I did see it. The reason I didn't go for was because the week before I picked up an AJ-530.
I wasn't sure how they compared, looks like mine's shorter. Mine does have a lovely digital number AMS display (not on in the pic unfortunately), not sure if that's on the 500, maybe the 530 came out a couple of years later. Mine does sound very nice and clean, very balanced and tight. Not massive bass, but enough to keep things interesting.

Will get both eventually, for sure. They seem to be quite common down here.

Here's a couple of photos:
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Rock On.


Hey Rick,

I love that Rising 20, did you get that in Aus or did you have to ship it from the US?

It's rocketing to the top of my wants (needs) list :-D :-D :-D

#16 Gluecifer

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:23 AM

RISING 20/20's never were domestically available in .au to my knowledge.
Mine was bought off SINISTER a while back, shipped from the u.s

They are a very, very good blaster, definitely worth the expense. Lovely sound and the looks are flawless boombox design.

Best of luck adding one to your collection, Alfie!



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#17 mtrkr

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 08:02 AM

i used to run the 490, and later used the 530 (with Dolby NR, metal tape) as a great tape deck - those models featured Akai's famous hi-fi superGX tape heads, which made for great sound. Only minor complaint was that the Akais weren't as loud as a similar-sized Sanyo or JVC, with the Akais a bit thin on the bass. But the Akai electronics sounded good as cassette recordings :breakdance:

#18 bennybennybenny

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 01:55 AM

I'm interested in getting an Akai AJ-500FS and was just wondering if someone who has one could tell me if they has line-in ports to take external sources?
Cheers Benny

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:50 PM

the another beautiful boombox machine from akai is AKAI aj-490fs .very very rare!

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:34 PM

i was tempted by one on ebay the 530 it went very cheaply 22 quid i think or was it the 500 which was also on there both were good condition!! this is ebay UK!!looks like one to find that 490fs!!! looks cool!!trouble is next time one pops up it'll go for loads as everyone one here will bid!!!!LOL

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 03:56 PM

I got my 490 here in Brazil, paid price a little expensive, but I do not regret anything. :yes:
The construction of the radio (both internally and externally) is the level of excellence, has a shield that prevents dust from the speakers and tweeters, even beautiful thing. :thumbsup:

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#22 ghiok

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 01:57 PM

I'm interested in getting an Akai AJ-500FS and was just wondering if someone who has one could tell me if they has line-in ports to take external sources?
Cheers Benny

hi! benny,benny ,benny. AKAI AJ 500 don't have line in. only with cassette adapter can play mp3. also can use the new ''USB Cassette MP3 Player II'' for upgrade your boombox. this cassette suport 16GB and have REMOTE CONTROL!!! the sound of AJ-500 is amazing 90% like NATIONAL RX-7000. I recomand for all boombox owners to buy this new cassette.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 06:40 AM

I'm interested in getting an Akai AJ-500FS and was just wondering if someone who has one could tell me if they has line-in ports to take external sources?
Cheers Benny

hi! benny,benny ,benny. AKAI AJ 500 don't have line in. only with cassette adapter can play mp3. also can use the new ''USB Cassette MP3 Player II'' for upgrade your boombox. this cassette suport 16GB and have REMOTE CONTROL!!! the sound of AJ-500 is amazing 90% like NATIONAL RX-7000. I recomand for all boombox owners to buy this new cassette.


My AJ490 have a Phono IN (RCA Connectors) and Play/REC by a DIN connector, but only works with Play/REC keys in ON position (simulates a cassete recording , but without a cassete inside). :huh:

And really yes... ...the sound of this Akai´s it´s too good, considering his sizes. :yes:

Bye!

#24 ghiok

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:36 PM

Finally i found AKAI AJ-530FS. Sound is amazing and looks gorgeous. Now i'm looking for AKAI AJ-480. :thumbsup:

#25 ghiok

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:41 PM

AKAI AJ-530FS, AKAI AJ-500FL, AKAI AJ-490FS.

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#26 ViennaSound

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:06 PM

AKAI AJ-530FS, AKAI AJ-500FL, AKAI AJ-490FS.

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Wow, great! :w00t: :cool:

#27 ghiok

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:52 AM

I like the boombox with radio on the bottom . reminds me about old radios made from wood. also i have the three famous rx series from National; rx-7000, rx-7200,rx-5350. :yes: :thumbsup:

#28 ghiok

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:57 AM

AKAI AJ-530FS, AKAI AJ-500FL, AKAI AJ-490FS.

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Wow, great! :w00t: :cool:

The AKAI AJ-490 is from Salzburg. very expensive!

#29 xpallax

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:44 AM

this looks really sweet!