AKAI GX-95: Introduction
I bought this cassette deck about 10 years ago but I have used it only about 5 percent of the total time I dedicated to cassette listening. Why? Because I never liked how it sounded. I can hardly say this about any other decks that I previously had.
But is that bad? People on technical forums say it is. Some even swear by it. Some others are saying the reverse. I happened to be in both categories at the same time. Until I fixed the deck. Once I loaded a tape in its well and hit the play button, I was stunned. Mesmerized. I'm glad I didn't sold it because I had many occasions. Turns out it was a mechanical misalignment that was causing all the bad sound reproduction.
So here's me writing the first lines of this article about a deck that I considered worse than what people were talking on various forums out there. Even worse than some of the cheapest ones I had along the time. It was characterized by a very dull and boring sound. All that changed with the quick fix that I implemented. Well it is not actually a fix per se but a part replacement by all means.
I always liked the electrical construction of this machine. Also the mechanical block is of good quality. It was even shared by many other AKAI decks out there in a slightly altered form.
Let's go with the classical article approach then. Let's see the machine details and what I did to raise it back from the dead.