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I just got an old AKAI GX 365 D reel to reel tape deck. I would like to know how to hook it up. Di I need a preamp and an amp to drive the speekers. Also How iould I moput a tqape to my computer to burn a CD from?

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  • oldsalt658 Jan 31, 2010

    In reading your email for which I thank you very much, I assume that I will need to have a amplifire and connect to the amp using the headphone jack on the deck. I do not need a preamp in the line.

    Please let me know if this is correct.

    Thanks again,




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Since the AKAI GX 365 reel is a very old model so the main thing for connecting or taking out from your tape is throught the PHONES out connection..

You shoudl buy a spdif to rca converter and connect it to the PHONES out in your deck and the other end to the amplifier to make use of speakers connected to the amplifier...

To connect the computer, the only way is to use the same phones jack, so you need to buy both end having spdif connector, and connect it to the computer, the another way is taking the out from the amplifier and connecting it to the computer and you can perform the recording

Please leave me comment, if you need further assistance
Rnj VinodKumar

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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    Vinod Kumar Jan 31, 2010

    Yes you are correct, you need a amp for connecting it to an external speaker and it can be done only through a amplifier connected through a head phone jack..

    But for connecting it to a computer, you can directly connect it through a headphone jack, to the computer without the use of amplifier...But you can also do it with the help of amplifier..

    Please leave me comment, if you need further assistance



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