|LabGuy's World: Akai X-500 /
Roberts 1000 Audio Recorder / VTR
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1969: Akai X-500/ Roberts 1000 1/4" Stereo Audio OR Video Recorder!
Vintage late 1960s. To quote a 1969 magazine advert: "If you had owned
the Roberts "1000" VTR last July 20th, you would have videotaped man's
first moon landing...". So true, so true! This is
an extremely unique machine. Thread the 1/4" tape one way and the X-500 becomes a quarter
track stereo audio deck (Right photo). Thread the 1/4" tape the other way
and it's now a quarter inch B/W VTR (Left Photo). Now, that's just too cool!
It is compatible with the Akai VT-1xx series portapaks and the Akai VT-700. It is heavy! Extremely
HEAVY ~ 75 pounds!
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Labguy's World has obtained a second Roberts 1000 VTR in April, 2006. It is in excellent looking condition. But, sadly during testing, it developed a fault. The presence of smoke required an immediate halt to all testing for now.
Video and Audio I/O Panels located on the left and right side of the deck
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Last updated: April 06, 2006