Vintage Akai SW-35 speakers
Akai SW-35 Jet Road System

Vintage Akai SW-35 speakers

I received a gift from a friend last week, a pair of vintage Akai Jet Road System SW-35 speaker. A quick search on www shows another type of SW-35 but it shows Jet Stream System printed on its front panel. It looks like the same but don’t know if any changes of internal structure and the driver unit.

I can’t find any further info about this driver. A Japanese page shows some simple specs as below:

1 way full range speaker

13cm driver made by FOSTEX

15 watts power handling

Freq. response 40Hz~18Khz

SPL 96dB @ 50cm

Weight 4Kg

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AKAI SW35 speaker

From info above, the driver must be a good driver if it was manufactured by FOSTEX. The SPL shows 96dB at 50cm, thats means 93dB at 1m. I don’t have a clue why they measure it at 50cm.

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Akai SW-35 speaker back

The speakers external dimensions measured 170mm x 430mm x 270mm, all ply wood with veneer on it, and there’s a 50mm X 125mm of square opening at its lower back. I don’t know hows the internal port works , and see no screws at all on the speaker box. A youtube video shows those screws actually hidden under the faceplate veneer, I’m not going to open it since it works flawlessly. The back opening looks a little bit small for a back loaded horn , so I think this must be a transmission line design.

Search on used price records online and this pair are actually cheap , from less than 100USD to around 240USD, depends on its condition. This speaker using a 6.5mm mic jack as speaker terminal, very common in most of 70’s speakers.

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Akai SW35 speaker driver

Sound quality? I noticed some peak at its mid, and maybe I will build a notch filter to match it one day. Other than that, the spec shows lower frequency at 40Hz, but didn’t show how many -dB, the bass response sounds reasonable and in fact its a little boomy because of my room condition. may be I should test it in sound room for more accurate measurement.

Here’s a video of test video playing percussion music,

and here’s another video playing vocal track

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