Akai RC-17 Wireless Remote
Works with the Akai reel to reel decks GX-270(D/D-SS), GX-286(D/DB), GX-400D/D-SS/D-PRO and cassette decks GXC-570D, GXC-570D II, GXC-750D, GXC-760D and many others.

universal remote and receiver with 11-pin tube plug

Current price for this remote receiver, universal remote and international AC adapter is $75 plus shipping of $10 within the US and $25 outside the US.

If you would rather buy through eBay I have this listed for $80 in eBay listing.

Contact me if you are interested. My email address is scott@revoxremotes.com

Installation in PDF Akai RC-17

Installation: Turn off the power to the tape deck. Plug the remote adapter into the remote connector on the back of the tape deck. Now power can be turned back on. The light on the front of the remote adapter should be on.

The remote adapter controls the following 6 transport functions: Forward Play, Reverse Play, Stop, F.F., Rewind and Record. All functions can be controlled using any universal remote programmed for the proper Sony VCR code. Reverse play is controlled by the number 1 button on the remote keypad and only functions if the deck supports it.

remote 5-function with reverse play

The remote adapter can be programmed to respond to Sony VHS VCR, Beta VCR, 8mm VCR and Laser Disc Player codes. To select between the four options there are two jumpers inside the unit. Remove the two screws on the bottom of the unit and remove the top cover.

Toward the front window are two jumpers labeled 1 and 2. They configure the remote device code per the table below.



Device Code


RCA Remote



Beta VCR



8mm VCR
20034 VCR-098
20032 VCR-099





* = Default jumper selection

Note 1 - Sony Laser Disc Players never had record capability and therefore didn't have a record button. This means no record capability in LDP/MDP mode on most remotes. There are a few remotes that still send the record command in LDP mode.

Configuring the RCA Universal Remote
To program the RCA remote press and hold the Code Search button until the red light comes on. Release the Code Search button and momentarily press the VCR button then enter the 3 digit code from the table above (default is 119). The red light should blink after each keypress and go out after the last digit is entered. Press the VCR button and press one of the transport control buttons (PLAY, STOP, FF, REW, REC or PAUSE). The light on the front of the remote adapter should blink off momentarily. If the light does not blink off try reprogramming the remote or check the state of the jumpers inside the remote adapter. On the RCA remotes the REC button needs to be pressed twice to activate record.

Configuring the DirecTV Remote: To program the remote first slide the switch at the top to AV1 or AV2. Press and hold the MUTE and SELECT buttons until the green light at the top blinks twice then release. Using the number keypad enter the 5 digit device code from the table above. If done correctly the green light will blink twice after the last digit is entered. The full manual for the DirecTV can be found here

For instructions on configuring other remotes go to this page and select from the list of tested remotes. Click Here

Contact me if you are interested. My email address is scott@revoxremotes.com

Remote adapters are also available for Aiwa, Akai, Ampex, Crown, Denon, Luxman, Nakamichi, Otari, Pioneer, Revox, Sony, Studer, Tandberg, Tascam, Teac and Technics decks.