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AIWA AD-6500 Cassette Deck

Updated 7 August 2021

The AWIA AD-6500 is a beautifully finished and feature packed front-loading cassette player from AIWA. The front-loading mechanism was popular at the time and wonderfully displays quality TDK SA-90 cassettes when they are played. The front lit VU meters add an ornamental touch that balances against the stainless-steel face. The VU meter was later replaced with a LED display. It can be challenging to find these in full working order anymore, especially as the VU meter lighting fails after all these years.

AIWA AD-6500 Cassette Deck

AIWA AD-6500 Cassette Deck

This top of the range Dolby cassette deck is designed for stacking or placement on a wall unit. All the operations and controls are accessible from the front. The facade is finished in a very stylish and modern polished aluminium.

Unrivalled is the unique automatic loading mechanism. By simply inserting the cassette, the automatic loading mechanism is triggered and automatically puts the cassette into play or recording standby mode. The loader mechanism developed and patented by AIWA and is characterized by its robust construction. Automatic side changing is performed by a small auxiliary motor. As a result, the tape drive mechanism does not move at all.

Modern functions include repeater and forward search buttons, a memory counter, auto-stop, 3-bias tape selector (including CrO2) clear control instruments, and dual signal peak VU indicators with LED lighting. DIN and RCA connectors prove the ease of use of this exceptional AIWA device.

The soft loading and eject functions are a particularly nice touch and increase the feeling of quality when using the AD-6500 cassette player. I can imagine having the lights down low, pulling out a nice recording of the latest jazz funk collection and inserting the tape in. Whirring, buzz, then catching into place. Using my index finger to press down on the large center button to press play. The familiar sound of cassette tape hiss plays, and I move my hand over to adjust the Dolby noise reduction setting. There is less hiss now and the music slowing begins to play. Oh, that's right, I have to raise the volume on my AIWA AX-7500 amplifier. That's better. Now we can get into the beat.

Together with the AIWA receiver AX-7500 EE, this results in an ideal and beautiful combination for your hi-fi system


Front loading cassette deck with Dolby noise reduction audio quailty reproduction.


The unique automatic loading mechanism is unrivalled. The automatic loading is triggered by simply inserting the cassette and automatically brings the cassette into playback or recording standby.

The loading mechanism developed by the AIWA engineers and patented is characterized by its robust construction. The automatic loading is driven by a small auxiliary motor. As a result, the tape running mechanism is not stressed at all.

Repeat and forward search buttons, a memory counter (memory), auto stop, triple band type selector switch (also for the new ferro-chrome bands or multi-layer bands), clear control instruments, dual signal peak value display with LEDs, as well as the universal connections DIN and RCA prove this high level of operating comfort exceptional AIWA device.


The excellent technical data is more proof of quality:
• Type: 4-track, 2-channel stereo compact cassette
• Heads: 2-heads, 1x record/playpack, 1x erase
• Pitch variation: 0.13% (DIN 45511)
• Frequency response with CrO2 band: 30-16,000 Hz (DIN 45500)
• S/N ratio (Dolby und CrO2 Band) 58dB


• Semiconductors: 1 IC, 36 transistors, 27 diodes, 2 FET, 4 LED
Á Dimensions: 450 x 155 x 300mm
• Weight: 8.5kg

With automatic loading

AIWA AD-6500 automatic loading mechanism slide 1
Insert the cassette horizontally
AIWA AD-6500 automatic loading mechanism slide 2
The cassette is automatically brought into the play position and locked in place by a hydraulic system
AIWA AD-6500 automatic loading mechanism slide 3
Playable without complicated manipulations. Gentle on cassette and player.
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