Yes, this is a reel-to-reel. It's the superb Akai GX-77, one of their last models. Akai ended on a high note with this one. It truly is one of the best home reel-to-reels ever made, and shows the immense progress they made from their mediocre recorders of only a year or two earlier, like the 1710W and the 4000D. Sadly, by the time the GX-77 was introduced, the reel-to-reel format was on the wane, so few were made. They are highly prized and enjoy a much-deserved cult following!
Tom Sachs, Sony Outsider, 1998, mixed media, 5 × 5 x 10'. Courtesy of Tom Sachs Studio.