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Nakamichi 500 Dual-Tracer

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1974-78)

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Nakamichi 500 Dual-Tracer


The Nakamichi 500 is the most advanced two-head cassette deck ever made.

At the heart of this outstanding system is Nakamichi's unique head, a technological breakthrough that closely approaches the performance capabilities of our world famous three had cassette decks.

Nakamichi Research Inc, whose meteoric rise to global renown stems from the new technology used to enhance the two Nakamichi three-head cassette deck Tri Tracer systems (1000 and 700), now takes pleasure in presenting a two-head cassette system which in every way echoes Tri Tracer originality and reliability.

The new Nakamichi 500 is of special significance because of newly-developed Focused-Gap type record/playback heads designed by Nakamichi to give a far better head-saturation level than is found in other two-head systems.

Consequently, the Dual Tracer's dynamic range is greatly extended, and in fact in terms of two-head cassette technology it offers a frequency response and signal-to-noise ratio that put it well out in front, even though it arrived late on the scene!


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Motor: DC servo

Tape Type: type I, Cr02

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 40Hz to 17kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 63dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.13%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.5%

Input: 70mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 1V (line)

Dimensions: 15 x 4.5 x 10 inches

Weight: 15.5lbs

Year: 1974


service manual   English -

brochure   English - Jeepo65

instruction/owners manual   English - aangen

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Reviewed Mar 31st, 2012 by Palko

Superior 2 head unit



re: 500 Dual-Tracer

I am not a cassette fanĂș but got this Nak 500 was not impressed reproducing Decca pre recorded tapes but did get highly impressed recording and playing back the recorded material,this unit made me forget my Advent 201 from back in the 70s,far superior ,nice two heads unit.The mechanical transport is very tough but reliable.

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