Nakamichi 500 Dual-Tracer
Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1974-78)
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
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Reviewed Mar 31st, 2012 by Palko
Superior 2 head unit