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Nakamichi 550

Two Head Portable Cassette System

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Nakamichi 550


With the new Model 550 Dual Tracer Cassette System, Nakamichi Research extends their revolution in cassette technology to in-the-field recording.

Like the impressive Dual Tracer 500, whose outstanding performance it closely matches, the 550 employs Nakamichi's exclusive Focused-Gap head for extended high frequency response and extremely low distortion.

Complete with its own self contained battery power supply, the Nakamichi 550 may also be operated from a car battery or from a standard AC line (with adaptors supplied).

Professional 45dB range, peak level meters attest to the unit's extended dynamic range and are especially useful during live recording sessions.

Speed control is absolute. A built-in Super Stabilizer prevents power supply voltage fluctuations and a pulse controlled DC servomotor maintains absolute speed stability.

No matter where you are, under the most rigorous field conditions or in the comfort of your living room, the Nakamichi 550 is the perfect companion.


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: 65dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.13%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.5%

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

Output: 0.58V (line)

Dimensions: 311 x 89 x 350mm

Weight: 5.1kg


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nakamichi 550

thanks folks for giving some hope on keeping my recorder in working order.
i got some work to do on it, and the manual is greatly appreciated.

thanks again

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