Three Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1988-90)
The CR-4 Cassette deck incorporates such highly refined original Nakamichi features as the discrete 3-head system and diffused resonance double-capstan transport.
The circuit design reflects the latest amplifier technology.
Each deck is individually and carefully adjusted at the factory, to guarantee optimum performance.
The outstanding recording and playback quality is complemented by attractive appearance and exceptional ease of use.
Type: 3-head, single compact cassette deck
Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record, 1 x playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan, 1 x mechanism
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 72dB (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.027%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%
Input: 50mV (line)
Output: 0.5V (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 265mm
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Reviewed Oct 05th, 2015 by Namikis
One of the best Nak decks of the modern era without having to go into the crazy expensive Dragon / CR7 levels. Can be a pain to swap out pinch rollers, otherwise straightforward to maintain.
Reviewed May 01st, 2014 by joe_g101
I sold Nakamichi at retail for 3 years, and through ownership of this model learned much about Nak, and their customer service, or lack thereof. I owned my 1st CR4 briefly, and although was pleased with it's performance, the cassttes were poor when played on other brands, typical with their head alignments, but there is more to it than just that. It was quickly stolen and replaced, and I received a complete lemon the second time around. Frequency response was rated within specs, and indeed had a 3db downpoint of 22K with a chrome formulation. This was verified at a Nak clinic. Unfortunately, the unit was 2db down at 1K. Despite the remarks and printout given by the Nak technician at the clinic, Nak refused to fix or replace, denying that the frequency resonse down points were not only representative of the high and low frequency response. Not a smart move when relying on a salesman to sell your product. I learned more about their methods of head alignment and fudging eq curves in order to avoid scrapping heads. The mechanism for the transport is excellent, and a real step up from the idler tire fiascos of the BX100/150/300 - but there are many fine machines, for less money, that will easily equal the performance of a properly functioning CR4, and without the pesky problem of producing tapes that will only sound best when played back on the machine it was recorded.