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Nakamichi CR-5

Three Head Dual Capstan Stereo Cassette Deck (1986-90)

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Nakamichi CR-5


The Nakamichi CR-5 boasts superb head and transport design, incorporating such highly refined features as the discrete 3-head system and a direct drive dual capstan transport.

This approach assures the ultimate in vital cassette performance.

Ample use of innovative Nakamichi technology thoroughly lets you explore the full potential of every tape, to complement any program source and to achieve virtually perfect recording and playback.

In order to take full advantage of this units superior performance, please read this manual in its entirety and retain it for future reference.


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 20kHz  (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: 435 x 135 x 306mm

Weight: 8.5kg

Year: 1986

Price: GBP £995 (1990)


instruction/owners manual   English -

brochure   English - MAN3377

5/5A/5E service manual   English - Ivy Caudieus

flyer   English - maxxim

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Reviewed Sep 18th, 2016 by Willy Rosier

Perfecte opname en weergave met gebruik van Maxell XLII en TDK SA enz... Zelfs met Sony HF en Maxell UR. Dit met Bias neutaal. Prachtig toestel.
Mijn cr-5 heeft nieuwe cap's en is wel volledig opnieuw geregeld volgens de richtlijnen van Nakamichi. Gaat nooit weg!



re: CR-5

Used to own this deck back in the late '80s to mid '90s. Was a Nak Dealer and had access to all the Nakamichi machines and the Beocord 9000? I believe. The CR5 was easily the best sounding machine in our store - I bought the floor sample cause it was so right sounding.

The internal construction was very nice with respects to 2 large circuit boards that could easily be hinged up for internal adjustments to optimize for tape formulations. ZX Metal was optimal :-)

Direct Drive motors and a full 1.0V output with reference tape as I recall.

The Standard IMO.

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