Discrete Three Head Cassette Deck (1992)
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: 0.035%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%
Input: 50mV (line)
Output: 0.5V (line)
Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 320mm
Price: GBP £780 (1992)
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Reviewed Feb 03rd, 2016 by guest
I have a DR-1, bought second hand, which I was very pleased with. However, after a few months of use something went wrong with the tape transport. I had this fault repaired at a cost of about what I paid for the deck. Recently a further problem developed in the same area. Rather than spend more money on repair I replaced the DR-1 with a CR-4, which I find gives a better performance than the DR-1. Naturally I don’t know if all CR-4s are better than all DR-1s but in this case I notice in the CR-4 a definite improvement in spaciousness and a deeper, more defined bass performance. It records well too, and the manual tape calibration control is effective. Bill Wang’s comment that you don’t need the most expensive tapes I would agree with entirely. I got excellent results with basic type I tape with the DR-1 and I can say the same about the CR-4. If you make your recordings carefully you’ll be completely satisfied.
I have quite a lot of audio cassettes on which I copied records years ago. No longer having the records, a good cassette deck is important to me and I find the Nakamichis do the trick (earlier I had a DR-3 — again extremely good but not in the same league as the Nakamichi three-head jobs, of course). It is disappointing about my DR-1: they have excellent user reviews, and I guess I might have just ended up with a bad one (or maybe it was heavily used by the previous owner). I don't feel able to give top marks for this particular DR-1.
All this is necessary because digital sound turns my blood to ice.
Reviewed Jun 23rd, 2015 by Bill Wang
If you ever need a cassette tape recorder again, get this one.
You don't need to buy the most expensive tapes to enjoy the best results; any type II (CrO2) will get you to smile.
One note: if you have a big hand like mine, you may wish they put in a bigger Power button. It is a little too small, just my personal opinion, for a power button of any recorders.
Reviewed Apr 02nd, 2015 by hgturner
Supurb Deck on every level.
Reviewed Oct 08th, 2012 by majorfubar
Not as good as 'classic' Nakamichi range toppers, e.g.: for starters it has belt-driven capstans in place of DD motors, and there is no auto bias and level calibration, nor even any built-in oscillator to assist with setting the bias fine tune. However you've got to put it in perspective. When I say the DR-1 is not as good as classic range-topping Naks, it's like a sports-car reviewer saying the Aston Martin DB9 is not as good as the DBS: the DR-1 will still probably wipe the floor with anything which isn't a Nak.