Auto-Reverse Three Head Cassette Deck (1984-93)
To Nakamichi, 3-Head always means three discrete heads, physically independent record, playback and erase heads that are perfectly optimized and critically aligned in magnetic azimuth to ensure flat response to beyond 20 KHz and optimum MOL.
Type: auto reverse, 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, 2 x mechanism
Tape Type: type I, Cr02, Metal
Noise Reduction: B, C
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (Metal tape)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 70dB (dolby C)
Wow and Flutter: 0.04%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.9%
Input: 50mV (line)
Output: 1V (line)
Dimensions: 450 x 144 x 300mm
Price: GBP £1000 (1990)
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Reviewed Dec 28th, 2014 by RTM
One of only a handful of models that get auto-reverse right. Like the Dragon, it's in a category pretty much by itself. I'm a huge fan of Pioneer Decks and many of them compete successfully with many of Nak's offerings. But the fact remains that Nak was the target that Pioneer had to aim for and (usually) not the other way around. With the exception of the orange cap syndrome, Naks also seem to hold up without major restoration issues longer than many of their competitors. YMMV.