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Nakamichi BX-1

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1982-84)

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Nakamichi BX-1


The BX-1 was developed on the basis of this companys extensive experience experience with high grade cassette decks.

While incorporating much of Nakamichi's superior technology and following its sound policy, this basic model delivers high overall characteristics and represents an extraordinary value at a moderate price.


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: 1 x reel, 1 x capstan

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 62dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 110 x 250mm

Weight: 5.5kg

Year: 1982



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Reviewed Jan 31st, 2020 by

Just purchased my BX-1 What a great machine sounds just a good as my Teac Z-6000 but at a fraction of the price.Unit is flawless and sounds fantastic. also purchased a 680ZX but unit is being serviced was not working.will f/u when i get it back.

Reviewed Sep 13th, 2019 by

I have always been obsessed with Nakamichi's products. The BX-1 is a savior in terms of price and build quality. When it comes to playback the drive system is seamless and every frequency on the tape shines through brilliantly. There are times I forget that I am actually listening to a cassette. Its wow and flutter is minimal and its signal to noise ratio is phenomenal. It's record quality is nothing shy of sheer amazement, every piece of your recording comes through and upon playback of the recorded material it is on par with gear that is priced much higher. It has Dolby B as well as three bias controls which cover normal to metal tapes. The only thing missing is Dolby C and HDX. With that being said If you need a tape deck but do not want to spend 1,000's of dollars this is the one for you.



re: BX-1

I just bought one of these units, with no documentation, so I'm grateful to have these manuals. Thanks!!

Thank You

Thank you for making the BX-1 manual available.
I learned a lot!
Bob V.

Owner's Manual for BX-1

Thank you very much for making this manual available to us purchasers of used equipment.

Thank You

For the Nakamichi MR-1 .... just got one and do some recording on it. Thanks Again, Vince

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