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Nakamichi BX-100

Two Head Cassette Deck (1984-87)

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Nakamichi BX-100


This model was developed on the basis of this companys extensive experience experience with high grade cassette decks.

While incorporating much of Nakamichis 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: 1984


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Reviewed Mar 23rd, 2015 by j0hnh0dg

This deck sounds and measures way better than it should. The idler wheel in the transport is a trouble spot, but replacements exist and are not a lot of money. A fellow came over to hear some speakers, but spent a good deal of time playing with the cassette. He did not know cassettes could sound that good!

Reviewed Apr 10th, 2014 by tutor turtle

One of Nakamichi's entry level machines. The good: outstanding sound quality for the money. The bad: the transport is prone to early failure, the take-up reel loses grip and the machine senses it and shuts down. The only real solution was to have the whole transport replaced with the factory replacement. Clearly Nak knew there was a problem, because the new transport has far out-lasted the original.



re: BX-100

This may have been on the lower end of Nakamichi's product line, but this little gem sounds better than decks costing twice as much. I bought a 3-head four motor Denon for a lot more money and this deck clearly sounds better. The one problem common to this deck is the transport section (made by Sanyo), specifically the cam-acton motor that moves the heads up into position to play. The brushes get corroded with age and need to be cleaned regularly. (every two years or so, less so with regular use) The replacement transports from the factory used an improved system, which I opted for.

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