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Nakamichi BX-2

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1982-83)

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Nakamichi BX-2


Today's budget-conscious audiophile is faced with a difficult decision. As costs sky rocket, the price of high-quality sound is slipping beyond the reach of many music lovers.

Must they sacrifice performance to stay within budget? We don't think so, and as proof, we offer the BX-2!

Many low-cost cassette recorders offer numerous features, but, when you listen to them, something is missing. Sound lacks clarity; detail is lost in a confused muddy homogeneity, and all the knobs and controls in the world don't rescue it.

What is lacking is basic performance, the sine qua non of high-fidelity reproduction. So much has been spent on features - many of which will never be used - that little is left to ensure quality.

The BX-2 is different. Emphasis is on sonic excellence, not bells and whistles; on clean elegant styling, not superfluous knobs. Compare the sound of the BX-2 with competitively priced models. We're confident you'll hear the difference quality makes!


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, C

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 68dB  (dolby C)

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



re: BX-2...A "cheap"Nakamichi but always souns as a Nakamichi!!!

I bought today a used BX 2 unit with a problem...Powers on but nothing else..:( I open the unit and found that power supply was dead (IC 7812) I replace it,change the "classic" idler tire and....woooooaaaa! It's alive again!!!! Amazing sound,perfect recordings with no bells,exotic buttons and fancy lights! Just pure sweet sound! Well,for 40 euros (plus pennies for the parts) was a good deal!
My BX2 is here to stay for ever!

re: BX-2

I still have one - first owner. Well maintained. Capstan wheel has been replaced 15 years ago (still have a new one) and the little rubber traction wheel has been replaced 2x which is normal wear and tear. This machine still sounds awesome and it has still a prominent place between the rest of the gear (mostly Yamaha). The only disadvantage of this machine is the lack of power to spool quickly up and down. Never regretted having bought this deck!

re: BX-2

Nice deck for the time. Be aware of worn idler tire (regulary) and nonfunctional servo motor (sometimes). Sounds as a Nak should. Awful electrical harness inside. Needs complete "orange caps" replacement, which is a lot of work and if you can't DIY it's expensive. In case of the caps "needs" means really really recommended to prevent this device from rendering to scrap.

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