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Nakamichi BX-300

Three Head Dual Capstan Stereo Cassette Deck (1984-87)

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Nakamichi BX-300


The BX-300 incorporates a wealth of original Nakamichi technology such as the Discrete Three Head system, a Direct Drive Asymmetrical, Diffused Resonance Dual Capstan Transport etc.

The deck is designed to deliver outstanding performance in every basic aspect, while providing a reasonable choice of useful features.


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, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

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

Signal to Noise Ratio: 70dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.027%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.9%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 1V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 250mm

Weight: 5.6kg

Accessories: optional remote control

Year: 1984


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Reviewed Jan 04th, 2020 by MATHERLY


Reviewed Jul 12th, 2019 by Alchemist_8

I look at this as a Baby Dragon!
It is that good and a rare find. If you can get one, buy it and cherish it.

Reviewed Jan 09th, 2019 by dty1

I bought the BX-300E way back when first released. Fantastic deck to replace my Sony TC-186SD which was also a good deck. I still have that and my TC-270 RTR as well. Just bought an old TC-730 RTR. Needs work but what a RTR! Thanks so much for the manuals. I have the original owner manuals of the ones I bought but didn't have the service manuals. Hifiengine is awesome! Thanks. Much appreciated.

Reviewed Oct 02nd, 2018 by Schmeichel75

Extremely good sounding and reliable deck!

Reviewed Oct 14th, 2016 by Jack_loves_sansui

Fantastic deck.. Big, fat sound... top performer... = Nakamichi.. If you find one in good condition buy it...and then you can really enjoy analog sound from the tape...

Reviewed Jan 25th, 2016 by tim_ring

Bought one in the late 80s. Was the best (and last) cassette deck I ever had. With metal tape the performance was astounding, recordings of CD were indistuingishable from the original. I remember doing blind testing with friends switching between source and tape and no one could tell. Not used in a long time as digital recording has made cassette decks the most redundant/obsolete of all hi-fi subsystems (I use digital recording now and a laptop (with ODAC1) and an xDuoo-X3 now replaces original hi-fi cassette deck and portable tape solutions. Old amps/speakers live on but cassette decks and reel-to-reels are genuine relics.

Reviewed Nov 24th, 2015 by Michael E. Burke

A great old deck, that still performs quite well.



re: BX-300

I love my BX-300. It is my go-to deck for saving old cassettes to CD. The only thing lacking is it had no illumination in the cassette well, which I added and now I believe it is the best value all around in an affordable, three head, direct drive deck. I have other decks but this one is my favorite and I was lucky to find one that had been well cared for. Highly recommended and the Sankyo mechanism is very good.

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re: BX-300

Thank you very much for all service manual.

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