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Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1

Three Head Dual Capstan Stereo Cassette Deck (1990-92)

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Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1


A core made from selected crystalloy and Nakamichis famous processing technology result in a magnetic head complement that is capable of delivering outstanding performance even with normal position tape (20 to 21000 Hz +-3 dB).

This kind of response makes music reproduction really come alive.


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 21kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 72dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 320mm

Weight: 5.4kg

Year: 1990

Price: GBP £700 (1990)


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Reviewed Dec 15th, 2015 by pdemara

I recently picked up a Nak Cassette Deck 1. My first thought was WOW when testing pre-recorded tapes. I was amazed at how many pre-recorded tapes are off azimuth. No wonder many audiophiles passed on cassette decks back in the 80's and 90's. With this Nak you can manually adjust the exact playback tape head azimuth to where things sound good... I personally prefer manual head adjustment vs. auto adjustment like the Dragon has. As well less complexity means less to go wrong.

Recording and playback performance with all tapes is superb. Of course the best of the best is with Metal tape which sadly is no longer made. When copying vinyl, this deck provides 99%+ of the emotion of the original vinyl. There is a difference from source to tape but it's ever soooooo close... I'm not a big fan of dolby B/C due to playback tracking errors but because you can get the playback head 100% perfectly aligned to the record head, dolby tracking works as it should, in the background... No pumping or high frequency roll off, just less tape hiss... Bottom line, this deck is highly recommended by yours truly and it probably won't cost you an arm and leg like a Dragon will. I picked up my mint condition unit for less than $100 US at a estate sale store. Good hunting... :-)



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