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Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1990)

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Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2


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, 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: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 1.2%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 320mm

Weight: 5.4kg

Year: 1990

Price: GBP £350 (1990)


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Reviewed Feb 28th, 2018 by motorradmike

I love my new to. E 28 year old Nak. Great sound and smooth controls. Going to replace belts and lube ASAP. Left channel consistently plays higher on the LED meters on playback. It may need some tweaking under the hood.

Reviewed May 07th, 2017 by Santi2104

Recently i was interested on trying different types of audio equipment, and i got an old stereo system that was from my father, that system was a kenwood system bought on 1981, and it had a kenwood kx 500 cassette deck in it, and the poor thing was just destroyed, it wasnt kept in good conditions, so i needed another deck. So after a little research i fond out that Nakamichi had one of the very best cassette decks out there, and having 100+ cassettes laying around, i was sure i needed a cassette deck.
And boy it was a great decision to buy this one, i was completely blown away from the sound this thing manages to achieve, it is practically indistinguishable from the source you are recording, even on type 1 TDK D90 cassettes, it sounds so damn good.
If someone thinks this may be an inferior deck because of its name, or because it is from the 90's, you are definitely wrong, it uses the same two motor transport like all the high end Nakamichi decks, and i can assure you it sounds like all the audiophile decks, or even better, a very high end deck.

Reviewed Nov 28th, 2015 by greenflash

This is an amazing piece of equipment. After trying hard with a couple of Pioneer and Akai decks, the Deck 2 showed me why some people insist that cassettes can sound the same or better than a CD. Silent, digital, efficient and minimalistic, this is an affordable deck that can make you happy.

Reviewed Sep 17th, 2012 by josecito7

muyyy buenooo



re: Cassette Deck 2

DR-3 and Cassette Deck 2 are almost identical so user manual would be the same

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re: Cassette Deck 2

I had a Nakamichi DR-3 for over 25 years. It finally died on me this past week. Great unit, great sound...I'll miss it.

re: Cassette Deck 2

I've just bought one from `Cash Converters' in Reading (UK) for £40, unmarked in silver and non-boxed, without handbook. Always wanted a Nak, but was happy with a Yammie KX 393. I patched the Nak into my system and played a chrome tape of my own recordings from the yammie, it didn't sound so much better than the yammie, but then the yammie is a very nice sounding machine, so really the improvement would only be at a technical degree, so in real terms, it sounded damn good too (the Nak). The build quality is as good as the sound and the internals are as neat as the rest of the unit. I cannot let it go without a minor criticism, the tape selector buttons, type I, II, IV. yep I can decipher roman numbers, but what was wrong with:- Fero, Chrome, Metal? (Type IV is metal, innit?).
Does anyone have a date of manufacture for these units? I believe these were the last Naks to be sold, so I'm guessing some where in the nineties?

UPDATE:- I've now had a chance to listen to this deck more closely, on metal tape recorded from vinyl (GL75/Ortofon into Quad 34/306, it is very good. Pre recorded tapes, although of mixed quality, come over very convincingly. A casual listener would be challenged to differentiate between this and a good CD! A great pity it isn't equipped with Dolby S or HX Pro.

Nak Cassete deck 2 Quality

Bought mine in 1996. It´s been sitting unused in the rack for years. Recently started to digitise my live-and studiotapes.
IT´s ALIVE!!!!! And sounds as great as ever.

re: Nak Cassete deck 2 Quality

Did you buy it new in '96 Beachmountain? I'd like to know how old mine is, '96 makes yours 17 years old if you bought it new.
I started to digitize my music collection, but when my vinyl and tape outlived some of my digital copies, I had to question why I was doing it! That and the fact that digital doesn't cut it as good on high end hifi gear!! On top of this argument was the shear quantity of my collection of LP's 45's and cassettes. So now I listen to them as is, which takes us back on to why I bought a Nak, Yamaha, Aiwa and a Kenwood cassette recorder(s), eh?

Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 Manual

new to the website. Just recently bought an Nakamichi Cassette Deck CR-2A this week at a Flee Market. In need of an owners manual; the unit sounds GREAT!


Display panel shows "err"

After several years of non-frequent usage, I recently started to use my Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 again.
The initial joy was not for too long, because first the tape got stuck, so therefore I had to disassemble the "heads unit" in
order to remove the tape, and then the cassette.
After that I was able to use the deck for a couple of days. But now the display panel shows "err". And when I disassemble the heads unit again, I cannot remove the cassette. I think it's because the heads are still in upward position and therefore the unit look "locked" in some way. Does anyone kwow how I can resolve this? Is there a somesort of software reset, to release the heads?

re: Display panel shows "err"

Is this a manifestation of the dreaded `dead spot on cam motor' syndrome I ask?

This is a problem for motors that normally `rest' or stop at the same position of their rotation sequence and so develop a `dead spot'. With the `lid off' this motor can be seen at the lower left (from the units front) of the cassette mech, mounted `sideways' and drives a worm and pinion through 90deg into a cam-switch arrangement. If the motor is really ill it will have to be replaced, but sometimes unmounting it and causing it to `run' for a period of time can resuscitate it. It seems that this ailment often occurred on this mech and is blamed on infrequent use.

These Cassette Deck 2's are all over twenty years old now (mfd '90-'92) and it is remarkable how well they still perform, comparing favorably with CD. Many folks `upgraded' to CD when they became popular as a medium and disposed of their cassette equipment and tapes, ignoring the fact that most CD decks DON'T have a recording feature, so you can only replace favourite records. CD recorders were made of course, IF you were a rich pleb!!

Be aware that with the `lid' off, there is exposed electrical mains connections at the rear left of the unit's pcb. (facing from the units front.) Also consider that your local Power Station and distribution network is MUCH bigger than you!!

Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 owners manual

Why doesn't Hifi Engine provide the owners manual for this unit? Does anyone have an idea of where to find it?


re: Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 owners manual

Hifi engine does provide this manual as I just printed a copy.

Cassette Deck 2 Owners manual

I have a copy of this which I am very happy to copy for you if you are still looking for one.

re: Cassette Deck 2 Owners manual

Hi there:

Can you please send me the owner's manual of Nakamichi Cassette 2? I got one in prinstine condition lately and am very surprised by the sound quality.



re: Cassette Deck 2 Owners manual

I just obtain a Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2, but didn't come with a owner manual. could you make a copy of it, if you still have one around to make a copy.


Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2

Hi Phil,

I was wondering if you might send a scanned copy of the owner's manual my way, too? Just picked one up off the "bay" and will be awaiting its arrival before long.

All the best,

Owners manual for cassette 2

Hi, I would be most grateful if you could email me a scanned copy of your user manual.I have just bought the Nakamichi cassette 2 and I have to say that the sound quality is up to the standard of my old Akai which I've had to retire.Thank you in anticipation.Anne Faulkner

Cassette Deck 2 Owners Manual

Can you email me a copy of this owners manual?



Hi Johnny, I only have a hard

Hi Johnny, I only have a hard copy but I am happy to scan and sendi to you or mail a photocopy.
Just let me know which you prefer.
Sorry for the delay but been away.

Nakamichi cassette deck 2

I too would like to obtain a copy of owners manual if possible.

Owners Manual

I too would like to have a copy (scanned) of the Owners Manual if possible...

Owners Manual Too!

If you still have a copy of the Nakamichi CR-2A Cassette Deck owners manual, I'd like to have a copy of it.

Thanks in advance.


re: Owners Manual Too!

i just signed up and was under the impression that the owner's manual for the Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 was available on this site but i guess that was just a link to comments on this topic.
i just tried recording from this thing again today after not using it for years and stopped what i was doing because of a hum.
i will keep trying to find a manual but if anyone can make this available online i'd really appreciate it.

re: Owners Manual

Scroll up to the page, the owners manual is under the heading 'downloads'

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