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Nakamichi CR-1

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1988-90)

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Nakamichi CR-1

Description

The CR-1 cassette deck incorporates many aspects of the sophisticated technology developed for Nakamichi's upper range models.

In a simple and compact package, this deck delivers sound quality that rivals many of its peers.

Specifications are guaranteed, as each deck is painstakingly adjusted at the factory.

Outstanding basic recording and playback performance is complemented by attractive design and exceptional ease of use.

Specifications

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: 1.0%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 265mm

Weight: 5.4kg

Year: 1988

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Reviewed Jun 20th, 2017 by tubeamp58

Excellent basic player performance is exceptional for its price range highly recommended

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Reviewed Mar 01st, 2014 by tallyho63

Good basic Nakamichi entry level deck. Note!!! NAKAMICHI entry level as opposed to Sony or Pioneer Akai, Technics, Yamaha, Marantz, Sanyo etc. entry level decks.
Sound and build quality is still pure Nakamichi.

 

Comments

re: CR-1A

Aquired this deck from a Community Television Studio (they were doing a house-cleaning, and this Nakamichi CR-1A Deck was being thrown in the garbage). I was fortunate to scoop it up before it became landfill.

I learned that this deck was a back-up deck, and had never been used more than a handful of hours. The heads have no visible wear, and the condition is immaculate.

Plugged it in, and my heart sank... the head transport mechanism didn't work. The rest seemed fine. So, disassembled the mechanism and removed the motor: put it on a DC source, lubed it, and let it run for a while. I believe it had seized from sitting so long without use.

This deck now works flawlessly, and is virtually brand new. Very good sound from an entry-level deck. Popped in a few metal tapes I had in storage, and the head alignment is dead-on! Wow... how lucky can a guy get?

It has been integrated into my home theater system, and the young people who visit are shocked when they hear it! Some have never even seen a cassette tape, let alone hear one play.

PS. I love how they designed the cassette door to be removed from the front for easy head cleaning.

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