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Nakamichi CR-2

Two Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1988-90)

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Nakamichi CR-2


The CR-2 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.


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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re: CR-2

Nakamichi Product Description

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The CR-2 Sound Will Not Tell You It's A 2 Head Deck You'll Have To Take Our Word For It.

While many "serious" audio enthusiasts tend to shun 2 head cassette decks, the CR-2 is one model that will quickly change their minds. An extraordinary amount of time and energy was applied to the design and development of a 2 head reproduction system that would meet Nakamichi standards that means the type of sound quality achieved by our 3 head decks.

The result is sound and performance that is simply not recognizeable as coming from 2 head system. The sound of the CR-2 is pure Nakamichi, and that's what it takes to satisfy even the most demanding audio enthusiast.

Silent Mechanism •Microprocessor Control.

I have to agree with Nak here, the CR-2A that I own is a very competent machine. Dolby C recordings, in particular, are quiet and dynamic, while Dolby B transcriptions are near the quietest that Noise Reduction system can offer.

I own a 1988-vintage Soundstream made-in-California car deck with Dolby C and the tapes I made were top shelf quality. Cassettes, being far more durable than CD, are the ideal medium for auto-sound duty, second only to uncompressed 16/44 digital hard drive/SSD format.

The CR-2 (A-Americas, O-Asia, E-Europe) has that characteristic Nakamichi cassette sound, clean, dynamic, and very linear frequency response, not emphasizing any area from bottom to top.

Although Nakamichi factory-biases their tapes for their own brand of cassette, the tape was made by Maxell; you get excellent out-of-the-box results with Maxell XLI and XLII.

Bias adjustment means you can also use TDK SA (I don't recommend TDK's standard oxide tapes, but the Hi Bias SA is an outstanding formula, perhaps just a little brighter than the Maxell Hi-Bias XLII).

I can't comment on performance with Metal formula tapes, I don't use them. I would expect they would perform as in other decks, with a clean, sparkly high end and quiet reproduction.

The unit I own I bought from a commercial tape duplicator, he had about 60 CR-2A's in operation. They had two years of duty on the mechanisms. I was there early when he announced his sale (he was replacing them with dual decks) and had my pick of the units, I chose one that had been recently serviced with new belts and heads and a complete alignment. No complaints, and it's proven to be a reliable machine.

Some Nakamichi decks have a reputation for being somewhat less robust than others, but I think that by the time these units (CR-1x, CR-x2 and CR-3x) were manufactured, the typical issues had been resolved. Because Nak manufactured their own machines, unlike most Japanese brands which contracted that out, they are able to design and construct them exactly as they desire. About $Canadian 695.00 when new in 1988-1990, a time when cassette decks had reached their full maturity as far as development goes. $US MSRP was $500.00

For those considering one of these model Naks, I would suggest you can't go wrong, with the usual caveats that you want a unit in good condition. The CR-2x is the "sweet spot" in this series. Highly recommended.

Service Manual

Great machine and service manual is very fine to adjust the entire deck.

It make outstanding recordings almost better than my 3 head pioneer ctf 900

Thank for manual

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