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Nakamichi CR-3

Three Head Stereo Cassette Deck (1988-90)

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Nakamichi CR-3


The CR-3 Cassette deck incorporates such highly refined original Nakamichi features as the discrete 3-head system and diffused resonance double-capstan transport.

The circuit design reflects the latest amplifier technology.

Each deck is individually and carefully adjusted at the factory, to guarantee optimum performance.

The outstanding recording and playback quality is complemented by attractive appearance and exceptional ease of use.


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: 72dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.06%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.9%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 0.5V (line)

Dimensions: 430 x 100 x 265mm

Weight: 5.8kg

Year: 1988


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Reviewed Nov 22nd, 2015 by piripipi




re: CR-3

Unfortunately the service manual isn't very helpful when it comes to the belts. Any additional help/hints would be very welcome.

A guide for drive belt replacement?

1st off, thx bunches for posting the service manual.

Unfortunately, manual doesn't go into detail about replacing the belts :(

Anyone have some info here?

re: A guide for drive belt replacement?

That's I wanted to know as well...

re: A guide for drive belt replacement?

I did it viewing schematics in service manual

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