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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.

re: CR-3

There are 2 belts. 1 for the 2 fly-wheels connected to the capstans. The other (smaller) belt connects to behind the left take up reel and then to another gear an inch to the left of that. To replace you need to remove the transport. It's easier if you disconnect a couple of the wiring harnesses from the main pcb near the transformer. You can remove the other ones if you want to completely take the transport away from the case, but you don't need to to get to the belts. There are also a couple of zip ties that hold on to those 2 wiring harnesses that you will need to cut or release to free up the transport enough to get it out of the case. Then you need to take off the motor housing from the back of the transport. I think it's 3 screws. Then you can put the new belt around the two flywheels and then onto the motor spindle and put the housing back on with the screws. The other belt is accesses from the front of the transport. there is a black metal piece that goes over the two take up reels. remove that with 2 screws and carefully move it to the side as its attached to a couple wires. then you can easily put the small belt around the two wheels on the left side, the right one being behind the left take up reel. Then put everything back together. And don't forget to but that ground wire screwed back to the case. Check out this vid. it's not a full tare-down (they make you pay for that) but in the first 5 minutes you can see enough info to tell you how to access these belts. https://youtu.be/y_toWB_mbOU

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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