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Nakamichi Dragon

Three Head Auto Reverse Cassette Deck (1982-93)

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Nakamichi Dragon

Description

The Nakamichi Dragon is a truly unique deck.

It is a direct drive, auto reverse cassette deck incorporating the epoch making NAAC system for automatic azimuth correction of the playback head.

Thanks to the NAAC system, sound quality differences between forward and reverse are completely eliminated and perfect playback is possible under all conditions.

Furthermore, manual calibration facilities for record sensitivity and bias permit high precision adjustment to suit the requirements of every tape.

Specifications

Type: auto reverse, 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: 2 x capstan, 1 x reel, 1 x auto azimuth, 1 x mechanism

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz  (Metal tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 72dB  (dolby C)

Wow and Flutter: 0.04%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.8%

Input: 50mV (line)

Output: 1V (line)

Dimensions: 450 x 135 x 300mm

Weight: 9.5kg

Year: 1982

Price: GBP £2350 (1992)

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re: Dragon

It's true, a Dragon can make your tapes sound like new if they have been preserved well. I got a Dragon last year and it had some issues, among which the clicking sound. The fault was a broken board and sub optimal pinch roller quality. Luckily I found a technician (in Germany) who is able to restore any deck, he overhauled the Dragon and it indeed sounds superb, not only for playback of existing tapes but for new recordings as well. The Dragon got me addicted to Nakamichi decks, I just bought a defective CR-7 which will be repaired and overhauled by the same guy. The other decks I have will go on sale, they no longer matter as they all sound bad in comparison (this includes more expensive Akais and Sonys).

I've done some research on the net to find out which decks are 'the best' and read a lot of opinions. Out came this list: Nakamichi ZX-9, Dragon, CR-7, Onkyo TA-2090 (or 2900 depending where you live) and Harman Kardon CD 491. Nakamichi themselves prefer the ZX-9 I read somewhere, so this may be an interesting deck too.

Happy taping!

re: Dragon

The best deck, bar none. This deck, when set up to record using the tone control, sounds as good as a CD for playback. Get a later serial number deck and have it restored. The number should be over 24,000 or so. Mine is 27---. Only 30 thousand were made and later in the run, upgrades were made to give you a much better unit. Mine, restored, plays so very, very well. Yes, I still record and listen to tapes. I will not take my CD's into a hot or cold car. They are my source media! Also, once a tape hits a player other than my dragon, it's not played in my Dragon again. Purchased tape collections you ask, yes, they will play really great on the dragon. You won't believe your ears! Keep in mind, if you have your Dragon restored and you put an old tape in it and it goes, Click, Click, Click, it's not your Dragon. The tape was recorded so bad, or the tape itself has been left in the heat and has warped the case the auto tape correction, which means the head adjusts in your dragon to play the tape to it's maximum capability, can't adjust to play the tape correctly! Pitch that terrible tape. My advice is to get a Dragon if you can afford one, get it restored and enjoy the rich, beautiful sound only Dragon can provide.

re: Dragon VERSES 500 focused GAP

,,have you ever ,,maybe listened to A Nakamichi 500 "dual Trace " deck with the Focused Gap??,, my question is should i get an other,Naki 500 Dual trace or go for the DRAGON with it's 22kHZ top end?? i can get another 500 for 90$ us. but i can't find a Dragon. input and expected to pay what for an un-restored Dragon and how much after one is Re-stored?

re: Dragon VERSES 500 focused GAP

,,have you ever ,,maybe listened to A Nakamichi 500 "dual Trace " deck with the Focused Gap??,, my question is should i get an other,Naki 500 Dual trace or go for the DRAGON with it's 22kHZ top end?? i can get another 500 for 90$ us. but i can't find a Dragon. input and expected to pay what for an un-restored Dragon and how much after one is Re-stored?

re: Dragon

Thank you for the explanation of "clicking" noises I found on a few old tapes. I theorized that might be the problem, but could find no direct answer, and so feared a possible problem with my deck.
Mine is serial number 17225. It works wonderfully, (other than the aforementioned clicks on one or two old tapes). I found tape hiss to be almost non existent, even with no Dolby at all. Incredible!!!
I don't know that fully restoring it to factory or additional mods would improve it sufficiantly to justify my additional costs. But then I'm new with Nakamichi. I would appreciate a list of potential benefits, if I were to have it 'upgraded'.
I was always an Aiwa AD-6700, AD-6900, and AD-6900 MKII fan in the past. But it is so hard to find ANYONE that can repair & restore them properly now.
Thanks, Ron

Nakamichi Dragon

Thanks. Great site.

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