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Nakamichi ZX-7

Discrete Three Head Cassette Recorder (1981-84)

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Nakamichi ZX-7


The ZX-7 features Nakamichi Discrete Head Technology in which record, play and erase heads are mechanically as well as electrically independent.

Mechanical independence reduces crosstalk and allows each head to be contoured for smoothest response.

Of even more importance, the mechanically independent heads of the ZX7 can be adjusted individually for proper azimuth and allow the user to readjust record-head azimuth to correct for differences in tape path from cassette to cassette.


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

Tape Type: type I, CrO2, Metal

Noise Reduction: B, C

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 21kHz  (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: 1981

Price: USD $1250 (1981)


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Reviewed Oct 02nd, 2018 by jusbe

Along with the tuned version of the ZX-7, the ZX-9, for many this is the favourite of the Nakamichi line.

Combining the warmth of the classic transport with the depth and detail of the electronics of the time, this gives a full range sound and portrays the compact cassette at its analogue best. With a modern service and tune-up, the ZX-7 is a stellar performer. One can admire the CR-7 for its azimuth control (cold sound though), the Dragon for its playback prowess (if its not getting repaired, again) or 1000ZXL (if you can find and maintain one). But the ZX-7 has it all and more.



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I purchased my ZX-7 in Japan when I was stationed there from Dec 1982 to Dec 1986 at Yokota AB. I wanted the Dragon but couldn't afford one. The ZX-7 sold for $650.00, it retailed for $1250.00 back in the states. Mine still plays and records great today.

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You did better not having enough money--The ZX-7 is more dependable then the Dragon, Dustin

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Exactly - the sound of the ZX-7 is still quite unique - I have also the ZX-9 - a tiny bit better depending on the tape. Dragon - tried it once, liked ZX-9 better though.

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