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    Default Are Nakamichi cassette decks that much better?

    than say yahama. I saw a nakamichi 480 single cassette deck at the thrift store for $8.50. I didn't buy it since I already have a dual yamaha that I haven't even hooked up yet. When I got home and looked up the book value to be $60 but it was gone by the time I went back to buy it. Oh well it's not like I missed a pair of polks.

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    at $8.50, why are you even bother to think? ;)

    The answer is "it depends". I bought a nice NAK from Doro, and yes, it is better than my Yamaha. But it is all relative, compared to high-res CD/SACD, no cassette technology can surpass it. It's all about reminiscing the past, that's why and how I ended up with three decks.
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Older Nakamichi was thought to be good stuff. Kind of mid level, but well regarded by some. I used to have a Nak amp, but it got fried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese
    at $8.50, why are you even bother to think? ;)

    The answer is "it depends". I bought a nice NAK from Doro, and yes, it is better than my Yamaha. But it is all relative, compared to high-res CD/SACD, no cassette technology can surpass it. It's all about reminiscing the past, that's why and how I ended up with three decks.
    Can you hear any difference between the yamaha and the nak? I thought for sure it would be there when I went back an hour later but when I was leaving I saw a guy standing outside that buys stuff there and puts it on ebay so he probably got it. This is kind of hard to believe but he said he found a stevie nicks gold album one time at a garage sale and sold it for only $900 I think. I don't remember what he said he paid for it. I'll have to ask him again.

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    yes, I can hear the extra details and resolutions from the Nak. Bass is more profound, high is a bit better, not by a wide margin. It could be because the Nak has a better quality head, that would be my guess.
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    I've owned several Nak decks and they are superior in every way. I'm talking the 80's and earlier stuff & some very early 90's, not that late 90's stuff made in Tiawan, although those were good, just not as good (well built, attention to detail) as the earlier models.

    I've owned a Bx-100; Bx-125; Bx-300 (killer 3 head deck); Rx-505 and a Dragon. I currently own an early 90's CR-1A, but use it very rarely if at all. If @ $8.50 it works, I say go for it. If it has issues you can get them fixed, but it's expensive and you need to send it to someone who can do it right

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    Naks are okay but a little overrated. I still have a cassette deck in every rig I use. I had a Nak 581Z that I sold for a boatload of cash a couple years ago. That one cost me $10 mint, owners manual and original box.

    The He-Man rig has some kind of SONY ES cassette deck in it. I'm too lazy to go see the model #. It has a remote too. The Half-Ass HT rig has a Tandberg TCD-310 in it. I've had people walk in and say "George, that sounds great, I see you finally bought a DVD player." Yes that's true, I have DVD players. But those people were listening to a cassette recorded on that Tandberg. It's a 30 year old machine. $25 two years ago at a flea market. Original box. My office rig at the squadron has a Teac in it, only because the Onkyo TA-2056 that I had in there needs a PLAY motor. It died two weeks ago. $6.50 for that pup about 5 years ago in a thrifty. So for $8, yes you should've bought it. For $80, no.

    I forgot, I had a NAK LX-3 that somebody left on my desk at work. It was okay too, but died some years ago.

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    Tandberg, Top-line (older) Teac's were about the only thing that could keep up with the Naks. There are quite a few merely avg. Naks from about 88-93. In order to gain some foothold in the entry level segment they made some "lesser" models which were avg, but still better than most other brands. I've owned many cassette decks including a Pioneer CTF-950 and some Sony's, etc. A good Nak is where it's at when home recording was the thing. The Dragon was the single coolest piece of gear I've ever owned. The sound coming out of that thing was incredible, plus it was a serious piece to look at.

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    Nak made great decks, e.g., The Dragon, but they also had "budget" models that weren't all that... The one you missed out on is in the latter group.

    IMO main issue is compared to more modern decks with Dolby S and HX Pro, older Dolby B decks, be they Nak or other, just can't measure up.
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    IMHO the Naks were slightly better than the HK's in the 1980's. I picked the HK as it had Dolby B C and HX-Pro for far less.

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    I bought that Sony ES deck at GW a couple weeks back and have been very pleased with it. All kinds of tapes at the thrifts from people who bought lesser decks. About $19 for mine. Sony TC-WR99ES. There was good music before CD's came along. Not all listening is done while comparing different interconnects or power cords.

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    The best recording tape deck I ever owned or used was an HK I had from the mid 80's. I can't recall the model number, but it had Dolby B and C and HX pro. I made a ****load of mix tapes on that deck and they all sounded great.
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