Showing posts with label Nakamichi. Show all posts
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24 July 2021

FIDELA by Nakamichi - The Origin of Nakamichi

 

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Nakamichi was founded by Etsuro Nakamichi in 1948 as Daiichi Onkyo Co. Ltd. which in 1958 became Nakamichi Research Corporation Ltd. and it was later headed by the founder's younger brother Niro Nakamichi. The company specialised in manufacturing portable radios, tonearms, speakers, microphones (Primo Dynamic) and communications equipment but it was only after 1972 that they started using the Nakamichi brand name. 

In 1951 they have developed one of the first open reel tape recorders in Japan under the Magic Tone brand, these were initially sold as a kit. In 1957 they developed and manufactured proprietary magnetic tape heads and started manufacturing reel to reel recorders, for US distribution as OKI 555 (1962), and under the FIDELA brand name. In 1965 they have launched the Fidela 807 3-head Open Reel Stereo Tape Deck, also rebadged as harman/kardon TD-3 and KLH Model 41. They also made one of their first cassette recorders as Fidela NR-11 in 1967. Because of its experience in manufacturing magnetic tape heads and equipment, in 1967 the company started making tape decks for a number of foreign manufacturers including Harman Kardon, KLH, Advent, Fisher, ELAC, Sylvania, Concord, Ampex and Motorola. (Fidela model range: 11, 22, 33, 55, Studio 77, Studio 77D, 300D, 300DS, 720, 780, 807, 860, 920, 960)

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Magic Tone (1951) 2-Head | 4.5kg






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Fidela 11 2-Head | 40Hz-15Khz | 6w mono



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Fidela 33 (1964) 2-Head | wow&flutter 0.12% | 30Hz-18kHz | s/n 50dB | 2x3W


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OKI 555 / Fidela 55 (1964) 2-Head | wow&flutter 0.12% | 30Hz-18kHz | s/n 50dB | 2x7W

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Fidela Studio 77 (1964) 2-Head | wow&flutter 0.12% | 20Hz-22kHz | s/n 50dB | 2x6W

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Fidela Studio 300D (1960) 2-Head | wow&flutter 0.15% | 50Hz-15kHz | s/n 50dB

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Fidela 720 (1966) 2-Head | wow&flutter 0.15% | 40Hz-18kHz | s/n 50dB

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Fidela GemSonic 807 (1965) 3-Head | 3-speed | 30Hz-20kHz | wow&flutter 0.15% | s/n 50dB | 300x150x210 mm | 7kg

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Fidela 920 (1967) 4-Head | wow&flutter 0.15% | 40Hz-18kHz | s/n 50dB

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Fidela NR-11 (1967)




03 July 2021

Nakamichi 1000 Tri-Tracer (1973) - World's First 3-head deck.

 

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According to the Nakamichi literature, the 1000 Tri-Tracer introduced in 1973 was the World First 3-head cassette deck. On the other hand the SONY TC-177SD was also the World First 3-head cassette deck, so it's up to you to decide which was "The First"... One thing is for sure, the 1000 Tri-Tracer was a technological tour de force. Tri-Tracer is the designation employed by Nakamichi Research Inc. to describe a new generation of cassette recorders. Three completely separate heads - erase, record, playback - afford off-the-tape monitoring, but more importantly, extend flat frequency response to beyond 20,000 Hz. The record head is of Hi-Mu ferrite with five micron gap to insure optimum tape saturation. The playback head has a special Hi-Mu hard permalloy core with titanium film laminations permitting a gap width of only 0.7 microns, thus extending high frequency response. Also, proper head azimuth alignment is crucial to extend high frequency response. Nakamichi provides a foolproof means for achieving precise alignment everytime. Two small LED's on the panel flash alternately when the head alignment is properly set. A 400 Hz test tone oscillator is incorporated as an aid in adjusting the azimuth of the recording head and as a reference tone for adjusting the record/playback level of different tape formulations. 

Tape is driven through a closed-loop, dual capstan system by a pulse-controlled D.C. servo motor which maintains consstant speed over a wide range of line voltage and frequency variations. Two large staggered flywheels smooth out any residual speed irregularities and insure extremely low wow and flutter. In addition to the standard mic inputs, a third blend mic input is provided. Each input has its own level control thus permitting professional quality mixing. The blend mic is particularly helpful in highlighting solo instruments and voices. Technical data: Wow and Flutter less than 0.1% (DIN 45507 Weighted Peak) | Frequency response: 35-20,000 Hz (+/-3 dB Chrome) | Dimensions 515x305x240 mm | Weight 17,7 kg. Optional accesory: RM10 wired remote control, flightcase. Original sale price: 2798 DM, 1100 USD.

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08 January 2019

Nakamichi CR-7 (1986) - Performance From Every Tape

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Nakamichi was at the vanguard of high-class cassette decks, providing the highest possible performance quality from every cassette while at the same time simplifying deck operation to make that performance available to everyone. The Nakamichi CR-7 and CR-5 Discrete-Head Cassette Decks embody both the vital aspects of this trend, offering fully discrete three-head designs, direct-drive closed-loop dual-capstan transports, low-distortion/low noise amplifiers and a host of other features. The Nakamichi CR-7 features the unique Nakamichi Auto Calibration System and the Playback-Head Azimuth Fine Tuning Control. While both decks offer superb value and can easily be integrated with the components of even the finest audio system in any home, they have been specifically designed to match the Nakamichi Home Audio Electronics Systems "7" and "5", for outstanding performance with the added convenience of total System Remote Control. Other features included are: real-time tape counter for C-90/60/46 tape - even if the tape is not fully wound to its begining when mounted, Dual-Speed Master Fader Control with Auto Fade function (tape end auto fade out), Wireless Remote Control (CR-7), Output Level Control, Headphone Terminal.
These cassette deck were built between 1986-1993 in three versions CR-70/CR-7A/CR-7E.


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13 February 2018

Nakamichi - Anatomy of a Dragon.

Nakamichi Dragon

The Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck was an exciting combination of innovative design, convenience features and outstanding performance. It was first introduced at $2,499 and it was targeted at serious high-end clientele until it was discontinued in 1993 after an 11-year production run.

Here are the highlights of the technologies used in the Nakamichi Dragon:

Because of Azimuth misalignment in tape reproduction high frequency response can be severely restricted. Nakamichi equipped this deck with a NAAC (Nakamichi Auto Azimuth Correction) system capable of extracting every bit of information stored on a cassette. NAAC automatically determines the actual recorded azimuth on the tape, aligns the playback head to it, and continues to track it throughout the program. It works on comercially recorded tapes, tapes borrowed from a friend and even if the tape has been recorded with improper azimuth. 

To exploit to the maximum tape performance, the Nakamichi Dragon was the world's first Dual-Capstan, Double-Direct-Drive, Auto-Reverse cassette deck. For speed stability this model uses two Super-Linear-Torque Quartz controlled direct drive capstan motors. 

For optimum recordings the Nakamichi Dragon is provided with separate sets of bias and record-level (sensitivity) controls for each channel and tape type. Self-contained test oscillators generates a 400 Hz signal for setting record level and a 15 kHz tone for adjusting bias. Technical specifications: 3+2 motor mechanism, Wow-and-Flutter is less than 0.019 WTD RMS, Frequency response 20 Hz-22,000 Hz (+/-3 dB, -20dB level) and Signal-to-Noise Ratio better than 72 dB with Dolby C and better than 66 dB with Dolby B.

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3 Head - NAAC

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Tape pad lifter - 4 track head

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Nakamichi Dragon mechanism detail

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05 December 2017

7 Cassette Decks....Then They Were Vertical

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AKAI on the wall - 1974

When we say Cassette deck we normally think of a square box of a component that can be stacked one on each other. This was not however always the case. In the 70's some manufacturers tried a different approach by promoting vertical standing models that can be wall mounted or simply standing next to a tape recorder - like the big boys. Here is a selection of vertical standing cassette decks by various manufacturers.


akai gxc-510d 1974
AKAI GXC-510D 1974

aurex pc-6030 1976
Aurex (TOSHIBA) PC-6030 1976

denon dr750 1977
DENON DR750 1977

nakamichi 700 1973
Nakamichi 700 1973

PHILIPS N2521 1977
PHILIPS N2521 1977

teac a-860 1976
TEAC A-860 1976

tandberg TCD 330 1977
TANDBERG TCD 330 (right) 1977

For More Cassette Deck click here.

26 July 2015

Musicians in audio adverts.

As a music lover I'm sure you like to listen to your favourite artist at home, on the road, in your studio, on the best audio equipment. Let's take a look at some of your favourite artists and their recommendations for audio equipment through this series of vintage audio advertisements.

Loud and clear. That's how you want your music at home. "Baby Jane", all you need is a pair of ALTEC LANSING loudspeakers said Rod Stewart.



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"Baby you can drive my car". That's what Ringo Starr (The BEATLES) said in 1978. He also said that you're going to be a star only if you have a CRAIG car stereo.

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In 1985 Dire Straits teamed up with PHILIPS on a world tour promoting the new PHILIPS Compact Disc. They were like "Brothers in arms".

MORE: 30 years of Compact Disc

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In 1986 Genesis was recording their hits with SONY Digital equipment. Play them back with the "Invisible touch" of a SONY compact disc player, they recommend.

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Choose 7 of your favourite Doors album and place them in a 7 Disc CD changer from Nakamichi, was Ray Manzarek's recommendation in 1993.

MORE: AKAI elevator-style 7-disc CD player 

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"Fanfare for the common man" "Works" well with CRAIG car audio, said Emerson Lake and Palmer.

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"Breakfast in America", and you're on the road again. What better way to take a look back on your favourite concert song then a SPARKOMATIC car audio from 1983.  

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You're in your studio working on your next hit. AKAI is crucial for "The end of innocence" said Don Henley (Eagles)

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Family harmony. Aparently that's why Alice Cooper and his mother choose the FISHER (SANYO) 24 disc CD changer in 1993.

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These are all things of a glorious past and they will never return.
Is the future sad ? See what Ray thinks....