This listing is for a very clean Nakamichi Dragon 3 head auto-reverse cassette deck in very nice condition. No box but included is the original manual with a business card addressing it to our customer so we believe this is a single owner deck. Includes an extra belt. I have played it for over an hour forwards and backwards and see nothing wrong with it, the head looks very clean, most likely low usage. This cassette deck was $2500 new and is still appreciating in value. Serial number 28961
The company integrated several prior Nakamichi advances, what came together in 1982 in the $1,850 Dragon (later repriced to $2,499) was nothing short of an engineering marvel. Among its features was a belt-less and spring-less dual-capstan transport with direct-drive motors controlled to remarkable accuracy by a quartz clock; the mechanism intentionally pushed away the cassette's troublesome, built-in pressure pad (normally intended to improve tape-to-head contact) and relied solely on the motors to provide the desired pressure.
In Stereo Review's April 1983 review the Dragon's measurements revealed the lowest wow-and-flutter of any cassette deck ever tested. But, as you'll read, its biggest breakthrough was the inclusion of Nakamichi Auto Azimuth Correction (NAAC), a microprocessor-driven system that used a cleverly-designed feedback loop to detect azimuth error in real time and physically correct it with a servo-controlled head, thus ensuring perfect alignment even with prerecorded tapes!
Fairly quickly, the complex and costly mechanics of NAAC technology and the difficulty of servicing these auto-reverse machines caused Nakamichi to abandon it in its RX series of UDAR (Uni-Directional Auto Reverse) decks, which mechanically flipped the cassette to best maintain azimuth accuracy. But the Dragon held on, finally exiting the market in 1993 after an 11-year run. Nonetheless, with the rapid advance of the Compact Disc in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the demand for Nakamichi's cassette decks waned, and the new digital audio tape (DAT) format it banked its future on failed to gain traction with consumers. The company eventually lost its financial footing and disappeared.
Underrated as an 8.
In stock and ships next day.
Offered for $2000.00 with free domestic shipping
Weight: 30 lbs packed
Guaranteed to work correctly, includes 30 day warranty.
Guaranteed to be as described.
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