Nakamichi 1000ZXL Limited
Dolby B NR Wired Remote Control Full Logic Metal Tape 3 Head

The Nakamichi 1000ZXL Limited is a stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B noise reduction with connectors for optional external DBX, DNL, Adres, Super-d, Dolby-C or High-ComII noise reduction systems, it was introduced by Nakamichi in 1981 with a list price of USD $6,000 and discontinued a year later.

The main features of the Nakamichi 1000ZXL Limited are: 3 discrete heads and off-tape monitoring, electronic tape counter with 4 digits and memory stop, tape type selection with support for normal, chrome, ferro-chrome and metal tapes with additional manual equalization selection, belt driven dual-capstan transport.

Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the left side of the deck. Tape eject is operated mechanically and the cassette needs to be placed with the side to be played facing forward in the cassette well which is opened by a damped mechanism. Additionally the compartement can be accessed easly for head cleaning by removing the well-cover.

Level meters used on the 1000ZXL Limited are digital FL peak reading meters with peak hold for easy adjustment of optimum recording level. Full-logic transport controls used on the 1000ZXL Limited let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection. Playback speed may be adjusted with pitch control. Cue and review can be used to easily and quickly locate the beginning of a passage at two speeds.

Record azimuth correction. To ensure the best response from the wide variety of tapes available adjustment of, bias, equalization and sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the 1000ZXL Limited by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. The three-head configuration of the 1000ZXL Limited requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback. A Subsonic filter is provided in the 1000ZXL Limited to prevent infrasonic signals generated when playing a warped record. These signals can upset the Dolby system and prevening it from functioning properly. To further maintain recording accuracy, the 1000ZXL Limited incorporates a switchable multiplex filter. When you record FM stereo broadcasts, the MPX filter of the 1000ZXL Limited can be swiched on to prevent the standard 19kHz FM pilot signal from interfering with the noise reduction system.

To make live recordings this deck has 3 microphone inputs (for left, right and center channels) to connect microphones with a jack connector. For undisturbed listening a jack connector for a pair of stereo headphones is supplied. Connection to other audio components for plaback can be achieved by a RCA cable and recording from a source by a RCA cable. All main transport commands can be issued remotely with a wired remote control.

Compact Cassette
  • Diffused-Resonance Transport
  • A.B.L.E. (Azimuth, Bias, Level, Equalizer)
  • Pressure pad lifter
  • Limited
  • Silent Mechanism
  • Double Capstan
  • RAMM (Random Access Music Memory)
  • Digital Fluorescent Display
  • Microprocessor Control
  • Auto Azimuth Alignment
  • Asymmetrical Dual Capstans
  • Discrete 3-Head Technology

Historic events

1981 The Pacman and Donkey Kong video games are written, and go on to become huge hits
1982 The Microfloppy Industry Committee agreed upon a 3½-inch floppy specification.

Features of Nakamichi 1000ZXL Limited

Auto Bias Calibration Bias Over/Under Selector 15kHz Test Tone Auto Azimuth Calibration 400Hz Test Tone Tape Calibration Memory Store Auto Level Calibration Auto Equalizer Calibration
AC Power Cord / Plug Wired Remote Control 3 Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Track Indicator Peak Hold Meters Peak / VU Switchable 4-Digıt Digital Counter Digital FL Peak-Reading Meters
Parametric Erasure Normal Frequency Bias Oscillator Double NF Record And Play Amplifiers
Cassette Exterior
Orientation Left Wood Case Gold Finish 19-Inch EIA Rack Mounting Front Loading
Compact Cassette
Head Configuration
Pressure Pad Lifter 3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel Seperate Record and Playback Heads
Dolby B Fast Forward Rewind Stop Play Pause Illuminated Cassette Compartment
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Double Dolby NR Circuits External Noise Reduction MPX Filter Subsonic Filter
Full Logic Transport Control Cue / Review Real-Time Tape Monitoring Pitch Control Memory Play Track Coding System Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop Removable Well Cover 2-Speed Cueing Damped Eject
Power Requirements
Battery Powered Memory Store Alternating Current
Individual Input Level Controls Output-Level Control Microphone Level Adjust (Left/Right/Blend)
Limited Finish
Special Finish
Gold Plated Record/Playback Heads Gold Plated Input/Output Jacks Gold Plated Ground Terminal Limited Edition
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity Ferro-Chrome Tape Capabılity
Mechanical Tape Loading Idler Drive (Reel) Belt Drive (Capsŧan) Belt Drive (Mechanism) 4x Motor Mechanism Belt Drive (Azimuth Adjustment) Auto Shutoff Slack-Tape Takeup Dual-Capstan Transport

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