Nakamichi 480
Dolby B NR Soft Touch Wired Remote Control Metal Tape

The Nakamichi 480 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was introduced by Nakamichi in 1979 with a list price of USD $495 and discontinued 3 years later in 1982.

The main features of the Nakamichi 480 are: 2 heads, analog 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection with support for normal, 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 480 are analog needle VU reading meters. Soft-touch controls for fast and easy transport function selection of the 480.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the 480 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. To further maintain recording accuracy, the 480 incorporates a switchable multiplex filter. When you record FM stereo broadcasts, the MPX filter of the 480 can be swiched on to prevent the standard 19kHz FM pilot signal from interfering with the noise reduction system.

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
  • IC Logic
  • Non-Resonant Chassis
  • Pressure pad lifter
  • Double Capstan
  • Silent Mechanism
  • Asymmetrical Dual Capstans

Historic events

1979 The first commercial fully automated 1G (First Generation) cellular network was launched in Japan by NTT
1980 Worldwide sale of Rubik's Cube starts.
1981 IBM introduces the IBM PC.
1982 Sony launched the CDP-101 in Japan

Features of Nakamichi 480

AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wired Remote Control
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Needle Meters
Cassette Exterior
Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn Pressure Pad Lifter 4 Track / 2 Channel
Record Play Pause
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter
Timer Recording/Playback Soft Touch Transport Control Removable Well Cover Tape Start Memory Damped Eject
Individual Input Level Controls Headphone Low/High Volume Positions
Tape Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Slack-Tape Takeup Mechanical Tape Loading Auto Stop Dual-Capstan Transport Idler Drive (Reel) Belt Drive (Capsŧan) 3x Motor Mechanism Belt Drive (Mechanism)

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