Nakamichi 481
Dolby B NR Soft Touch Wired Remote Control Metal Tape 3 Head

This Nakamichi 481 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Nakamichi in 1979 with a recommended retail price of USD $655 and discontinued 2 years later in 1981.

The main features of the Nakamichi 481 are: 3 discrete heads and no off-tape monitoring to save production cost, mechanical 3 digit tape counter, manual tape type selection and capable of handling 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 481 are analog needle VU reading meters. Soft-touch controls for fast and easy transport function selection of the 481.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the 481 by as much as 10 dB at the highest frequencies. The 19kHz multiplex pilot slgnal present in FM stereo broadcasts can cause false triggering of the noise reduction system. The switchable MPX filter of the 481 filters out the pilot signal, and assuring proper Dolby processing of FM stereo programs.

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
  • Discrete 3-Head Technology
  • Asymmetrical Dual Capstans

Historic events

1979 Intel released the first 16-bit processor, the 8086.
1980 Pac-Man arcade game developed by Namco released in Japan.
1981 IBM introduces the IBM PC.

Features of Nakamichi 481

Connectors
Connectivity
AC Power Cord / Plug RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones Wired Remote Control
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Needle Meters
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Black Finish Front Loading
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
Pressure Pad Lifter 3 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel Seperate Record and Playback Heads
Indicators
Indicators
Record Play Pause
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter
Controls
Operation
Timer Recording/Playback Soft Touch Transport Control Removable Well Cover Tape Start Memory Damped Eject
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls Headphone Low/High Volume Positions
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity Metal Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
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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