Nakamichi 500
Dolby B NR

This Nakamichi 500 is a stereo cassette deck with Dolby B noise reduction, it was first sold by Nakamichi in 1974 with a manufacturer suggested retail price of USD $475 and discontinued 4 years later in 1978.

The main features of the Nakamichi 500 are: 2 heads, mechanical 3 digit tape counter and memory stop, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal and chrome tapes with additional manual equalization selection, belt driven single-capstan transport.

Typical of this deck is the 70's top loading layout 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.

Level meters used on the 500 are analog needle VU reading meters. Mechanical transport controls for reliable 500 transport function selection.

The Dolby-B system reduces tape hiss on tapes recorded on the 500 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 500 filters out the pilot signal, and assuring proper Dolby processing of FM stereo programs.

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.

Compact Cassette
  • Dual-Tracer

Historic events

1974 DuPont introduces chromium dioxide (CrO2) cassette tape.
1975 Sony launched the Betamax videocassette recording format.
1976 Introduction of Teletext, a European television information that can be seen as a predecessor of the World Wide Web.
1977 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak exhibiting the first Apple II
1978 Introduction of the laserdisc player, using technology invented already in the 1960s

Features of Nakamichi 500

Connectors
Connectivity
Ground Terminal AC Power Cord / Plug 3 Microphone Inputs RCA Input/Output Connectors DIN Input/Output Connector Headphones
Display
Display
3-Digıt Mechanical Counter Analog Needle Meters
Electronics
Electronics
Peak Limiter
Cassette Exterior
Exterior
Orientation Left Wood Side Panels Top Loading Black Finish
Compact Cassette
General
Stereo
Head
Head Configuration
2 Head Desiǥn 4 Track / 2 Channel
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction MPX Filter
Controls
Operation
Memory Stop Mechanical Transport Control
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls Output-Level Control Microphone Level Adjust (Left/Right/Blend)
Rear Controls
Rear Controls
Manual Level Calibration (Rear) Voltage Switchable (Rear)
Tape Speed
Speed
1⅞ ips - 4.76 cm/s
Tape
Tape
Manual Tape Type Selection Normal Tape Capabılity Manual Tape Equalization Chrome Tape Capabılity
Transport
Transport
Mechanical Tape Loading Auto Stop Sìngle Capsŧan Transport Belt Drive (Capsŧan)

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