Nakamichi Dragon
Dolby B NR Dolby C logo Direct Drive Wired Remote Control Full Logic Metal Tape Direct Drive 3 Head

This Nakamichi Dragon is a auto-reverse stereo cassette deck with double Dolby B and C noise reduction, it was first sold by Nakamichi in 1982 with a recommended retail price of USD $2,499 and discontinued 11 years later in 1993.

The main features of the Nakamichi Dragon are: 3 discrete heads and off-tape monitoring, digital tape counter with 4 digits and memory stop, manual tape type selection and capable of handling normal, chrome and metal tapes with additional manual equalization selection, double direct drive 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.

Level meters used on the Dragon are digital LED peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the Dragon let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection. Cue and review can be used to easily and quickly locate the beginning of a passage at two speeds.

Automatic playback azimuth correction adjusts automatically the azimuth of the Dragons playback head to the azimuth the tape was recorded with so playback on the {0} is possible with the best sound quality. To ensure the best response from the wide variety of tapes available adjustment of, bias and sensitivity, to optimum levels can be performed prior to recording.

Dolby C-type used in the Dragon provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, fully doubling the amount given by B-type. The three-head configuration of the Dragon requires a Double Dolby system, one for recording and one for playback. A Subsonic filter is provided in the Dragon to prevent infrasonic signals generated when playing a warped record. These signals can upset the Dolby system and prevening it from functioning properly. 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 Dragon 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
  • Direct Drive
  • Pressure pad lifter
  • Silent Mechanism
  • Double Capstan
  • Microprocessor Control
  • NAAC (Nakamichi Auto Azimuth Correction)
  • Asymmetrical Dual Capstans
  • Discrete 3-Head Technology

Historic events

1982 Dolby HX introduced by Dolby Laboratories
1983 Publication of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) standard, a protocol which allows electronic instruments and other digital musical tools to communicate with each other.
1984 Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh.
1985 Commodore introduced the Amiga 1000 computer.
1986 IBM unveils the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer.
1987 S-VHS (Super VHS) introduction in Japan, an improved version of the VHS standard for consumer video cassette recorders.
1988 NeXT Introduction - the Introduction to the NeXT Generation of Computers for Education
1989 Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau built the prototype systemwhich became the World Wide Web at CERN.
1990 Commodore announces the Amiga 3000 computer.
1991 Apple intrroduces the "QuickTime" multimedia format.
1992 The Atari 2600 is finally discontinued 15 years after its introduction in September 1977
1993 The first graphical program able to view data on the "web" is released through a program called Mosaic

Features of Nakamichi Dragon

Calibration
Calibration
Manual Bias Calibration 15kHz Test Tone 400Hz Test Tone Auto Playback Azimuth Correction Manual Level Calibration
Connectors
Connectivity
AC Power Cord / Plug Wired Remote Control DC Power Output For BlackBox Series RCA Input/Output Connectors Headphones
Display
Display
Digital LED Peak-Reading Meters 4-Digıt Digital Counter
Electronics
Electronics
Double NF Record And Play Amplifiers Record Protection
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 Fader Down Fader Up Fast Forward Rewind Stop Play Pause Metal Tape Chrome Tape Illuminated Cassette Compartment Normal Tape
HighCom NR
Noise Reduction
Dolby-B Noise Reduction Double Dolby NR Circuits Dolby-C Noise Reduction MPX Filter Subsonic Filter
Controls
Operation
Punch-In Recording Full Logic Transport Control Cue / Review Real-Time Tape Monitoring Memory Play Tape Start Memory Timer Recording/Playback Record Mute Memory Stop Electronic Fade-Out Auto Record Pause 2-Speed Cueing Electronic Fade-In
Power
Power Requirements
Alternating Current
Preamplifier
Preamplifier
Individual Input Level Controls Output-Level Control
Limited Finish
Special Finish
Gold Plated Input/Output Jacks
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
Mechanical Tape Loading Idler Drive (Reel) 3x Motor Mechanism Belt Drive (Mechanism) Auto Reverse Belt Drive (Azimuth Adjustment) Auto Shutoff Direct Drive (Capsŧan) Slack-Tape Takeup Dual-Capstan Transport Double Direct Drive (Capsŧan)

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