Nakamichi Dragon
Dolby C logo Dolby B NR Direct Drive Wired Remote Control Metal Tape Direct Drive Full Logic 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 TV Series The "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC.
1984 Silicon Graphics begins shipping its first 3-D graphics workstations.
1985 Sony and Philips produced the standard for Compact Disc Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) computer discs that would use the same laser technology as the audio CD.
1986 Nintendo releases its first video game console for the home, NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).
1987 The brand AKAI is no longer used and is replaced by A&D in Japan when merged by Mitsubishi
1988 Sony begins producing VHS recorders
1989 Commodore announces that 1 million Amiga computers have been sold.
1990 Commodore announces the Amiga 3000 computer.
1991 The first digital 2G (Second Generation) cellular technology was launched by Radiolinja in Finland on the GSM standard
1992 Philips launched the DCC (Digital Compact Cassette) format
1993 Intel introduces the "Pentium" processing chip.

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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