The main features of the Nakamichi MR-1 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, dual capstan transport.
Typical front loading cassette deck with the cassette compartiment located on the center 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 MR-1 are generic digital peak reading meters. Full-logic transport controls used on the MR-1 let it respond to the slightest finger contact for fast and effortless transport function selection. Playback speed may be adjusted with pitch control.
Dolby C-type used in the MR-1 provides 20 dB of noise reduction above about 1,000 Hz, fully doubling the amount given by B-type. A Subsonic filter is provided in the MR-1 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 MR-1 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 XLR or 1/4 inch cable and recording from a source by a XLR cable. All main transport commands can be issued remotely with a wired remote control.
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