Definitely Naks. I use the mr-1 myself and the rx-202. Ebay for one that
fits yours budget. The cr range are good, the Cassette deck range is the
last model range they produced I think, I use those as well. The mr-1 is
from the late eighties but a great machine. The dragon is considered the
best if it's in your budget.
On 3/6/2010 10:34 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> At 03:17 PM 2010-03-06, Ivan Kawaler wrote:
>> I am currently looking for a decent cassette deck for transferring
>> audio. I realize cassettes are an inferior format for storing audio,
>> but I have a number of cassettes that need to be transfered, and I
>> want to be able to get the best playback I can. Does anyone have any
>> recommendations on brands or models of cassette decks that are known
>> to be of good quality? Also, I have heard some decks have a dial for
>> adjusting playback speed, allowing one to compensate for a fast or
>> slow recording machine. Does anyone have opinions on this, as far as
>> whether or not such a feature is worth having? Thanks in advance.
> Hi, Ivan,
> There are many good machines. But adjusting speed is less important
> (you can do it perhaps more accurately in software and can do a
> non-constant speed variation as well) than adjusting azimuth to match
> the play head to the head in the recorder when the tape was made (plus
> the vagaries of the cassette registration in both machines).
> The two machines most widely used for good-quality transfers are
> Nakamichi Dragons and CR7's. The Dragon has an auto azimuth control
> while the CR7 has a manual one.
> In fact, I'm parallel-ingesting six cassettes on six Dragons as I type
> this. Horrid recordings, really, but great oral history content.
> The Dragon does not have a pitch control and I'm not sure about the
> CR7(A/E). The Nakamichi MR-1 has a pitch control, but no azimuth control.
> All of these are long out of production. I am not sure any good
> cassette machines are produced anymore.
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