400 Club - QQ All-Star
- Nov 29, 2014
I think that Nakamichi had only a few with manual adjustment for playback. They had a little green light at the 12:00 position that I think would light up when in perfect alignment. Usually the best setting was at 12:00, so I kind of am skeptical about how much this feature got used by most people. But, I had the Nak Cassette Deck 1 a long time ago and it ‘did’ work well on tapes made on other decks and the knob really came in handy and worked well.FWIW
Sony had a cassette deck that promoted matrix recording and playback for matrix encoded cassettes.(Symphase)
And I believe IIRC , some Nakamichi decks may have been excellent for head azimuth alignment.
The Nak Dragon had automatic correction but of course you paid for that feature. I remember when I was younger that the Dragon had an almost mythical status. I heard a lot about it even though no one in my immediate circle could had even dreamed about affording such a machine. The Marantz SD930, which I own, was a bit cheaper and did the azimuth correction a bit differently than the Dragon. My understanding is that with the Dragon there was some lag.....or maybe it did a test first and then set it, kind of like those decks that had the auto bias and EQ that would take into account the different tapes on the market. The Marantz adjusts it on the fly and it is so fast that you never heard any fluctuations in the audio.