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Re: [ARSCLIST] Advice on cassette decks?
There may be older Nakamachi cassette decks available with manual azimuth
adjustment capabilities, but I was fortunate enough to get a CR-7A from ESL,
as mentioned previously. When I said to them that it looked brand new, the
response was "whaddya mean - it is new!" This was only four months ago.
Anyway, I was impressed with the CR-7A. End of story.
CD Mastering + Audio Restoration
on 8/31/06 9:31 PM US/Central, Gary at garyhiggins@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> I have been using 2 MR-1s for about 20 years to transfer spoken word
> cassettes, and they are excellent. Easy access to azimuth adjustment and
> front panel pitch control. Great frequency response.
> Gary Higgins
> The Living Word
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> [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Parker Dinkins
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Advice on cassette decks?
> on 8/31/06 3:02 PM US/Central, myself at parker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Some people prefer the Nakamichi Dragon, while others like the Nakamichi
>> CR-7A. I prefer the CR-7A, and ESL provides them with speed control at
>> additional cost. In my experience, the CR-7As are more reliable. The
>> features an automatic azimuth adjustment.
> I should have been clearer. With the CR-7A, you can manually adjust playback
> azimuth by using a control on the front panel. There's a knob labeled
> "Playback Azimuth," and it can be adjusted during playback without stopping
> the tape or using any tools.
> I don't know of any other audio cassette player that offers a front panel
> manual adjustment, unless it is perhaps the JBR machine.
> Optimum azimuth will often change slighly during playback, presumably as a
> result of varying tape tension or some other mechanical reason.
> But I've come across audio cassette recordings that were radically off in
> their alignment for no apparent reason. Audio cassette tape travels at very
> slow speed, and any azimuth misalignment is detrimental to high end
> response; misalignments can easily cause combing effects down in the voice
> frequency range. A transfer function display (phase vs. frequency) will
> clearly show this.
> Parker Dinkins
> MasterDigital Corporation
> CD Mastering + Audio Restoration