Nakamichi SoundSpace 1 Mini Systems

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

All three components are packed with performance! The main unit houses an excellent CD player, a first-rate AM/FM stereo tuner, and all the electronics needed to run the system. Loading CDs is accomplished by the push of a button, which tilts the face of the main unit forward revealing the disc drive mechanism. Each speaker wing contains an 8cm bass/midrange driver and a 2.5cm semi-dome tweeter in a skillfully designed 2-way bass-reflex system that elicits optimum performance from each element.

SoundSpace 1 has remarkable functionality: bass, treble and midrange controls to tailor the sound to your liking, a loudness circuit to compensate for the loss in high- and low-frequencies when you listen at low levels, even a headphone output and an alarm timer with snooze function! SoundSpace 1 can be fed from an external source. For example, the audio signal from a television, cassette deck, mini disc player or the like and the SoundSpace 1 can copy broadcasts and CDs to an external recorder. Analog and digital outputs are provided so CDs transfer perfectly to a digital recorder.

SoundSpace 1's electronics are extraordinary! Its dual 1-bit digital-to-analog converters and 8X over-sampled digital filter are more typical of high-end audiophile gear than a music system of this genre, and each speaker's own dedicated power amplifier has been carefully matched for optimum performance. All the controls you need to operate the system lie atop the central unit but you can operate the system equally well from the stylish remote control provided with it. SoundSpace 1...wherever and whenever you need Nakamichi sound and Nakamichi looks...in miniature!


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gdoneill a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Purchased the unit for $306 (delivered) after reading numerous on-line reviews. I've had it just over a month now. I listen to CDs about 90% of the time, FM radio 9% of the time, and AM once in a while. The CDs range from classical and jazz to rock and opera. The unit plays a few hours per day, and I'm listening closely for about an hour.

The general consensus of the reviews was that:
1) Remote difficult to use. Not true if you are willing to spend ten or fifteen minutes with the manual.
2) Not a lot of low end bass response. True, but what can you reasonably expect from an 80mm "mid-woofer"? It is surprisingly good once you've adjusted the Bass/Mid/Treble controls for your listening volume. WARNING! My unit arrived with the loudness turned ON and the unit sounded *very* bad when I played it for the first time. Adjust the controls; they work wonders to tune the sound to your listening area.
3) The sound is very crisp and clear. I find this to be very true. I had no idea several of my CDs could sound so good. Of course, playing with speaker placement works wonders.
4) The unit does not produce enough sound for large spaces. Probably true; I've played it at maximum volume a few times because I had to turn it up full to get the volume I wanted... and I try to treat my hearing with respect. I have the unit set up in the main cabin, measuring 3 meters/10 feet by 2 meters/6.5 feet, of a sailboat.

Having listened to one disc I've had for years on the SoundSpace 1, and having been pleased with how good it sounded, I listened to the (nominally) same disc again, one day later, at a friend's. His copy of the disc sounded much better, but I initially attributed the better sound to his $30,000 McIntosh stereo. (Yes, that's $30,000.) I borrowed his disc, wondering if the Nakamichi, though good, was that much inferior to the "real" stereo. I got home and played both discs back to back and discovered that my version of the disc was flat and weak sounding, and lacking in detail. (Shame on Rykodisc.) Yes, the McIntosh is better, but not $29,694 better. Maybe closer to $17,350. =)

One reason I chose the unit was its small size and ease of wall (or bulkhead, in my case) mounting. It sounds fine wall-mounted, in my space, but be aware that the wires require some effort to hide. The speakers contain the amplifiers, so the main unit connects to each speaker with an Ethernet cable. Nakamichi includes two sets of cables, one set 0.3 meters (about a foot) and the other 1.5 meters. Don't think you'll be able to use lamp cord to connect the speakers....

The FM tuner sounds very good with the included antenna. AM sounds better than I expected, but who cares about sound when listening to traffic reports?

The unit also has two alarms and therefore functions quite nicely as an alarm clock. You can set each alarm to play a CD, turn on the tuner or sound a slightly annoying tone. The remote will not activate the snooze button, so place the unit near the bed or get up. I get up. That's what the alarm is for, right?

The unit has pleased me sufficiently that I'm actually going to buy the SoundSpace 5 with sub-woofer to replace this unit, which I'll move to the forward cabin where I sleep. The sub-woofer will fill out the bottom end, my only "complaint" with the unit, and I get a great new alarm clock besides.

My only worry is Nakamichi's spotty reputation for build quality. They've discontinued several of their products over the last few years for truly egregious design errors. Their products generally sound good, but those discontinued products drove some customers nuts. Google will turn up the problem products. The SoundSpace 1 isn't one of the bad ones.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $306.00

Purchased At:   digital1234.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mikey101 a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
An excellent mini stereo system that also serves as a bedside alarm clock. The tuner and CD player are outstanding. The sound is first class and the unit is full featured.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Costco



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sternc a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I use it as a stereo for the bedroom and it doubles as a clock radio. It has a dual alarm function (each alarm can be set to wake you up to different radio stations, or even a CD and a buzzer) and doesn't light up at all unless you tap the snooze button. Thus, no glare at all. The sound is amazing from such a small stereo. It was totally worth the money.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Harvey Electronics




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