Simply put, the NAD 6300 is the best sounding cassette deck I have ever used...period. The simplicity of design and function put this deck in a class of it's own. I have owned numerous high-end decks including Nakamichi CR-3, Cassette Deck 1 and the infamous CR-7, plus a very underated Teac V-7000, but this deck is a step above them all. The recordings are smooth and un-colored and actually exceed the digital domain in overall listenability. The bottom-end is fine and the HX Pro extends the highs to new dimensions. While not as robust as Nakamichi's transports, it is very well made. This is not a true Discrete 3-head design, but you would never guess that from the quality of the recordings. This also has to be one of the steals of the century. These decks are not real common, but when one does turn-up at Ebay, you would be wise indeed to snatch it up. I payed $200.00 for mine last year and it was thankfully well maintained...this is undoubtedly one of the best investments I have ever made. NAD did this deck right...It's a given, that with the demise of the cassette format, we may never see engineering like this again....a damn shame.
Being caught up in my multimedia projects and my Home Theatre and putting together other peoples systems, I haven't had time to do the simple pleasure of taping. My the 6300 is like a breath of uncomplicated fresh air. After looking at mixers,compressors,de-essers'etc, and power amps,pre/processors that can do more calculations than an early 90s' mainframe, the simplicity of just recording a tape and playing, unfettered by all the digital this and that, is great especially when the NAD 6300 keeps the music smooth and articulate,while the bass is still not extended like some of the other best decks of old,the 6300 refreshes with easy midrange,and decent highs. Simple to use is a biggy when you just want to make some great car tapes or whatever,the NAD will do just dandy. With its' "CAR" feature,never used it personally,it is supposed to make tapes that will play well in dynamic limited machines,i.e. portables,car stereos. My 6300 usually sits undisturbed until today in my 19" E.I.A. rack, and is there at my beckon call whenever I need it. Just like a faithful dog...well maybe not quite, but with its fine tonality and non sullied operation, you just want to give it a reward because it gives you back 100 times over in musical enjoyment. I have one quandary about what NAD is doing. The cassette deck is going to go poof the way of the open reel, and I think the technology should go out with a bang,not a whimper. If you see the new NAD decks, they are fine, but nothing special. Even a double deck...yuck!! From the maker who created the very fine "Silver Series", what in the world is NAD doing?? I like allot of the new catalog stuff, but NAD can keep their new decks,as I will keep mine for a very much long time to come. Find a breakout deck like the Z series TEACs',older NAKs,top B & O 9000,any Studer/Revox deck,or the venerable Tascam 122 mk.3 or the V-8030s,or 6030 machines. The Sony ES top ship is a keeper too. If you must keep a cassette deck in you reprotoire of gear, why not make it a good one. V.C.
Great machine from NAD with monitor capability being a 3head design especially made for studio recodings.
I am a bit disagree with Vincent about the low wow and flutter as i compare it to my big deck Denon DN-790R, but the rest is great, almost the same performance with Denon. This version must be improved by using todays smooth techonology, but still close to perfect.
This deck follows the NAD credo. Looks don't mean a thing,just what inside that counts. And here there is alot. Dyneq,Dolby hx pro,b/c noise reduction. 3 heads,2 motors,and this unique thing called "play trim". It has a limiter circuit of sorts called "car" too. All this wrapped in this drab,gray case. Well just pop in a cassette and record and listen to that tape. You will forget the looks big time. Lowest wow and flutter deck I have ever had,less the DAT units of course,but the articulation,detail and dynamics,pretty darn good here. A bit of softening of the highs and a bit weak on the bass,but within those boundries,wow! I love jazz pianist David Beniot,Peter Kater,Dave Grusin,and they just shine beautifully on this deck. The low wow and flutter is a big help here. Quiet operation of the dolby circuits here too. Just set that tape up right and roll. Comes with a remote,and will respond to the system commander of the other monitor series remotes. A nice job by NAD. Less truly is more. NAD dropped this deck for the new more inferior models. I don't know why. Steer clear of those junk boxes,and buy a used Nak,Tandberg,Revox,Sony ES (top of the line only by the way),and of the NAD 6300. I checked out the Nad site @ www.nadelectronics.com,looks like the tradition still carries on for the most part. So i ammend my Nad 7400 review,and eat my words. So now I say,go NAD,go...
Hi i've recently purchased an arcam alpha 5+ cd player and was using analogue connections + using source direct to hook it up through the reciever. I found that the sound was getting severly distorted in the highs almost as if the output of the cdplayer was "overloading" the reciever. I then went an ... Read More »
Anyone have an opinion on which is the better of these two, given a similar price point? The 5400 has had very good reviews, but 6300 owners seem pretty happy with theirs. I like the learning remote of the 6300 better, and am not convinced of the utility of component switching as I have all the comp ... Read More »