Nakamichi DR-10 Tape Decks

4.43/5 (14 Reviews)


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3 Discrete Heads Cassette Deck


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jayhawks a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
A very solid, warm-sounding machine; an absolute pleasure to use and listen to. With cassettes in the bargain bin at record stores now, this machine gives a real alternative to spending $12-$15 per CD. An A/B comparison between identical Miles Davis tunes on CD and tape, for example, revealed only a slight difference in sound quality, not what I would call inferiority. I haven't recorded anything of my own with the deck yet but expect excellent results from high-quality blank tape.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   getplugged.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Seeker a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
A little update -

I've now used this thing for about 4 months, and it does get used every day!

It is superb, but flawed. If the audio electronics were as good as they should be it would be near perfect (within the limits of the medium).

The most astonishing thing about this deck is the quality of the heads, which are, without doubt, the best in the world. Forget Aiwas, Akais, Sonys etc., I've heard them all and none come close to the quality of this machine, even allowing for its slightly dodgy audio side. My good friend has an Akai GX95 II Reference machine. I used to think that cassette reproduction couldn't get any better than that - but I have been proven wrong by this amazing beast. It is in a different league, despite the fact that the electronics on the Akai are more transparent! Strange, but quite obviously true, when you listen to them both. Basically, what it loses to the Akai in transparency it more than compensates for by being able to make near perfect recordings (apart from a little hiss, which is almost unnoticeable - the music sounds so good), even on ferric tape.
This brings me to another incredibly impressive aspect of this machine. You can use cheap ferrics (TDK D, Maxell UR - I even tried some REALLY cheap Sony mulitpack tapes) and make recordings that are fundamentally better than those made with TDK SA on other decks. This is due to the superb heads and transport. You might think I'm exaggerating, but ask any other Nakamichi user and they'll know what I mean. That's not to say that using SA isn't worthwhile - it is - but it's amazing what you can achieve with such cheap tapes, and it makes you realise that the limiting factor with other machines is not the tapes, but the machines themselves. Using SA it is virtually impossible to tell the difference when switching from source to tape during record. I've had many three head decks over the years, and none have been able to achieve such remarkable performance.
The DR 10 doesn't use Dolby HXPro either. It just doesn't need it. The frequency response goes up to 21Khz, even with ferrics - and it sounds it - there isn't the usual 'cassette sound' top-end roll-off that you get with other decks.

At £299 this machine is an outstanding bargain. It seems rock solid and very well built.

You will not regret buying it.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Richer Sounds



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Seeker a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
A little update -

I've now used this thing for about 4 months, and it does get used every day!

It is superb, but flawed. If the audio electronics were as good as they should be it would be near perfect (within the limits of the medium).

The most astonishing thing about this deck is the quality of the heads, which are, without doubt, the best in the world. Forget Aiwas, Akais, Sonys etc., I've heard them all and none come close to the quality of this machine, even allowing for its slightly dodgy audio side. My good friend has an Akai GX95 II Reference machine. I used to think that cassette reproduction couldn't get any better than that - but I have been proven wrong by this amazing beast. It is in a different league, despite the fact that the electronics on the Akai are more transparent! Strange, but quite obviously true, when you listen to them both. Basically, what it loses to the Akai in transparency it more than compensates for by being able to make near perfect recordings (apart from a little hiss, which is almost unnoticeable - the music sounds so good), even on ferric tape.
This brings me to another incredibly impressive aspect of this machine. You can use cheap ferrics (TDK D, Maxell UR - I even tried some REALLY cheap Sony mulitpack tapes) and make recordings that are fundamentally better than those made with TDK SA on other decks. This is due to the superb heads and transport. You might think I'm exaggerating, but ask any other Nakamichi user and they'll know what I mean. That's not to say that using SA isn't worthwhile - it is - but it's amazing what you can achieve with such cheap tapes, and it makes you realise that the limiting factor with other machines is not the tapes, but the machines themselves. Using SA it is virtually impossible to tell the difference when switching from source to tape during record. I've had many three head decks over the years, and none have been able to achieve such remarkable performance.
The DR 10 doesn't use Dolby HXPro either. It just doesn't need it. The frequency response goes up to 21Khz, even with ferrics - and it sounds it - there isn't the usual 'cassette sound' top-end roll-off that you get with other decks.

At £299 this machine is an outstanding bargain. It seems rock solid and very well built.

You will not regret buying it.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Richer Sounds



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gary Fryer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This deck cost me £299 sterling. It was originally priced at £799. I considered this purchase carefully, compact cassette is after all soon to be 'laid to rest'. After much soul searching and a re-count of my tape collection (itself collecting dust in the 'junk room'), I finally took the plunge and bought one (fulfilment of a childhood dream to own a Nak). This deck sounds fab. Solid transport, good heads - though as previously mentioned it is let down slightly by the quality of its audio stages (It doesn't even have gold-plated RCA's). Yes it's true, the linear tape counter is next to useless, there are no frills and no uneccessary logos or paragraphs of marketing 'techno-nonsense' silk-screened to it's subtle exterior. Bottom line is simply, if you've got some old tapes you'd like to play or transfer to a digital medium, at this price you can't go wrong. You simply have to pay more now to get similar performance from another manufacturer.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   Richer Sounds



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Les Howard a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I was in 2 minds whether to buy this machine, the Aiwa machine still works quite well, but I had always wanted a top rate tape machine, and always ended up with cheaper types.
I was also aware that the Mini-disc has a lot of advantages but I suppose the huge discount price persuaded me.

Initial impressions are favourable,I'm was very impressed by extended top end response with pre-recorded tapes, this also indicated that the azimuth had been accurately set up,so many machines aren't. There is also a tremendous insight into the music the detail is most impressive.Another thing that stands out is the stability of the transport which gives a near cd like solidy, the soundstage is wide with very good depth, focus and ambience.The only possible failing is the possibility of excessive sybilance on voice, and as the previous writer said, possibly a slightly shrill upper mid, but I need more listening to other tapes to see if this is a real problem.

It's on the recording operation taht i think the machine is let down.The machine does not come with i,t,s own oscillator so the bias has to be adjusted by ear, not an easy thing to do as one has to constantly listen for cymbal type sounds to readily perceive any change.This brings me on to the bias control itself.The action of this seems very slight and a greater range would be better. To really set up tapes the sensitivity needs to be adjusted to allow the Dolby NR to operate correctly but this adjustment is missing.
The tape counter is near useless, or is counting in seconds I have yet to check this out.The meters are fast but i like the Sony type which are fast and also show peaks held for a second to make it easier to see.
No remote control is a real let down,if off air recording is being done then a remote allows the user to sit comfortably and not wait crouched at the machine, finger poised on the rcord buttons.As said by others, the tape winding is painfully slow.
Summing up..Good sound quality, but dissapponted by the exclusion of some very useful controls.The build quality is good but not as good as older real Japenese
machines..I would be dissappointed if i had paid £800.

Overall it makes me wonder if Nakamichi produced this machine cheaply to cash in on it,s name, knowing that cassette recording is dead for the majority of the public on it,s shift to digital, and it won't be making anymore tape machinem..Just a thought....


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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Richer Sounds




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