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Nakamichi Dragon Tape Deck WITH Remote, Restored and Amazing

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Nakamichi Dragon Tape Deck With Remote Restored And Amazing

Nakamichi Dragon Tape Deck WITH Remote, Restored and Amazing

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


** If this listing states Sold Out, please call Fernando at 201-879-0000 x 101 to discuss how to join our list to purchase one of our restored Dragon decks. We also sometimes have a unit available but have just not listed it yet. Please call if interested.

Working Dragons are becoming more and more difficult to find.

While legendary for the performance, they age over time and will eventually need service.

Servicing a tape deck of this complexity is particularly difficult, truly a labor of love. Just getting the mechanism out is a long endeavor!

We're lucky to have a stash of some original Nakamichi spare parts, enough to do a handful of decks over the past year. (Sorry we don't sell parts or offer repairs, click here if that's what you need).

This particular unit received just that - a full service and test.

We replaced all the consumable components in need.

The unit was cleaned, lubricated, demagnetized and fully tested for performance.

Condition is very good with very little signs of use.

Includes the deck and a very rare working Nakamichi RM-200 wired remote control!

Some excellent related Nakamichi videos from our YouTube:

Please see our last listing photos or the linked items below for full specifications and details on this incredible vintage tape deck:

Nakamichi DRAGON Tape Deck - Original Sales Brochure

Nakamichi DRAGON Tape Deck - Manual

More from its dedicated Wikipedia entry:

The Nakamichi Dragon is an audio cassette deck that was introduced by Nakamichi in 1982 and marketed until 1994.

The Dragon was the first Nakamichi model with bidirectional replay capability and the world's first production tape recorder with an automatic azimuth correction system; this feature, which was invented by Philips engineers and improved by Niro Nakamichi, continuously adjusts the azimuth of the replay head to minimize apparent head skew and correctly reproduce the treble signal present on the tape.

The system allows the correct reproduction of mechanically skewed cassettes and recordings made on misaligned decks.

Apart from the Dragon, similar systems have only been used in the Nakamichi TD-1200 car cassette player and the Marantz SD-930 cassette deck.

At the time of its introduction, the Dragon had the lowest-ever wow and flutter and the highest-ever dynamic range, losing marginally to the former Nakamichi flagship the 1000ZXL in frequency response.

Competing models by Sony, Studer, Tandberg and TEAC that were introduced later in the 1980's sometimes surpassed the Dragon in mechanical quality and feature set but none could deliver the same mix of sound quality, flexibility and technological advancement.

The Dragon, despite inherent issues with long-term reliability, remained the highest point of compact cassette technology.

Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.



Original Box





YES! Wired Nakamichi


Yes - Power

Physical Condition


Working Condition