I too have the RX- 202 and was shocked at the recording quality it is
I hadn't used mine for several years until I did a major component upgrade......
Either recording from CD or FM tuner produced spectacular "analog" results.
I'm using RadioShack type2 tape with great success.
Thanks for your review.
Bahr (Answers | This Thread)
I have had my RX 202 for many years now it still performs flawlessly and the quality of the recording is beyond comparison,I use TDK MAR tapes that I have also been using for years they don't seem to wear out.Tape noise is virtually inaudible even with dolby off,my preferred way of recording.As mentioned in above forum for some reason if you record vinyl or cd's the full sound is almost equal to reel to reel.I have shocked people who have heard it playing and can't believe it is a cassette playing. Live On Analog.........
If i am not mistaken, I believe the NAK 202 is a 2 - not 3 - head deck. This makes the quality of the recordings produced even more impressive if you consider the fact that the recording head shares double duty with the play-back head. A compromise of sorts between the two ideal "gaps" is used I believe ( unless Nakamichi has some system that adjusts the head gap when switching from play to record and back. I would'nt doubt it with their engineering genius!). I recently bought the 505 and what a beauty it is! Old cassette sound fantastic! I found a box along the side of the road that someone was obviously "getting rid of" - a box full of recorded tapes. One mans junk- another man's treasure. A fairly large mix of music, but alas , no classical, which is what I mostly listen to at the moment. Still, all these tapes sound fantastic through the Nak, and the price was certainly right! Always good to listen to other music now and then - even music you might at first think you are not attracted to. A bunch of recorded reggea tapes were in the box, and the bass booms right through! The tapes themselves are good quality type 2 and 3 tdk and maxell tapes - even better recordings can be achieved with metal tape. I think that I will begin taking CDs out of the local library (they have a pretty good selection) and record them onto metal tape. Does this sound retro or what! It's 1985 all over again, except now I can afford the Nakamichi decks I could only dream about back then!
Pookersboy (Answers | This Thread)
I agree more or less with the test of the people above.
My test results are:
Strengths of the unit are the following:
1. very quiet and smooth mechanical operation with low noise during playback and recording as well.
2. excellent recording capabilities that bring to the compact cassette even unexpected quality from a two head single capstan deck. As the combination of the point 1+2 the RX-202 handles the tapes carefully and the chance of crumpling -even the thinner tapes- has been reduced.
3. convenient buttons
4. looks stunning especially when the UDAR system turn the tape
The weaknesses of the RX-202 are the following:
1. rewinds and fasts forward slow
2. no music search
3. no real time counter
4. output level is too low that requires high-gain preamp or low-gain phono preamp.
5. tape selector is complicated due to the combination of two buttons (bias and EQ)
6. no BIAS FINE
I strongly recommend this deck to anyone who likes to listen to old tapes.
Caliyoung (Answers | This Thread)