Nakamichi RX-505E is the top of its model range, has a decent sound quality, and thanks to the non-standard design of the auto reverse, where every revolution of the cassette is a “sight for snap”, it stands out especially. Just take a look at this video:
A closed path through the tape, a through channel with separate recording and playback heads, and the ability to record a full bandwidth (20 Hz – 20 kHz) on any type of tape are the business cards of Nakamichi’s top cassette deck in its heyday.
Technical parameters declared by the manufacturer:
Every time I see this device alive, a mania called “I want one” begins :). Although ten years was the owner of Nakamichi ZX-7, which is comparable to RX-505 in sound quality, and broke up with it last year, because more idle than working, and the last two years did not turn on at all. I’m listening to vinyl, the cassette recorder in the kitchen is used to its full extent, but there wasn’t enough time for recording with vinyl. However, the Nakamichi RX-505E is still appealing.
The cassette is inserted “upside down”, which is a bit unusual, but it is clearly visible in this transparent “aquarium”. Equipped with a deck is not bad: Auto Reverse with a choice of modes, Dolby B and C, MPX and Cubic filters, Fader when recording, three types of tape (Fe, Cr, Metal), there is a headphone output with volume control, the recording level is separated by channels, the magnetization adjustment when recording, but there is no full tape calibrator, as in the same ZX-7 or ZX-9.
Rebuilt deck writes and reproduces very well, among the top cassette decks from other manufacturers it has almost no competitors, in my opinion. Only other Nakamichi’s are better – ZXL-700, ZXL-1000 for example.
Nakamichi RX-505E, inside view
The only thing, because of the lack of calibration on the tape Nakamichi RX-505E may not be very good prescription of some cassettes – with a ribbon of poor quality and just “run”. Manual magnetization adjustment helps of course, but the calibrator with 400 Hz and 15 kHz is better, unambiguously.
View from the rear panel side
On the rear panel everything is very concise – line input, line output and connector for remote control. By the way, this remote control is very difficult to find and buy.
What do we have in the end? In front of us is a vintage cassette recorder, which will surely appeal to everyone who grew up in the 80s. Such an audio system will undoubtedly attract the attention of your guests. Is it worth taking it in the era of “all cloudy”? It’s up to you.