The Nakamichi brand alone is well worth the investment here. They are arguably, one of the greatest manufacturers of cassette decks. The CR-7A you see here is what we affectionately call the “baby Dragon.” Why? Because it is just as good as the Dragon but at a smaller price tag. This was a serious machine when it first appeared and at $1,850 MSRP, it was also one of the more expensive Nakamichi cassette decks. Upon listening to the unit with a good recording cassette, you might even think you were listening to vinyl. It has this organic natural sound that is on the complete other side from the digital spectrum. The piano piece we were listening to sounded very dimensional in our simple setup which only added kudos to the ability of the Nakamichi to make the music come alive.
Cosmetically, the unit is in great shape. Minor scuff marks and a few small knicks along the edges but nothing. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping. Manual is available online. This is a great collector’s piece not just for its sound but the condition it is in and the rarity of this with each passing year.