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Nakamichi headphones, any good?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
heard the Nakamichi is pretty good at making recording equipment and such, are their headphones any good?

Just curious, thanks for any info
post #2 of 28
This is the only one i could find:

http://www.nakamichi.co.jp/audio/spk300tyz.htm

I hear it's popular for department store demo kiosks because it's durable. As pictured on that page.
post #3 of 28
looks a bit like the sony v6
similar application too
post #4 of 28
And a lot more expensive than the V6, and would thus serve as a high-end department store demo kiosk headphone.
post #5 of 28
I remember when Nakamichi was THE high end cassette deck. That was a while ago - back when people bought cassette decks.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
I was looking at that open-back pair on ebay, kind of look like a Grado.....and a lot more head-fi looking than those closed V6 looking thingey....
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post
I remember when Nakamichi was THE high end cassette deck. That was a while ago - back when people bought cassette decks.
the dragon in particular nothing like it came close except
reel to reel.
post #8 of 28
I still have my Nak.....somewhere.
post #9 of 28
You're probably talking about SP-7s. I have a pair and they're not bad. I used to work for Nak in the early 90's when they sold them by the pallet. The drivers were made by a Japanese company named Primo, who also made Grado drivers, according to everyone at Nak back then anyway. The cords can go "intermitant, and they can get kind of loose on your head, which is usually fixable if you have very small phillips head screwdriver. I replaced my pads with Grado SR-60 pads.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
what?
Grado drivers are made in Japan?!

I have always thought Grado is THe All american head-fi company, through and through

Any idea what that SP-7's Grado counterparts was? SR-80? SR-125?

here is what I was looking at.
http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/...0,0,0&format=0
post #11 of 28
IIRC, there was an model from Joseph Grado line that is thought to be made by nakamichi, dont know. Dont count on me in this one. But does Nakamichi make all the Grado drivers, I think its a load of bull...
post #12 of 28
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I remember when Nakamichi was THE high end cassette deck. That was a while ago - back when people bought cassette decks.
What are cassette decks?

post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post
I remember when Nakamichi was THE high end cassette deck. That was a while ago - back when people bought cassette decks.
Exactly. Every High-End show featured the golden 1000ZXL with white gloves draped over it. Work of art, no doubt.
post #14 of 28
I used to have a pair of those (SP-7 I think) a long time ago. They looked and sounded like grados as I recall. Uncomfortable and too much mids but detailed and very much "alive".
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by MaZa View Post
IIRC, there was an model from Joseph Grado line that is thought to be made by nakamichi, dont know. Dont count on me in this one. But does Nakamichi make all the Grado drivers, I think its a load of bull...
Re-read my post. Nakamichi didn't make the drivers for the SP7s, a company named Primo did. They made the capsules for most if not all of the very highly regarded Nak microphones as well. I was head of service admin for Nak back then and I was told that Primo made drivers for Grado headphones as well as ours. This was around 1990-1992.
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