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Old 08-25-2006, 12:54 AM
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Opinions on Nak headunits?

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Like the title says, does anyone have opinions on the sound quality and life expectancy of these. Specifically the CD-500 or CD-700II. Comparison to Clarion DRZ9255, Denonford 8250 or Alpine 7909? No one around here sells them anymore that I'm aware of so I can't go listen to them.

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Old 08-25-2006, 12:57 AM
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And with spotty distribution in Canada... I would avoid them. Too bad cuz they are nice when they work
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:34 AM
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I have the CD400, SQ is awesome, reliability is 95%, have had mine for almost 2 years and no problems with breakdowns.

This unit is a bit picky about reading certain types of disks though, but other than that, love it.

If I was to replace it, it would be the CD700 or an Eclipse CD5000 or 7000.
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John, i might consider selling my denonford 8250 complete with the sony c-90 remote mod you did for me.... Maybe...

Naks always had a reliabilty issue, but that might not be a issue for you .
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Post Nakamichi HU's

Although its not any of the ones you have listed, I have a CD-40z for the past three years. It has held up reliably, I like the plain look, and the high pre out voltage.

It is picky about cd-r's and works best with the black memorex cd-r's.

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Old 08-25-2006, 12:15 PM
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good looking units, break more than other good brands, finicky about burned discs, and sound great when working. I would never buy one as reliability is paramount in my mind...what good is performance if it's at the repair shop?
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Originally Posted by Dukk
And with spotty distribution in Canada...

They are distributed by Canada's largest. Why spotty distribution?

Also these HU's are the awsome sounding and I have not seen many issues with break downs.
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:46 AM
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They are distributed by Canada's largest. Why spotty distribution?

Also these HU's are the awsome sounding and I have not seen many issues with break downs.

Over the last 10 years I think they have had at least 3, if not 4, distributors and there were a number of years with no distributor at all.

Don't get me wrong - I sold (or tried to sell) Nak for a number of years and I really liked their products. No way I would run one though, just to unreliable and finicky. We ran 60%+ failure rates on headunits. That's heavy.
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Originally Posted by Dukk
Over the last 10 years I think they have had at least 3, if not 4, distributors and there were a number of years with no distributor at all.

Don't get me wrong - I sold (or tried to sell) Nak for a number of years and I really liked their products. No way I would run one though, just to unreliable and finicky. We ran 60%+ failure rates on headunits. That's heavy.

Ya I understand what your saying. Things should change now since they have been with this distributor for 2-3 years now and it should continue to grow again. And I know they have no plans of dropping the line. As for the reliablity I know that has been addressed and are becoming more so. So hopefully nothing but good things from here on in.
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:57 AM
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Hey

Thanks for the replies, I used to have a TP1200 back in the day and it was in for repair twice under warranty totalling ~6 months. I was just hoping that things had changed as it did sound fantastic with my ghetto setup. No immediate plans to buy another HU in the next 6 months but I am looking at different models.

I don't usually play burnt discs so that wouldn't be a problem, maybe 1 out of 100 is burnt because the original is too expensive.

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