I have never owned a Nakamichi- generally speaking, they`re expensive. When they`re not expensive, they might be broken. Sometimes they`re both. If you look online, there are tens of topics concerning broken down and expensive to fix nakamichi decks. I have an onkyo ta-2760 from 1990. and two denon dr-m12/24hx from 1987. The only "repair" i ever had to make was to replace a belt on the onkyo, which took me 10 minutes. Did i mention how cheap they were and how great they sound, particularly the denons? Now i`m not pretending they are still up to factory specs, but any quality tape sounds good on them, they record very well and they have been very low-maintenance. Whereas nakamichi fans seem to always have something wrong and expensive to fix with their machines. There is also the "nakamichi only sound truly good with cassettes recorded on them" thing. I have old, badly recorded tapes from 20 years go which i love. What am i supposed to to, throw them away and record other tapes so they sound better? So bottom line, there are to many "if"s with these machines for me to bother spending money on them, especially since i`m not an oil tycoon to spend a grand on a Dragon and another grand to make it work, only to find out it doesn`t sound well with my non-nakmichi cassettes. I plan on buying other decks from more brands(sony es, pioneer), just not nakamichi. Why do people keep saying how great they are if they obviously have their issues? Nobody brags more about their unreliable cassette decks than nakamichi fans. There are more topics on the internet concerning broken down naks than about ones that work. And the ones that do work have been repaired to the point of doubling their original sale price. It`s ridiculous. Ok, i`m ready. Bring on the hate ! I can take it !