The Differences in Nakamichi CA-5 and CA-7

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The Differences in Nakamichi CA-5 and CA-7
Nakamichi was a leader in audio cassette production in the 1970s and 1980s. (tape cassette image by Vasiliy Koval from

Nakamichi is a Japanese audio company that has been in existence since 1948. It is most well-known for its cassette deck series launched in 1972 --- the Nakamichi 1000, the world's first three-head cassette deck. Throughout the 1970s and the 1980s, Nakamichi continued to produce cassette decks in the same series, as well as amplifiers such as the Nakamichi CA-5 and CA-7.

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Nakamichi CA-5

The Nakamichi CA-5 was the company's first control amplifier. Released in 1986, the amplifier provided users with high-end stereo sound and, according to the company, "high fidelity sound reproduction." The CA-5 was the first in the line of the control amplifier series. It contains few controls and a sleek appearance. The Nakamichi CA-5 can reach 100 watts per channel and contains 4-millimeter gold phono inputs for speaker cables. It has been discontinued.

Nakamichi CA-7

The Nakamichi CA-7 was released shortly after the Nakamichi CA-5 but was considered a higher-end model. While the two share many of the same features, the CA-7 reaches a higher wattage --- 200 watts per channel --- and offers higher sound quality. Like the CA-5, the CA-7 has been discontinued. Nakamichi continues to produce modern audio and visual equipment, such as speaker systems, televisions and amplifiers.

Cost and Market

In 1988, the Nakamichi CA-5 was priced at 1900 Euros, about half of the price of the Nakamichi CA-7. Although still expensive, the CA-5 was a cheaper alternative for people looking for a control amplifier who could not afford the CA-7. As of the 21st Century, many of the Nakamichi products, including the CA-5 and CA-7, are considered vintage and regarded as solidly built pieces of stereo equipment.

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