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Old 11-07-2010, 09:36 AM
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Default Spotted! New Nakamichi IEMs!

Hey all...Just wanted to see if anyone here has encountered these:
http://treoo.com/store/nakamichi-nep...-earphone.html

I saw them in an HK HMV store which had a very large collection of IEMs/cans, though most were in the sub-75USD category. Still, some decent stuff available.

These jumped out at me. While no expert, I do know the Nakamichi brand name was/is quite legendary in audio. My very cursory research into these IEM seem to indicate they might be the company's first foray into the IEM market.

Unlike some other companies, I personally think these may be worthy of consideration, and certainly investigation.

Anyone hear them, have them, tried them?

Not that I am looking for replacements for my beloved Panasonics, but my personal IEM fetish/curiosity remains strong...

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Old 11-07-2010, 11:05 AM
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Update:
A brief look on the Nakamichi USA website reveals that the company seems to be making a big IEM push in the states. And also a mp4/PMP/DAP!

http://nakamichi-usa.com/earphone.html

http://nakamichi-usa.com/index.html

Again, apologies if this is old news, but I am keenly interested to find out more on this stuff...

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Neat, build quality wise I wonder how they sound...
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I always welcome new looks and sq if they function well, it will be interesting to hear more about them. But just on the surface and I could be wrong from my brief look at the iem pictures, they appear to have little to no stress relief on the cable/wire connecting to the ear piece housing. For example look at the NEP-E200, NEP-F90P or very little like the NPE-550 … this could indicate build quality issues. Have you found out if they’re OEM, which I would think they are.
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:49 PM
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@WG: Agreed. From the pics, that was my first thought as well. I am also confused by the model naming convention. For instance, the NEP-E100 is part of the "Elite" series and the NEP-A500 is part of the "Alto" series. The E100 has much larger drivers according to the specs, but was quite cheap in the HMV store. The A500 were selling for around 100+USD.

Many of the model designs do resemble OEM style, but the A500 and the balanced armature NCE-750BA seem to be different from most I have seen. I have no idea how to determine if stuff is OEM though.

I might actually purchase the E500 and try them out myself - but only if I can return them. As you know, I am no longer searching for dynamic IEMs, cause the Panas are so damm good for me...

^ That answers your PM to me, Confispect...

Still, it is Nakamichi after all - certainly worth investigating I think, no?
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Never heard of them before :O Can't be that legendary.

These days IEM brands in the USA are a dime a dozen... This is probably just their generic model to cash in on IEMs incredible popularity.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:50 PM
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@Chef: Surely you jest! But your reaction could explain the meh reaction to this thread, though.

Even as a non-hi end audio person, I am familiar with the quite famous "Dragon" line of cassette decks from Nakamichi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakamichi

I personally always considered them to be a bit like B&O. Perhaps just us old guys remember the company?
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Just to confirm from another oldster. Nakamichi had a king of the hill reputation back in those days of yore.
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Their name reminds me of Die Hard and Nakatomi tower lol.
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Their name reminds me of Die Hard and Nakatomi tower lol.
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I prefer the tv edit....yippee-kai-yay Mr Falcon


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Nakimichi is one of those brand like mcintosh...and that isn't a misprint of the apple dooshes. I know both names from my days of car audio and yes they are both legendary, but not mainstream. I am curious about the daps
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Nakimichi is one of those brand like mcintosh...and that isn't a misprint of the apple dooshes. I know both names from my days of car audio and yes they are both legendary, but not mainstream. I am curious about the daps
Indeed, IDvsEgo...I too remember the Nakamichi car audio stuff. Sorta like old school Alpine, but more expensive as I recall.

I really am a bit surprised more folks aren't into this thread and this news - it does appear that the IEM/DAP side of Nakamichi is right now aimed squarely at the USA market. There is no reference to any of those things on the home Japanese Nakamichi site - clearly this indicates to me that Nakamichi is trying to leverage their name/reputation in America. If the response here is any indication, not too many folks remember them - it would seem an uphill battle.

I am very tempted to sample the top priced NEP-A500 while here in HK - I saw them in an HMV as I mentioned so I am gonna assume a very liberal return policy. Truth is, unless they completely blow me away, I prolly won't keep em anyway, but I am curious as to how they sound.

Will keep peeps posted if I decide to pull the trigger [if anyone cares!] lol
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I prefer the tv edit....yippee-kai-yay Mr Falcon


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuQP4d_r_Gs
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That they made 'high-end' cassette decks doesn't inspire confidence hahaha. Sounds a bit like the hifiman of yesteryear. Did it have titanium spools or something?

Vinyl records have enjoyed some longevity... whether due to nostalgia or legitimate quality... But cassette tapes were just never good. Nice for audiobooks, but a waste of money otherwise.

//Well I suppose tape cassettes varied in quality... very dependently on the cassette rather than the machine... But crap to less crap is not worth writing home about. Cassettes were about convenience in their day, not audio quality.
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high end doesn't always mean better sound quality. for the car stereo units, features, build quality, and internal amp power were what set the nak's apart from the kenwoods and pioneers.
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Cassette tapes we're awesome! I loved recording new songs off the radio that we're anywhere else, before digital music existed. It's a shame that the art of making mixed tapes has become non existent.

Making a mixed tape for a girl when you were a teenager inspires a lot of memories and just isn't as cool as mixed cd or a playlist.

Ahhh cassettes, those were the days.
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a mixed tape took work back then, thats why it meant something. now its just a playlist burned to a disc. easy.
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