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Old 14th November 2017, 07:04 PM   #31
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FWIW, thanks to the folks at Dolby and Nakamichi & Revox among others, there were some pretty darn serious recording / playback decks "in the day" that delivered far better performance than the media format should have allowed, particularly when using the advanced metal tape formulations - and at least an order of magnitude higher than the 8-track, but yeah, there were still limitations.

None of the commercial pre-recorded cassettes I ever heard could approach what you could get with something like a Nak LX5 or Revox B215 and a quality front end.


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Old 14th November 2017, 11:16 PM   #32
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100% Chris. When I started out in "Hi-Fi" cassettes in the early 70s I bought a lot of music on cassette and couldn't understand why the quality was so awful. Recordings I made from LP or open reel onto cassette were not bad, so it didn't make sense.

Then I learned the evils of high speed tape duplication.
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Old 15th November 2017, 01:44 AM   #33
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Old 15th November 2017, 01:50 AM   #34
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While my main signal sources these days are cd's, fm tuner, lp's and digital files, i still hold on to cassette tapes. Have few hundreds around, all recorded by me from cd's or lp's, except few life recordings.
I still keep few high quality cassette decks around. My favorite are Onkyo.
These days its fun to dig out old cassette and see whats recorded on it. It's pure nostalgia.
No shortage of tapes here...
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Old 29th November 2017, 03:39 AM   #35
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Default Cassettes.....

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Cassette tapes making a comeback thanks to young, independent artists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

... last week my youngest (19) bought her first 'Vinyl'..
evil dad made her set up & operate the turntable, just to make her realize what a PITA records are.... on top of that the music was rubbish... her comment: "I'm a bit disappointed"....
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Old 29th November 2017, 03:42 AM   #36
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Cassettes aren't that bad. Making your own mixtape is a hell of a lot more rugged than a cd and cd's get lost a lot easier. I master my own metal tapes on a JVC TD-V66 which performs just as good as a Nakamichi Dragon in wow and flutter but costs 1/10th the price, I paid $100 for mine.

Why don't we make our own head units?

I still have a cassette player in my car actually and it and the radio sounds great because it has no DSP to meddle with the sound and its a lot easier to eject a cassette and throw it in the glove box than it is to do the same with a cd and worry about it getting scratched up.

For my car build I'll be using a separate stereo system with a phone -> bluetooth -> spdif -> dac -> ALPS volume control -> 5 band equalizer -> Pioneer Class AB amplifier setup to route around the fujitsu ten head unit and give me the best possible sound quality, but as for regular am/fm and cassette listening I use the Fujitsu ten :
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Old 1st December 2017, 01:12 AM   #37
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What shortage? I still come across brand new wrapped cassettes at thrift stores. And pre-recorded tapes can always be erased and reused.
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