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post #1 of 20 Old 02-17-17, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

So seeing as there now seems to be a small but none the less noticeable comeback of the Cassette tape and vinyl seems to be gaining ground again do any of you plan on buying a Tape deck and or digging out the one you already have and using it?

http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/...usic-1.3290300

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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

Hahahaha!!!! Not a chance. I survived all that once already! Lol. Far too many detractors for me. It was fun in the 80s when I was growing up, but I find zero technical advantage in using tape. And being able AirPlay, or stream from my pc is priceless. IMO, cassette media and equipment belongs in museums. I have a decent technics TD gathering dust. Maybe I could sell it to one of these new guys!
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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

Ya, I see the draw of vinyl but the cassette is a little odd to me as the sound quality even on a new tape is not nearly as good as CD. I have two higher end tape decks at home and other than the odd tape I have kicking around they hardly ever get used.

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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?


I really don't get the attraction to these old mediums fraught with clips, pops and background hiss. After enduring that stuff for a decade, the first time I heard a CD and music faded into a total inky-black silence - wow, it was absolutely stunning, a thing to behold. I'll never go back.

The only reason I keep a turntable and cassette deck around is to transfer tapes and vinyl to my computer, where I can clean up the clicks, pops and background hiss as much as possible before saving it to a file or burning it to a CD.

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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

Vinyl I get, but cassette tapes are a miserable medium, and I had (among others) a Nakamichi 700ZXL (tossed it about 10 years ago). I do still have a TEAC A-4010, but I doubt it will ever be removed from its box again (don't really know why I'm hanging on to it). I even bought a PCM add-on for a Sony SL-2710 (I think that was the model) Beta Hi-Fi. I have no desire to ever see another tape of any flavor - just a horrible storage medium for so many reasons.
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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

I enjoyed sitting in front of my cassette deck for hours on end making mix tapes for the car and portable player. The deck wasn't high end, but leached out (what I considered to be) fantastic sound from high grade tapes. There was a lot of hiss, though. Dolby-B seemed to dull the whole presentation, while Dolby-C seemed better but with different results on different decks. Home tapes were made without Dolby NR. I preferred to remove tape hiss using a single-ended noise gate (KLH Burwen Research DNF-1201A).

I still have the cassette deck, the noise filter, and a graphic EQ unit with LEDs on each slider. All work, but I only keep them around for nostalgic reasons.

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I have enough music on cassette that's not available on any other medium that I keep a cassette deck (Teac V-7010) connected to my system. All my tapes were recorded by me using Dolby B or C and consequently sound pretty good. I have no pre-recorded tapes.
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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

Ironic, I just was given this Denon DN-T620 rackmount CD/Tape unit. I have enough rackspace in my theater room rack that this will work nicely. I needed a decent CD player anyhow and now I can have it mounted in the rack properly.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
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Re: The comeback of Cassette tapes and Vinyl?

Anybody need a Sony ADAT player/recorder? I hear those are making a comeback...?

But seriously... pay for shipping and you can have it. Fair warning, it is NOT light. Or small.
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Ironic, I just was given this Denon DN-T620 rackmount CD/Tape unit. I have enough rackspace in my theater room rack that this will work nicely. I needed a decent CD player anyhow and now I can have it mounted in the rack properly.
Nice unit, Tony! Looks like they’re cleaning house at your church again, huh?

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