Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,116
    edited January 22
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Myself i had a high end Yamaha deck with dolby C boy was it just the cats meow. I'd record CD's to take in the vehicle and the Denon metal HX pro IIRC. Recorded correctly into the plus 4-6 into the red and they just ate it up. I'd challenge friends to pick which was CD and Cassette 90% of the time they would get it wrong

    Not sure what deck you had, but my Yamaha will also make some very good sounding tapes. I agree, I could probably get some mp3 lovers to listen and they prob wouldn't have any idea it was a tape.

    Had to bring it out for a pic.


  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,293
    They better bring these back then. I had a lot of these cassettes "back in the day".:
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,400
    headrott wrote: »
    They better bring these back then. I had a lot of these cassettes "back in the day".:
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    The tape would cost (today) more than most decks on the used market :|

    And, this is gmcman's Yamaha (for those, like me, too lazy to click on thumbnails) ;)

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,229
    My dad had this in his stereo setup. Let me tell you when I was a kid, those bouncing VU meters were the coolest thing:

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  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 2,097
    For cassettes DBX I&II is the best noise reduction there is...Dolby can't compare hands down...just sayin...
  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,135
    Clipdat wrote: »
    My dad had this in his stereo setup. Let me tell you when I was a kid, those bouncing VU meters were the coolest thing:

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    I may or may not have that exact deck in my bedroom rig. (OK, I do).
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  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,135
    Clipdat wrote: »
    My dad had this in his stereo setup. Let me tell you when I was a kid, those bouncing VU meters were the coolest thing:

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    Take 2 at responding to your post:

    "Son?"
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,400
    Bouncing VU meters are cool...

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,229
    The hipsters must've found out about cassettes, because those Nakamichi 480s are going for a pretty penny on eBay in good condition.
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,116
    edited January 23
    I like to show the kids how we used to make a "mix tape"...nostalgia purposes. I've thrown a tape in here and there..quite a throwback.

    This is the vid I sent my buddy to let him know his deck was finally working after a few belt changes and cleaning. He picked it up used real cheap....in very nice cosmetic condition albeit not working.

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,593
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,813
    Clipdat wrote: »
    The hipsters must've found out about cassettes, because those Nakamichi 480s are going for a pretty penny on eBay in good condition.

    Hmmmmmm, maybe in a year or two Betamax will become "ironic" for the hipsters. I'd be rich. I still have my 1984 Sony with it's 25-foot corded remote and some prime factory video releases. :p

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  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    gmcman wrote: »
    I like to show the kids how we used to make a "mix tape"...nostalgia purposes. I've thrown a tape in here and there..quite a throwback.

    This is the vid I sent my buddy to let him know his deck was finally working after a few belt changes and cleaning. He picked it up used real cheap....in very nice cosmetic condition albeit not working.


    Nice tunes !!!
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,116
    verb wrote: »
    gmcman wrote: »
    Nice tunes !!!

    Oh yeah....I bought that tape my junior year in HS. :p
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,593
    not too bad if you like country and are in Myrtle Beach.

    https://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/emd/d/country-music-cassettes-tub/6457623327.html
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,308
    literally a steal at todays cassette prices!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,229
    edited January 24
    A tub of country music on cassette.

    Not sure of the last time I've vomited a little into my mouth and then swallowed it back down.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    Clipdat wrote: »
    A tub of country music on cassette.

    Not sure when the last time I've vomited a little into my mouth and then swallowed it back down.

    Ouch!!! LOL!!!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,229
    To be fair, the music I love would probably make you guys FULLY vomit.
    verb wrote: »
    Ouch!!! LOL!!!

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,400
    Don't all y'all like both kinds of music?

    Country and Western?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,400
    I mean, if you're gonna listen to C&W, and you don't have an 8-track deck in your pickup... cassette's the next best thing.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,593
    edited January 24
    If you're as old as me, when we were growing up pre-puberty, all there was, was C&W.



    We had 3 channels and Hee-Haw was not to be missed each week. ;) Then the Beatles and Stones and Elvis and .....then Pink Floyd. :D B)
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,229
    Oh yes my house had the hee haw channel as well as the Lawrence Welk channel. Don't know how i ever made it out alive...
    lol
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,593
    This just popped up. It looks nice but Sharp? I don't know.

    https://wilmington.craigslist.org/ele/d/as-is-cassette-deck-sharp/6471744147.html
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,400
    edited January 24
    The infamous Sharp Computer Controlled Cassette Deck -- also sold as "Optonica"
    (the upmarket Sharp brand). It was -- ahem -- ahead of its time.


    https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/sharp/rt-3388a.shtml
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    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,593
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    The infamous Sharp Computer Controlled Cassette Deck -- also sold as "Optonica"
    (the upmarket Sharp brand). It was -- ahem -- ahead of its time.


    https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/sharp/rt-3388a.shtml

    65db Signal to Noise ratio. OH My...

    I guess that was Dolby B's best at the time... :#
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  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,066
    My little Nak BX-125 served me well. Still have it, but needs belts and a good dusting and cleaning.
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,269
    edited January 25
    "Z" series Teacs had dbx Pro, that's why I had the Z-6000. Far better than dolby NR.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,871
    edited January 25
    My little Nak BX-125 served me well. Still have it, but needs belts and a good dusting and cleaning.
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    That Nak was the first and only stand-alone cassette deck I ever owned. IIRC, I asked for it as a Christmas gift when I was 13 or 14. That was my one and only gift that year. I thought my dad was going to **** a brick when he found out how much my mom had spent on it!
  • smglbrthsmglbrth Posts: 1,064
    Coming back? I don't think so in all reality so far as mainstream is concerned. Nostalgia comes into play here. My first real nice deck, and last, was an Onkyo Integra TA-2600. A very good machine especially with metal tapes. Many times I thought I should have kept it, just because...
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