Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,353
    delkal wrote: »
    Did anyone ever have a prerecorded cassette tape that lasted for more than a year? They used the cheapest materials and they would always jam and break. If I dig out my box of old cassettes in the basement I know 95%+ of the survivors are the ones I recorded myself using quality blank cassettes (usually Maxell).

    There are some of those horrific grey plastic shell commercial cassettes here that belong to Mrs. H. Tom Jones, Barbara Streisand, Ringo Starr... they're Zombie tapes -- they can't be killed... They must be more than 40 years old.
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  • 55LS7055LS70 Posts: 151
    edited January 21
    I just recently acquired a JVC TD-V541 three head deck. I got it to play back some of the old tapes I recorded in the 70's and 80's and yes, they still sounded fairly decent, some had a couple of dropouts, and I have a stash of unused chrome and metal tapes. I also have a few vintage/rare albums I like to record. The deck is a direct drive and has had the troublesome motor control capacitors replaced. It's equipped with Dolby B/C and HX Pro and, on my tube rig, sounds pretty decent. Lately CD's have been sounding a little brittle to my ears (my ears have had a rough life) and the tape deck does an excellent job in reproducing the smoothness of a record album. I enjoy listening to it and it might be a keeper, providing it keeps working. It's a complicated machine that's old (cir. 1991), so thus, it wouldn't surprise me if problems would soon arise. I wouldn't recommend one to everybody, but, so far, it works for me. Now, I got to hit my mom up to see if there's any more of my tapes at her house.
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,039
    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: 5,245
    They better bring these back then. I had a lot of these cassettes "back in the day".:
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,353
    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: 3,116
    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: 2,048
    For cassettes DBX I&II is the best noise reduction there is...Dolby can't compare hands down...just sayin...
  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,122
    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: 2,122
    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: 17,353
    Bouncing VU meters are cool...

    "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

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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,909
    Geez Louise...now I'm searching for a functional tape deck...I got tapes!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    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: 1,039
    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: 5,113
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,393
    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: 2,405
    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: 1,039
    verb wrote: »
    gmcman wrote: »
    Nice tunes !!!

    Oh yeah....I bought that tape my junior year in HS. :p
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,113
    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: 2,236
    literally a steal at todays cassette prices!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    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: 2,405
    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: 3,116
    To be fair, the music I love would probably make you guys FULLY vomit.
    verb wrote: »
    Ouch!!! LOL!!!

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,353
    Don't all y'all like both kinds of music?

    Country and Western?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,353
    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: 5,113
    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: 9,658
    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: 5,113
    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: 17,353
    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
    "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: 5,113
    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: 5,998
    My little Nak BX-125 served me well. Still have it, but needs belts and a good dusting and cleaning.
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