Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,181
    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: 1,795
    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: 1,059
    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...
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,350
    My little Nak BX-125 served me well. Still have it, but needs belts and a good dusting and cleaning.
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    There's a BX-125 in silver down in the basement. It works properly but it's a pretty bare-bones machine. I kept it because I found it (at the ol' Harvard town dump) in its original packaging, which is nice.

    A somewhat shabbier BX-100 passed through, too (same provenance -- of course :) ). I have a photo handy of the BX-100, so I'll share it here.

    14409014405_e1f8007580_b.jpgNakBX100running by Mark Hardy, on Flickr


    16527696880_9a55b73dc6_b.jpgcassettedeck2 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    This was a pretty nice, late(r) Nakamichi 2-head deck. Same provenance as above -- this one I gave to one of the local hifi gurus who had a good use for it (as opposed to havin' it sit on a shelf here). He had a bunch of cassette tapes from his early 1980s "New Wave" band that he wanted to retrieve -- for a reunion with his old bandmates :)

    (I think there was a three-head variant of this deck, as well)



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  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 5,998
    The 125 was pretty bare bones, but did everything I needed it to do. I used the TDK SAs, and had great results.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,350
    edited February 1
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    found a (bad) photo of the aforementioned other cheap Nak here. It's not a BX-125, is it? :p I can't read the model number -- I'll have to drag my r-ump downstairs & look to see what it is :p

    EDIT: it's a BX-1. As bare-bones as a Nakamichi ever got.

    "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)
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 954
    smglbrth wrote: »
    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...

    Here's my Onkyo TA-2600, gets used a couple of times a year, I've been happy with it over the years. I also like my TEAC V-909RX (w/dbx), JVC KD-V6, and Sony TC-RX606ES (w/Dolby S) decks.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,350
    Onkyo made (or at least sold, i.e., they may have been made by others) a slew of nice-quality decks.

    Probably worth noting that, especially in the early days of hifi cassette decks, a lot of companies' decks were Nakamichi OEM -- a lot of those were Nakamichi 500s :) That's not a bad 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)
  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    edited February 16
    Wow - Cassette decks in recent production, since discontinued but readily available.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Another one. Still in production. Has USB capability.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,113
    edited February 16
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    Just like Vinyl, I have never abandoned cassettes have a ton of em, plus still have 3 decks in working condition.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Way cool. I've been validated! Seen your pic of the deck on another thread!
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    All in good humor. I still have a three cassette decks (and a bunch of cassettes), but prices for some of these decks seem to have gone through the roof. Here's my list.
    • Nakamichi DR-1
    • Sony TC-K890ES
    • JVC TD-V711
    Beautiful pieces of machinery from a time gone by. More nostalgia for me than anything else.

    Speakers
    Energy RC-70 Mains, Energy RC-LRC Center, Energy RC-R (x4) Rear Channels, Energy RC-R (x2) Front Effects
    Polk 5jr+
    Polk SDA 2B
    Polk SDS 3.1TL

    Equipment
    Panamax 5510 Re-generator Power Conditioner
    Yamaha RX-V3800 Receiver
    Digital Sources: Sony CDP-X339ES CD Player, HHB CDR830 BurnIt Professional CD Recorder, Sony PS3, Oppo DV-983H DVD Player
    Analog Sources: Sony TC-K890ES Cassette, Nakamichi DR-1 Cassette, Technics SL-7 Turntable
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,350
    Even Philips had a sense of humo(u)r about their creation, in honor of its 50th anniversary a few years back:

    14667522568_0a5ecf8a37_b.jpgcasettebirthday_v2-lrg by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    "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)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,393
    C-60??? Good luck fitting 2 whole albums on that!!!
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