Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,398
    edited January 2018
    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: 5,424
    They better bring these back then. I had a lot of these cassettes "back in the day".:
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,069
    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: 5,925
    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: 2,117
    For cassettes DBX I&II is the best noise reduction there is...Dolby can't compare hands down...just sayin...
  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,247
    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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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,069
    Bouncing VU meters are cool...

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,925
    The hipsters must've found out about cassettes, because those Nakamichi 480s are going for a pretty penny on eBay in good condition.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,398
    edited January 2018
    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: 7,459
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,763
    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: 5,180
    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: 1,398
    verb wrote: »
    gmcman wrote: »
    Nice tunes !!!

    Oh yeah....I bought that tape my junior year in HS. :p
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,459
    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: 2,379
    literally a steal at todays cassette prices!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,925
    edited January 2018
    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.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 5,180
    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: 5,925
    To be fair, the music I love would probably make you guys FULLY vomit.
    verb wrote: »
    Ouch!!! LOL!!!

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,069
    Don't all y'all like both kinds of music?

    Country and Western?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,069
    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.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,459
    edited January 2018
    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)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,622
    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: 7,459
    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: 21,069
    edited January 2018
    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
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,459
    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... :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,284
    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: 18,846
    edited January 2018
    "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: 2,158
    edited January 2018
    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: 1,124
    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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