Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    Here's an older TECHNICS I have that worked but I think it crashed. I still have about 5 other more modern decks. Even a Nak basic deck that needs a belt I think.

    I like the looks of this a lot. Who wouldn't. :p
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    That's a very pretty Technics deck.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    I have weird stuff in my basement...

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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,682
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I have weird stuff in my basement...

    So do I.

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    I always liked the silver faced cassette decks more than the black Naks. Now I would've loved a Nak. deck back then but I couldn't hardly afford the NICE Fisher one I bought. It's long gone because the solenoid motors gave out and the tech said he couldn't find them anywhere back then. :'(
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    I still have this set in the back room.
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    And this deck worked great too. Man I hated to sell this system with it's matching TT and speakers too. I'm sitting here shaking my head in disgust.
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,380
    Tony M wrote: »
    I still have this set in the back room.
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    Are those SX-x or xx model Pioneers? My dad has a later model with buttons in place of the volume. sounds pretty decent, I think a lot is lost in the volume button circuit.
    Sweet systems, all around!
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    edited November 2018
    hmmmm -- those are unfamiliar to me. :p
    Amplifier is evocative of an A-X5, but the dimensions look (??) different.

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    (image from https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/pioneer/a-x5.shtml )

    Tell us more about that little stack, @Tony M (if you would) :)
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,380
    And one more question... WHY IS THE TURNTABLE ON THE BOTTOM!?!? ;) :p
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    edited November 2018
    If so, the companion pieces might be CT-X5 cassette deck, F-X5 tuner, and PL-X5 tt.

    coupla borrowed images from teh webz.

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    note that this particular stack has, at least, a different amplifier. :p
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,380
    edited November 2018
    Ok, you guys have convinced me. I’m going to do some service to my Scott deck, and see how it sounds afterwards. Not that I have many cassettes to do that with, but whatever. I’ll make some mixtapes. ;)
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Ok, you guys have convinced me. I’m going to do some service to my Scott deck, and see how it sounds afterwards. Not that I have many cassettes to do that with, but whatever. I’ll make some mixtapes. ;)

    I'm loving my new (old) deck! In fact I'm on the search from some new tapes! Did I say rabbit hole? :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    I bought this deck from, DAK industries! Stock pic, as she is long gone! :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    verb wrote: »
    I bought this deck from, DAK industries! Stock pic, as she is long gone! :smile:
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    I found one of those at the Harvard dump once! It either didn't work, or it was unremarkable to the point that even I decided to pass it along to someone else... I don't actually remember anymore (?!) :(
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    And one more question... WHY IS THE TURNTABLE ON THE BOTTOM!?!? ;) :p

    It is a front loader... it can go anywhere.
    The amp manual looks like it was "supposed" to be on the bottom of the stack...

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    The Pioneer cassette deck I'd like to find would be one of these: CT-3000.

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    (all borrowed images, needless to say)

    I absolutely had no recollection of this deck -- I only saw them on eBAY long, long after they'd have been new.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    This is interesting. DIGITAL noise reduction (what?) on this Pioneer model. Not much out there, as far as I could find. Professor? :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    edited November 2018
    I just read the inquiries and I'll have to go out and write down the numbers in a minute.

    The TT is SOLID and has a drawer that electronically slide out and you then have to unfold the tone arm to it's extended position and then the TT is ready. It's pretty cool. I think there was something wrong with it when I bought the system and I haven't looked at it since.

    I do like all the computer style lights on this system.

    I just looked. I had a time just finding the system but I spotted it. I had to move some little metal Radio Shack and RCA (exactly the same speakers) to be able to TETRIS the system to the right... :s

    You're good Doc! ;) B)

    Cassette deck CT-X6

    Amp...A-X5

    Tuner...F-X3

    TT...which weighs about the same as all three other pieces combined...PL-X5

    The system still looks brand new except for that little crack in the plastic front of the amp. B)

    I paid 15.00 for this set at a church bazaar. I almost missed it like that older Marantz receiver I almost missed for the same reason. They were both on the floor UNDER the tables that had other stuff on them.

    I'm good at the I SPY scenarios when it comes to audio stuff. Speakers or electronics. I even got my wife hooked on looking for speakers and RECTANGULAR black boxes while doing "drive by's" when yard saleing. LOL. :D :p
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    verb wrote: »
    This is interesting. DIGITAL noise reduction (what?) on this Pioneer model. Not much out there, as far as I could find. Professor? :smile:
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    And this baby also has an Analog-Digital-Analog converter. Hmmm.
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    edited November 2018
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    And one more question... WHY IS THE TURNTABLE ON THE BOTTOM!?!? ;) :p

    I think it's SO heavy and solidly built, they designed it as a base I would think. It's too heavy to place it on top of the cassette deck or tuner and the amp should be on the top I would think for heat dissipation. :|
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,221
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    The Pioneer cassette deck I'd like to find would be one of these: CT-3000.

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    (all borrowed images, needless to say)

    I absolutely had no recollection of this deck -- I only saw them on eBAY long, long after they'd have been new.

    I've never seen this one either. Is the indicator recessed in the left vu meter to show the amount of tape remaining? The top of it's three lines of marking looks like it increases up to 45, possible minutes on one side of a 90 minute tape.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,380
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    And one more question... WHY IS THE TURNTABLE ON THE BOTTOM!?!? ;) :p

    It is a front loader... it can go anywhere.
    The amp manual looks like it was "supposed" to be on the bottom of the stack...

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    Oooooooooooh. That makes sense. Never heard of that before, cool!
    I was thinking, “that thing is gonna get crushed down there! And how do you plan to use it?” :)

    So I just finished cleaning up my Scott and starting to make a tape, and I can say, this sounds surprisingly good. A lot better that it did when I first got the deck. And I know the reason now; I didn’t know what Dolby NR meant, so I left it off, with the reasoning of less being in the signal being better. :) and now it sounds sweet. Just wait till I tell my dad I’ve found a new rabbit hole. :#
    Tony M wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    And one more question... WHY IS THE TURNTABLE ON THE BOTTOM!?!? ;) :p

    I think it's SO heavy and solidly built, they designed it as a base I would think. It's too heavy to place it on top of the cassette deck or tuner and the amp should be on the top I would think for heat dissipation. :|

    Very cool. Safe bet it sounds good methinks. Is it a linear tracking TT?
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    aprazer402 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    The Pioneer cassette deck I'd like to find would be one of these: CT-3000.

    jsi75kwxiz9z.png
    u7bwnsoytl3g.png
    udh8q6fw3ce9.png

    (all borrowed images, needless to say)

    I absolutely had no recollection of this deck -- I only saw them on eBAY long, long after they'd have been new.

    I've never seen this one either. Is the indicator recessed in the left vu meter to show the amount of tape remaining? The top of it's three lines of marking looks like it increases up to 45, possible minutes on one side of a 90 minute tape.

    Maybe (??) -- I have no idea what that third meter is... but it's cool, no doubt.
    Tape remaining indicator seems perfectly plausible. :)

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    verb wrote: »
    This is interesting. DIGITAL noise reduction (what?) on this Pioneer model. Not much out there, as far as I could find. Professor? :smile:
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    No idea -- some way to avoid paying Dolby Labs licensing fees, I guess :p

    Speaking of which -- I read somewhere (on the internet, so it must be true, right?) that no one makes the Dolby NR chips any more, so there are no current production decks with Dolby NR of any flavor. I did look at a few current production decks one day (being both a skeptic and an empiricist) and the few I found had DNR (dynamic noise reduction) -- but no Dolby NR. :|
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    Yep read the same on recent production decks. Interesting that the Pioneer deck has Dolby and Digital noise reduction. Gimmick maybe? Dunno.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    verb wrote: »
    Yep read the same on recent production decks. Interesting that the Pioneer deck has Dolby and Digital noise reduction. Gimmick maybe? Dunno.

    ... maybe ;)
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,864
    edited November 2018
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    And one more question... WHY IS THE TURNTABLE ON THE BOTTOM!?!? ;) :p

    It is a front loader... it can go anywhere.
    The amp manual looks like it was "supposed" to be on the bottom of the stack...

    Very cool. Safe bet it sounds good methinks. Is it a linear tracking TT?

    It's been so long but I think you hit it on the head. I believe 99% it is linear.
    God that TT is HEAVY. LOL.

    Thanks for that image of the stacking order Micha. (sp.)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,960
    Viking64 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I have weird stuff in my basement...

    So do I.

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    Storage facility for Tonyb's cement business perhaps?
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,682
    Storage facility for Tonyb's cement business perhaps?

    HAHAHA Either that or verb's Monoprice amps. :p
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