Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,118
    You related to John Wayne Gacy?
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,682
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    You related to John Wayne Gacy?

    Yes, but unlike him, I am sort of a neat freak. :p

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  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    afterburnt wrote: »
    I found them when I was looking for something that I needed. Didn't find it now I don't remember what I was looking for.

    Anyway make me a nice Barry Manilow mix tape and I may forgive you

    Tapes arrived safely today! Thank you sir! :smile:
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    These are interesting. Small form factor tape decks. Nice solution to a nearfield setup.
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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
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    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
    Those look both adorable and expensive. :|

    PS Haven't forgotten my cassette spelunking expedition. Just movin' slow(ly) as usual.

    :p

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  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    No worries Professor! Operation spelunking underway here as well! :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
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Those look both adorable and expensive.

    Well compared to the 15 bucks and a little time I spent on the Pioneer, then yes. But, they can be found easily for under 2 hundie. Everything is relative, IMO. :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
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,865
    edited December 2018
    I know I'm over 60 and my hearing is limited to 10khz but the younger friend and me enjoyed playing chess listening to those cassettes that afternoon. The sound sounded great and there was no hiss that I remember.

    Remember, cassettes were supposed to be the NEW technology. I have some very revealing speakers in my SRS2's with those old tweeters still in them too.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    Finally setup my 15 dollar cassette player in the secondary rig in the basement. Rocking Alan Parsons right now on the Monitor 10’s!
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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
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,220
    Sweet looking TT, and I'm drooling over the Carvers too
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    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, Hurricane Nuts, Blackhole5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-600, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer
    Cables: Speaker: Furez 10/2 with GLS Locking Banana Plugs
    Interconnect: Furez 10/2 with SpeakONs
    ICs: Custom Furez by Douglas Connections
    Den:
    Bose 901 Series II Continentals Restored, Re-Built Equalizer with Elna Silmic IIs, Sonicaps, and Silver Mica Caps
    Carver CT-3 Pre, Carver C-500

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  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    Thanks David!
    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
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,502
    edited December 2018
    Had one of these in the mid 80's; wish I still had it so I could just plug it in and stare at it. dbx NR was the shizzle:

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    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    ^^^^ sooooo many buttons.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,502
    edited December 2018
    You could manually calibrate any tape for this machine to maximize performance, via the adjustment pots on the right side. It was far more gorgeous in person. Note the "hard cabled" remote jack...LOL.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • I'm a sucker for cool higher end decks. I have 4 decks and it's purely for nostalgia sake, but they do sound pretty dang good. I take my time and find these around for bargain prices. I would never pay top dollar for these decks - which some of them seem to go for.

    Below are the 4 decks I have, but these are not my pictures. All of them are in mint or near mint condition. I think the Nakamichi is my favorite though - especially for pre-recorded cassettes as it has a dial to fine adjust the azimuth. The Sony's are nice for recording as it's easy to calibrate any cassette to maximize performance.

    As to whether cassettes are making a comeback, I don't know. I just know that I find it cool to actually watch the mechanical playback of media.

    Nakamichi DR-1
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    Sony TC-K909ES
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    JVC TD-V711
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    Sony TC-K890ES
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    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: 20,038
    I would love to have one of any of the later-production Sony 3-head decks. They were pretty nice. I once found one at the good ol' Harvard (MA) town dump, and spent some quality time trying to resurrect it -- but was ultimately thwarted.

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,118
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I would love to have one of any of the later-production Sony 3-head decks. They were pretty nice. I once found one at the good ol' Harvard (MA) town dump, and spent some quality time trying to resurrect it -- but was ultimately thwarted.

    Yep they were pretty sweet. Too bad Sony don't make gear like that anymore
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,221
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    1983 Teac deck of mine, has B,C & dbx. Dark wood enclosure. I'm pretty sure it's a three head deck. Rarely used, in storage now.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,118
    Ran across this in a house I showed a while back...

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    geesh that smells like 1976 all day
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,220
    aprazer402 wrote: »
    Just found these sealed cassettes in a drawer. I know I have more stored elsewhere, Maxell XLIIS's and metal tapes. What an odd assortment though!
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    TDK SAs, brings me back...
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, Hurricane Nuts, Blackhole5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-600, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer
    Cables: Speaker: Furez 10/2 with GLS Locking Banana Plugs
    Interconnect: Furez 10/2 with SpeakONs
    ICs: Custom Furez by Douglas Connections
    Den:
    Bose 901 Series II Continentals Restored, Re-Built Equalizer with Elna Silmic IIs, Sonicaps, and Silver Mica Caps
    Carver CT-3 Pre, Carver C-500

    dhsspeakerservice.com/
    Exclusive Distributor of Gimpod's Custom SDA Circuit Boards

    "And keep her under 70, would you, huh? Betty likes a slow ride"
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,118
    aprazer402 wrote: »
    Just found these sealed cassettes in a drawer. I know I have more stored elsewhere, Maxell XLIIS's and metal tapes. What an odd assortment though!
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    TDK SAs, brings me back...

    yep I was a big fan of TDK SA and Denon metal tapes
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 478
    I thought any of "the Ideal for CD"s were pretty great.
    I have a couple of the Maxell Black Magenetite 90 minute versions
    around here somewhere. The 120 minute cassettes ended up
    being less reliable for me.

    I used to love give comps (Who, Stones, PF,ect)
    and stuff off the radio. I still have some of it. Can you imagine
    doing that today? Thanks!! err, um.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,502
    edited December 2018
    For awhile I was experimenting with CD--to--hifi vhs with astounding results. Nearly black background with no NR needed, thanks to high speed heads and S/N ratios. I later moved to Reel to Reel, but playing with the hi-fi VHS and creating compilation tapes was fun.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,221
    I made some really good recordings with the Sony UX-S tapes. I also used the Sony UX-ES, UX-Pro and Sony Metal-XR, all bought in 1989. The UX iterations are all chrome, but not sure of their order of quality, nor do I care at this late date. TDK SA-X and pre Mexican made Maxell XLIIS cassettes performed outstanding as well. :)
  • verbverb Posts: 4,484
    SIHAB wrote: »
    I thought any of "the Ideal for CD"s were pretty great.
    I have a couple of the Maxell Black Magenetite 90 minute versions
    around here somewhere. The 120 minute cassettes ended up
    being less reliable for me.

    I used to love give comps (Who, Stones, PF,ect)
    and stuff off the radio. I still have some of it. Can you imagine
    doing that today? Thanks!! err, um.

    Sounds like a Karma forthcoming! :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
    Nice looking Luxman. This one also has got DBX noise reduction!
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    https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/ele/d/luxman-406-stereo-cassette-tape-deck/6776600615.html
    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
    steveinaz wrote: »
    For awhile I was experimenting with CD--to--hifi vhs with astounding results. Nearly black background with no NR needed, thanks to high speed heads and S/N ratios. I later moved to Reel to Reel, but playing with the hi-fi VHS and creating compilation tapes was fun.

    Listening to festive holiday modulations via VHS HiFi Stereo even as I type this :)

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,038
    verb wrote: »
    Nice looking Luxman. This one also has got DBX noise reduction!
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    https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/ele/d/luxman-406-stereo-cassette-tape-deck/6776600615.html

    I've never seen a Luxman cassette deck like that one. :|
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