Are cassettes really making a comeback?

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,310
    You related to John Wayne Gacy?
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,820
    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: 6,278
    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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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 6,278
    These are interesting. Small form factor tape decks. Nice solution to a nearfield setup.
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 21,568
    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: 6,278
    No worries Professor! Operation spelunking underway here as well! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 6,278
    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, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 7,919
    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: 6,278
    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, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 6,329
    Sweet looking TT, and I'm drooling over the Carvers too
    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

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    Exclusive Distributor of Gimpod's Custom SDA Circuit Boards

    "And keep her under 70, would you, huh? Betty likes a slow ride"
  • verbverb Posts: 6,278
    Thanks David!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 18,952
    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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    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,568
    ^^^^ sooooo many buttons.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,952
    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.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 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: 21,568
    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: 13,310
    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: 1,399
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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.
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,418
    Ran across this in a house I showed a while back...

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    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,310
    Ran across this in a house I showed a while back...

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    geesh that smells like 1976 all day
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,329
    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: 13,310
    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: 924
    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: 18,952
    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.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,399
    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: 6,278
    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, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 6,278
    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, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC'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: 21,568
    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: 21,568
    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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