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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:56 am 
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Sold my Technics direct drive TT recently and picked up a Denon cassette deck in really good condition. I use it mostly for "digitizing" cassettes from our church archives. I do play the odd cassette, but not for critical listening.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:58 am 
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Vinyl Guy wrote:

The real question is who uses a stereo anymore? The "average" person is moving to blue tooth speakers and their cell phone. I see fewer and fewer young people with a "stereo" as compared to when I was growing up. :wink:


I've had a surge of requests and have sold TT's to young people lately. The age range in the few months...23-33.
If you ask if they have albums to play, yes, they already have... Some of their own, some of their parents etc.
One needs an amp and speakers this week as she got one of her moms TT's as a gift. She had the choice of a newer USB version, or a Pioneer PL115d. The 115d went home to her condo....

It may not be a revolution, but I think it is an awakening that the small electronic make due is being supplimented by 2 channel analog for quality or filling a void in a new home etc.

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I was curious how pre recorded cassettes sound on a semi hifi setup. Sting The Soul Cages is a great example of how good cassettes can sound. Manufactured on BASF pro II chrome. It sounds amazing. Imaging like crazy. This is using a lightly used $20 late model JVC deck. I have it on vinyl too, the cassette isn't far behind in sound quality.

Remember these cassettes are selling around $1 each, and decent tape decks can be found for $50 or less. I figured why not.

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I find that magnetic tape offers the highest potential sound fidelity, but the vast majority of pre-recorded cassettes are of poor quality due to the cheap materials and high speed dubbing techniques. I prefer making my own cassettes using good sources, metal tape and a Revox B215. Now that I have obtained a Sony WM D6C, I am now portable as well.

I would love to get my hands on some of those 80's Reference Recording Series from Nakamichi....master tapes from Delos, GRP, Telarc and Sheffield Lab to cherry-picked super premium TDK MA metal tape in custom cassette housings w/Dolby C using ZX9 decks in real time. 20-Hz to 20,000-Hz and a dynamic range or signal-to-noise ratio of over 90-dB.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:26 pm 
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Remember these cassettes are selling around $1 each, and decent tape decks can be found for $50 or less. I figured why not.


It depends on the rest of your setup. As my has improved over the years, my cassettes tend to sound "worse" compared to other sources. Not surprising given that tape technology has not "improved" in many years. Meanwhile, other sources have continued to improve (e.g., cd players).


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:50 pm 
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Haven't even started recording yet. Got some type II sealed blanks. My Nakamichi 480 needs some attention. I'm Getting up the nerve to replace the belts and idler tire. It has a sticky pinch roller activator too. Still have to see if its worth investing time in cassettes. Have to say it has grabbed my attention.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:03 pm 
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I have a few tape decks and actually having been making tapes lately as scored some sealed blanks . It's a labor of love making tapes instead of drag and drop for CD burning . Got back into tape a year ago and still had all my old tapes from way back when :D


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Hi ae86,
Your Nak 480 uses the "standard transport #1" and is very complicated. Your machine should be serviced by a pro who knows these machines and has spare parts. There are a couple companies doing this in the 'States. Your machine will come back like new if done this way.

You may need the capstan bearing and idlers as well, not just new belts. Keep in mind that wow and flutter will be much higher if you don't use the Nakamichi original parts.

I used to be authorized warranty for Nakamichi before I sold my company in 1998. I cannot service these myself (left all the jigs and tapes with the business) any more. But please take my advice and have your machine serviced by a specialist. It will come back like a new machine and probably work better than it ever has before.

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