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 Post subject: Cassette Lives!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:08 am 
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I found out about this company and surprise they continue to make cassettes and other types of tape in the USA. Needless to say I was surprised.

https://www.nationalaudiocompany.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:20 am 
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I love the format but it's a dead issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:29 am 
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Thanks for the link :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:43 am 
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I wonder why they do not manufacture reel to reel tapes ??


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:44 am 
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In Toronto check out "The Dupe Shop"


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
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Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media. I've always liked finding and fixing the players as well, I have a small collection of about 18 decks. So yeah, there must be the demand for tapes for the thousands of tape decks still out there or possibly hoarding by cassette nuts.....I've already hoarded a lifetime supply of tapes though!


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rustee wrote:
Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media. I've always liked finding and fixing the players as well, I have a small collection of about 18 decks. So yeah, there must be the demand for tapes for the thousands of tape decks still out there or possibly hoarding by cassette nuts.....I've already hoarded a lifetime supply of tapes though!


"Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media."

I really enjoyed LMAO on that one. That's like saying McDonald's is as viable a diet as any, if you're into food.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:15 am 
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OWU497 wrote:
rustee wrote:
Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media. I've always liked finding and fixing the players as well, I have a small collection of about 18 decks. So yeah, there must be the demand for tapes for the thousands of tape decks still out there or possibly hoarding by cassette nuts.....I've already hoarded a lifetime supply of tapes though!


"Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media."

I really enjoyed LMAO on that one. That's like saying McDonald's is as viable a diet as any, if you're into food.


What's your problem with cassettes?


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:31 am 
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Voodoo Funk wrote:
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Not really.Better sounding than CD.It is analogue.


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Sgt Pepper wrote:
OWU497 wrote:
rustee wrote:
Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media. I've always liked finding and fixing the players as well, I have a small collection of about 18 decks. So yeah, there must be the demand for tapes for the thousands of tape decks still out there or possibly hoarding by cassette nuts.....I've already hoarded a lifetime supply of tapes though!


"Cassette is as viable a format as any, if you're into physical media."

I really enjoyed LMAO on that one. That's like saying McDonald's is as viable a diet as any, if you're into food.


What's your problem with cassettes?


Problem with cassettes. Well, they're universally understood to have the worst quality sound. I'm pro-analogue, but garbage is garbage.
Cassette tape deteriorates over time. Even CDs have fixed their deterioration problems.
The "Lo-fi" aesthetic is just so much artistic masturbation; that's not enough to justify their existence. Cassettes are strictly a novelty format for the punks and the avant-garde.
The CD literally does everything better than the cassette. The only justification for cassette back in the day was recording, and ALL the digital formats do that better.
If you want analogue, buy vinyl.


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:42 am 
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Interesting - a taste of all. :)

https://www.nationalaudiocompany.com/pr ... -recorder/


Unless you insist on 8 track.

Reminds me, I saw 8 tracks for sale at a local record show this weekend. :shock:


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OWU497 wrote: What's your problem with cassettes?[/quote]

Problem with cassettes. Well, they're universally understood to have the worst quality sound. I'm pro-analogue, but garbage is garbage.
Cassette tape deteriorates over time. Even CDs have fixed their deterioration problems.
The "Lo-fi" aesthetic is just so much artistic masturbation; that's not enough to justify their existence. Cassettes are strictly a novelty format for the punks and the avant-garde.
The CD literally does everything better than the cassette. The only justification for cassette back in the day was recording, and ALL the digital formats do that better.
If you want analogue, buy vinyl.[/quote]

Obviously a person that has never owned a good cassette deck.You would be shocked.Those of us that have maintaned decks for 40 plus years would hardly be called punks or avant guard.And no, CD does not sound as good as a cassette.I own them all so I can tell you that you are talking about something you have no knowledge of.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:05 pm 
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Which format sounds better is a function of the quality of the original recording, the quality of the media and finally the quality of the playback machine.
I once asked my departed mother which sounded best to her, vinyl records or cds? Her response was it depends. Sometimes records are better, sometimes cds. My mother was not tech savvy, but she had grown up in an era when live performances still dominated. She also enjoyed music.


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 Post subject: Re: Cassette Lives!
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There is no question that cassettes are a dead issue in terms of business, but so is CD in the next 2 or 3 years.There is also no doubt that a vinyl LP produces the best sound in a good hifi system. That is the only reason it has rebounded in some sort of way, business wise. But the future of digital playback is not CD. It is obviously in downloading, one way or another.For those of us still using tape, and there are still lots of people that do have functioning tape machines, the musical satisfaction far exceeds just about anything I have heard on CD.


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