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Offline Retrotube

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Great cassette comeback - anyone?
« on: May 11, 2016, 21:09 »
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1909742/great-cassette-comeback-dead-technology-gaining-new-lease-life

Quite interesting to catch this story of format comeback. But do we still have a working cassette player deck to relive the 70/80s era?

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2016, 21:33 »
Nice to see this catching on.

btw, for those interested, please catch the coming Prince re-issue:-

http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-news/prince-cassette-reissues/

Good sounding vinyl in your collection
http://www.hobbyisit.com/category/good-sounding-vinyl/

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2016, 23:55 »
My opinion.. It's romantic and cool to have for the curious. But for serious "audiophile" sort of frequency range that we accustomed today, the typical home cassette tape system had never able to attain. Please correct where needed. Due to the cassette inherent engineering limitation I estimate the frequency range 30hz to 14khz +- 3db typical, which might suit single fullrange speakers for vocals. For serious analog audiophile tape romantics, forget about cassette but can consider open reel system. Though a PG, I have listened to, but I had never owned an open reel tape player to enable me say more.
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Re: Great cassette comeback - anyone?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2017, 07:10 »
why is it so dam  hard to obsoleted this turning pieces of equipment ?

https://youtu.be/_sBBaNYex3E

https://youtu.be/cYLQytuZ4KA

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 13:02 »
I still keep an old 3 head closed loop dual capstan cassette deck around as I'm too attached to it to get rid of it. Not even sure if the belts will still be operable. Cost me a bomb new 27 years ago
I have a pile of stuff that pushes out squiggly waveforms from smaller squiggly waveforms that sometimes come from 1's and 0's.
It's wonderful to behold as long as you don't let the magic smoke out.

Life is short! Enjoy the music while it plays, when it stops, there might be a chair for you...or  maybe not.

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2017, 14:01 »
I rem those days Nakamichi brand sibei popular

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2017, 15:48 »
I rem those days Nakamichi brand sibei popular


I remember those days taxi sound system si chap cheng.

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2017, 15:51 »
I remember those days taxi sound system si chap cheng.
Ya I ever sat 1 taxi uncle say his sys sa chap Cheng Wa play Teresa teng music Sibei bright ah but taxi uncle say clarity and v detail he ask me can hear Teresa swallow saliva bo.

Nakamichi Dragon those days gor Cheng I think.

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2017, 16:28 »
Ya I ever sat 1 taxi uncle say his sys sa chap Cheng Wa play Teresa teng music Sibei bright ah but taxi uncle say clarity and v detail he ask me can hear Teresa swallow saliva bo.

Nakamichi Dragon those days gor Cheng I think.

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How come ask you,  should  ask  Jacky Chan Ma. ;D
why is it so dam  hard to obsoleted this turning pieces of equipment ?

https://youtu.be/_sBBaNYex3E

https://youtu.be/cYLQytuZ4KA

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2017, 16:30 »
How come ask you,  should  ask  Jacky Chan Ma. ;D


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Re: Great cassette comeback - anyone?
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2017, 10:37 »
This reminds me I still have a top model aiwa 3 head cassette deck and around a thousand pcs of original metal one time copy only metal cassette tape recorded on Dolby C. Will bring them out and clean and try playing them soon. Hope it haven't turn to dust yet those tapes : )

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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2017, 10:48 »
Did you know that aiwa make some of the best sounding cassette deck during her golden era ? I tested and used many brand cassette deck during then late 70s and early 80s. Nakamichi sounded best. But because of its unusual azimuth only cassette tapes recorded on naka will sound good when play back on naka decks. Taped recorded on aiwa decks can be play on most other brand decks and it will sound good. Generally aiwa have better high frequency extension than other cassette decks during those days : )

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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2017, 21:46 »
Allow me few moments off-topic...
I've used a miniature digital tuning Aiwa FM pocket earphone radio for more than 18 years. Excellent reception till sudden death and not repairable, so discarded. Amazing miniaturized surface mount discrete components & ic's and powered by a single AA 1.5v battery, very long battery life. I think the model DR03 as what I remember. Paid S$100 for it then. Kicked myself when I discovered that Mustafa sold it for $80.

In its long audio product history Aiwa had been bought by Sony at one point. Aiwa brand owner is now a USA company.
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2017, 00:33 »
Would DAT be able to capture the essence (prat, ambience, immediacy, etc) of Vinyl?
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2017, 11:44 »
DAT was a good format but unfortunately it's not supported by the music industries.

Cassette is a dead format, unlike vinyl, because of disappointing sound quality compared to open reel.

Would DAT be able to capture the essence (prat, ambience, immediacy, etc) of Vinyl?