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(Some Guy)   Sony to cease manufacturing some kind of device called a "cassette recorder" in 2013   ( en.akihabaranews.com) divider line
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2016 clicks; posted to Geek » on 08 Dec 2012 at 9:19 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-08 10:59:44 AM  
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2012-12-08 01:49:49 PM  
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Found this image of a Muntz 4-track cartridge:

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Yep... a lot like the broadcast cart, only the 4-track had a lot more tape on the hub to accommodate an entire album.

Speaking of obscure formats, try the RCA tape cartridge on for size.

Or how 'bout Sony's failed "Elcaset"?

Wire recorders sounded like a joy to use.
2012-12-08 01:09:13 PM  
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John Buck 41

I always found it, well, ironic isn't the right word but...somethingsomethingsomething that broadcast carts looked so much like 8 tracks.

LOL. Just spotted your post.

Yeah, the 4 track cartridge evolved from the broadcast cart & the 8 track evolved from the 4 track. The big reason 8 tracks sucked is because you had 8 super thin tracks squeezed onto the width of the tape, and the wow & flutter was horrible because unlike broadcast carts & 4 tracks, the pinch roller was in the cartridge rather than the machine. And the pinch roller was a small plastic roller on a plastic pin with a larger rubber roller over it. (if you were lucky) It wasn't precision to begin with, but what made it worse, was when the plastic wore from friction, you'd get rough spots that would cause flutter. 8 tracks just plain sucked.
2012-12-08 12:33:21 PM  
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"Just because something isn't cutting edge doesn't mean we don't still need it."

Yep. I have an entire dresser (and then some) of prerecorded cassettes, many of which were never issued on CD. I need something to transfer them to digital. So I have a stockpile of 8 cassette decks, all nice machines & all dirt cheap these days. 2 Onkyos, a Kenwood, a Technics, a Realistic, 2 3-head Tascam broadcast decks, and a Nakamichi 3-head, which is my favorite.

Oh goody... I see we have a format war going on in this thread... Fact is, all formats suck, and they're all awesome. Except 8-track, which just sucked.
2012-12-08 12:27:07 PM  
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Does anyone else remember using a cassette recorder to save their files on?
Yes it was the days before floppies.
My first: Texas Instruments TI-99/4A

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2012-12-08 11:49:28 AM  
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MFAWG: FirstNationalBastard: Isn't there some kind of hipster movement that drones on about the superior sound of cassette tapes?

No, because cassettes sucked. Vinyl and reel to reel do not.

Limited dynamic range, bass mixed down to mono, wow and flutter, etc. Vinyl is an archaic medium that people cling to because they misunderstand sampling rates and bit depth.
2012-12-08 12:59:08 AM  
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CSB time:

Back in the mid 80s while in college, I worked for Radio Shack.

I sold a guy one of their first portable CD players, and, just so he could play it in his factory 8-track equipped mid-70s Cutlass, a headphone-out to cassette adapter, and a cassette to 8-track adapter.

It worked so well he tipped me with a bag of some really good shiat.
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