[access-uk] Re: BBC NEWS | Technology | Not long left for cassette tapes (I feel no pain)

  • From: chairman@xxxxxxxxx
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 23:19:27 +0100

Greetings Ray,

Whilst I agree the cassette has only a short life to live, I do not think
it will totally die.  I mean, the same has been said about vinyl and now,
the market in vinyl is certainly on the up at present.  There are new
turntables coming out according to both my own contacts in the business and
what I have been reading in the hi-fi press.

It was said 78 rpm would die, well, for the mass market, this has certainly
been true but there is still a large minority who regularly play at this

I believe the cassette will always be around in some form but as for the
mass market, yes, much simpler and supposedly intelligent systems are
likely to be much more in evidence.

Ray, I was interested to read in one of your messages of your recent
purchase of Nakamichi and Revox cassette equipment;  I have two Revox r/r
machines and three Nakamichi cassette machines.  I have two BX300E machines
purchased in 1985;  they've both now recently had new heads (about three
years ago), new transports (about the same time) and are on their third set
of motors but they've proved to be excellent workhorses, without masses of
bells and whistles but what they do, they do extremely well.

The third Nakamichi machine is the 680ZX which is a dual-speed machine, no
longer available due to court action, it was discontinued in 1982.  This
machine gives an extremely commendable recording quality far and away above
what might be expected at the slower 2.375cm/s and, in fact, setting up
properly, I have easily fooled a person who reckons to be an "audiophyl"
comparing the cd of Peter Herford playing the Sydney Opera House Organ in
Bach's Tocata and fugue in D, against a metal tape, no dolby, recording the
same piece at 2.375cm/s  and they've opted for the tape over the cd.  The
hiss level on cassette *can* be reduced substantially if you set the
machine up properly , use good and well maintained equipment (my 680ZX was
cleaned, demagnetized, fully up-to-spec, being just about at the end of
their production).  

I've heard some absolutely revolting computerized material, but then I've
heard some really fantastic sound too.

All the best


Colin R. Howard.
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