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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Gawd knows why if that's true. I don't like the things. I seldom want to record anything anyway, but I'd sooner rely on my trusty MiniDisc deck, which sounds far better than any cassette deck I've ever come across.
    Yep. I didn't like them even when everyone had one and they were the only form of portable music... They just don't cut it as a decent hi fi source IMO. The best I've heard, and for which I'll make an exception, was the Nak CR7E which is simply in another class to all others IMHO.
    I have a couple of up market Tandbergs (about 600 new in 1980!), a cheaper two head Tandberg and a NEAL 103 which needs a new pinch roller (the British NEAL is actually very good! For a cassette deck).
    It must be 10 years or more since any of them was switched on....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clifford.T Ward View Post
    There is a revival but I don't think it is quite for the reasons some people think.It is that young people find the idea of cassette technology tendy at the moment and as such that has brough others back to the idea of using them as a sound medium
    Yeah it'll be hipsters thinking it's retro-trendy

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    I have a Sony Pro Walkman and the smaller version too.

    Both are/were excellent and made fine recordings, mainly compilations for the car. In fact, the only way I could listen to some early cds was by recording them to tape which seemed to take some of the harsh edge off those disks.

    However, when I took up long term posts in Africa in the mid to late 90s I realised I had to shift to recordable CDs. If you leave a cassette in the car in Namibia, even if the car is under shade, you end up with an unplayable stringy mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clifford.T Ward View Post
    Yes Tanberg made some nice machines too.
    Never seen one, except photos.

    Yes Teac decks aren't bad. Re Nak's yes some are overrated but the CR5, CR7 and Dragon aren't in my view, they are about as good as tape got in regards to the machines I have heard, played with.
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    The Trio decks were good.... I still have mine and it's a corker.

    I still have a cassette player in my car... no CD or any of this wifi linkup pish which seems much more complicated than a single slot CD or a cassette IMO - lol Proper old skool.

    I like cassettes but I couldn't get back in to them seriously, I did try a year or so back but I just never had the passion for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalek Supreme D L View Post
    Never seen one, except photos.

    Yes Teac decks aren't bad. Re Nak's yes some are overrated but the CR5, CR7 and Dragon aren't in my view, they are about as good as tape got in regards to the machines I have heard, played with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalek Supreme D L View Post
    Never seen one, except photos.

    Yes Teac decks aren't bad. Re Nak's yes some are overrated but the CR5, CR7 and Dragon aren't in my view, they are about as good as tape got in regards to the machines I have heard, played with.
    Tandbergs cassettes are pretty good. Even look good imv. Might not be the match of other formats, but it has a pretty decent sound. Nostalgia never did anyone any harm
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    That sinking feeling you'd get as the music seemed to go inverted for a moment before dying and then splicing the thing back together with cello tape. Cassette should probably stay dead.

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    I bought a Nackamichi 581 with a NR 200 noise reduction unit new in 1982 from Unilet in south east London.
    I had it serviced twice in all that by B & W as they were the Nakamichi agents. The machine was a 3 head unit a first class machine as with earlier units the transport were made in alloy unlike the latter ones in plastic. A very good machine sold it last year to a guy in Norway he told me he had 16 Nakamichi machines !

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