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Sony DTC-A6

Sony quietly dropped its Digital Audio Tape format in 2005, but it had long since been on the critical list. Indeed, the launch of the DTC-A6 in October 1996 saw the last important high end consumer DAT machine to come from

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Sony DTC-A6

Sony quietly dropped its Digital Audio Tape format in 2005, but it had long since been on the critical list. Indeed, the launch of the DTC-A6 in October 1996 saw the last important high end consumer DAT machine to come from

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Sony TC-K81

It’s hard to understate just how important Compact Cassette was as a format in 1979. The Long Playing record was now in the late autumn of its life – or so we thought – with ever more people buying pre-recorded

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Sony TC-K81

It’s hard to understate just how important Compact Cassette was as a format in 1979. The Long Playing record was now in the late autumn of its life – or so we thought – with ever more people buying pre-recorded

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The Sony Walkman story

To understand how the Sony Walkman story started, it’s important to know the man behind it – Akio Morita. Sony was founded in 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation by Morita and Masaru Ibuka, but Morita was the the

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The Sony Walkman story

To understand how the Sony Walkman story started, it’s important to know the man behind it – Akio Morita. Sony was founded in 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation by Morita and Masaru Ibuka, but Morita was the the

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

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Sony TC-K55/II

Sony made cassette decks from 1974 to nearly 2004. During those three decades, the machines changed enormously; they started as top-loading designs with small VU meters with slow ballistics, Dolby B and Chrome tape functionality, and little else. By the

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Sony TC-K55/II

Sony made cassette decks from 1974 to nearly 2004. During those three decades, the machines changed enormously; they started as top-loading designs with small VU meters with slow ballistics, Dolby B and Chrome tape functionality, and little else. By the

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Aiwa AD-2000

Apart from Nakamichi, few other Japanese names were so closely associated with cassette as Aiwa. Sony, JVC and Pioneer made some very fine examples of the breed, yet did other notable products too. Aiwa made a full range of equipment

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Aiwa AD-2000

Apart from Nakamichi, few other Japanese names were so closely associated with cassette as Aiwa. Sony, JVC and Pioneer made some very fine examples of the breed, yet did other notable products too. Aiwa made a full range of equipment

A Compact Cassette Revival?

Some people have been saying that cassette is due for a comeback for years. The thing is though, there are now some anecdotal – but actually quite telling – signs that the venerable Philips format, invented way back in 1963

A Compact Cassette Revival?

Some people have been saying that cassette is due for a comeback for years. The thing is though, there are now some anecdotal – but actually quite telling – signs that the venerable Philips format, invented way back in 1963

National Audio Company

” I was still a college student when my father and I began this business in 1969,” says Steve Stepp of USA-based National Audio Company. “One day a gentleman from Ampex Corporation, one of the major manufacturers of tape came

National Audio Company

” I was still a college student when my father and I began this business in 1969,” says Steve Stepp of USA-based National Audio Company. “One day a gentleman from Ampex Corporation, one of the major manufacturers of tape came

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Nakamichi BX-150E

Nakamichi Corporation was founded in Japan in 1948, the brainchild of tape magnetics research engineer Etsuro Nakamichi. The man was fascinated with tape, and in 1951 started manufacturing open reel decks for other hi-fi companies to put their own badges

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Nakamichi BX-150E

Nakamichi Corporation was founded in Japan in 1948, the brainchild of tape magnetics research engineer Etsuro Nakamichi. The man was fascinated with tape, and in 1951 started manufacturing open reel decks for other hi-fi companies to put their own badges

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Nakamichi CR-7E

1976’s 600 was the first affordable Nak. Being a cassette deck, few took it seriously at the time but those who did get to hear it, heard something seriously unexpected. Instead of Compact Cassette’s trademark broken, cracked, muffled warble, real music

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Nakamichi CR-7E

1976’s 600 was the first affordable Nak. Being a cassette deck, few took it seriously at the time but those who did get to hear it, heard something seriously unexpected. Instead of Compact Cassette’s trademark broken, cracked, muffled warble, real music

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Harman Kardon Hk1500

The comings and goings of corporate America don’t often intersect with the hi-fi world, but indelibly stamped Harman Kardon’s 1978 range. When company founder and CEO Sidney Harman was invited to become an undersecretary of the Department of Commerce in

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Harman Kardon Hk1500

The comings and goings of corporate America don’t often intersect with the hi-fi world, but indelibly stamped Harman Kardon’s 1978 range. When company founder and CEO Sidney Harman was invited to become an undersecretary of the Department of Commerce in

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Sony TC-158SD

Launched in 1976 at a non-inconsiderable £220, for a while this was Sony’s top portable stereo cassette recorder. It was intended for professional audio applications, but lent more towards the domestic home recordist than rival machines from the likes of Uher.

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Sony TC-158SD

Launched in 1976 at a non-inconsiderable £220, for a while this was Sony’s top portable stereo cassette recorder. It was intended for professional audio applications, but lent more towards the domestic home recordist than rival machines from the likes of Uher.

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Marantz DD-82

I remember the scene well. Tokyo 1991, Tower Records, Shibuya. At one end of the huge shop floor lurked two strange new hi-fi oddities. One was a Sony MZ-1, which was a small black MiniDisc portable. The other was a massive

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Marantz DD-82

I remember the scene well. Tokyo 1991, Tower Records, Shibuya. At one end of the huge shop floor lurked two strange new hi-fi oddities. One was a Sony MZ-1, which was a small black MiniDisc portable. The other was a massive

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The second age of Sony cassette decks

Sony set out its stall as a high end cassette deck manufacturer as far back as 1974 with the TC-177SD. A top loading, dual-capstan, three-head design, it was one of the most sophisticated machines around at the time, and presaged some excellent recorders

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The second age of Sony cassette decks

Sony set out its stall as a high end cassette deck manufacturer as far back as 1974 with the TC-177SD. A top loading, dual-capstan, three-head design, it was one of the most sophisticated machines around at the time, and presaged some excellent recorders

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Sony TC-K60

Costing Y80,000 (£300) in its native Japan when launched in 1978, this was a high end cassette deck with a difference. Indeed, for Sony it was an uncharacteristically clumsy attempt at bringing added convenience to the Compact Cassette format. The

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Sony TC-K60

Costing Y80,000 (£300) in its native Japan when launched in 1978, this was a high end cassette deck with a difference. Indeed, for Sony it was an uncharacteristically clumsy attempt at bringing added convenience to the Compact Cassette format. The

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Sharp RT-3151

Billed rather ambitiously as ‘The First Computer that Plays Music’, the Sharp RT-3151 (called the RT-3388 in the United States and Canada) was actually a fairly standard two-head, single capstan tape deck with an undistinguished permalloy record/reply head and an

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Sharp RT-3151

Billed rather ambitiously as ‘The First Computer that Plays Music’, the Sharp RT-3151 (called the RT-3388 in the United States and Canada) was actually a fairly standard two-head, single capstan tape deck with an undistinguished permalloy record/reply head and an

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Sony TC-K700ES

From the year that pre-recorded cassette sales overtook LP records, comes this swish black box. Whereas previous generations of flagship Sony cassette decks sported features that were once the stuff of dreams, the 1987 700ES brought nothing new to the party. It’s

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Sony TC-K700ES

From the year that pre-recorded cassette sales overtook LP records, comes this swish black box. Whereas previous generations of flagship Sony cassette decks sported features that were once the stuff of dreams, the 1987 700ES brought nothing new to the party. It’s

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B&O Beocord 2200

When launched in 1973, this was the top Bang & Olufsen cassette deck on sale. Costing £169.50, it was an extremely expensive design by the standards of that time. A typically slick Jacob Jensen creation, it looks crisp even by today’s standards – and from an early

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B&O Beocord 2200

When launched in 1973, this was the top Bang & Olufsen cassette deck on sale. Costing £169.50, it was an extremely expensive design by the standards of that time. A typically slick Jacob Jensen creation, it looks crisp even by today’s standards – and from an early

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Uher CR210

Most audio equipment is only intended for leisure use at home, so although accuracy and dependability are high on the list of ‘nice things to have’ they are seldom considered absolutely essential. There are other uses for audio products too

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Uher CR210

Most audio equipment is only intended for leisure use at home, so although accuracy and dependability are high on the list of ‘nice things to have’ they are seldom considered absolutely essential. There are other uses for audio products too