Category Archives: tape

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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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Aiwa XD-S1100

It might seem routine these days, but the idea of recording digital audio on to a computer hard drive was the stuff of wonder thirty years ago. And even two decades back, it was only for big budget techno-whiz producers like Trevor

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Aiwa XD-S1100

It might seem routine these days, but the idea of recording digital audio on to a computer hard drive was the stuff of wonder thirty years ago. And even two decades back, it was only for big budget techno-whiz producers like Trevor

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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