Category Archives: tape

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Braun TGC 450

The exact moment that Compact Cassette came of age can be endlessly debated, but it would be easy to make the case for it being around 1975. At this time a number of key factors came together: the standardisation of

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Braun TGC 450

The exact moment that Compact Cassette came of age can be endlessly debated, but it would be easy to make the case for it being around 1975. At this time a number of key factors came together: the standardisation of

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Akai GXC-310D

A true museum piece, this! It hails from a time when Akai was a highly respected Japanese tape recorder specialist, selling the world’s most popular open reel (the 4000DS, of course). The company also had designs on the fast-growing Compact

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Akai GXC-310D

A true museum piece, this! It hails from a time when Akai was a highly respected Japanese tape recorder specialist, selling the world’s most popular open reel (the 4000DS, of course). The company also had designs on the fast-growing Compact

the Nakamichi story

Compact Cassette, launched back in 1963, is not famous for being a respectable high fidelity music carrier. Thanks to its low (1 7/8 ips) tape speed and tiny track width, it never wowed the world with shimmering sonics, although the

the Nakamichi story

Compact Cassette, launched back in 1963, is not famous for being a respectable high fidelity music carrier. Thanks to its low (1 7/8 ips) tape speed and tiny track width, it never wowed the world with shimmering sonics, although the

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Sony TC-229SD

Sometimes a design is just right. Perfection is achieved when the designer puts in just the correct amount of features and quality, then wraps the whole lot up in a decently styled package. This was very much the case with the Sony

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Sony TC-229SD

Sometimes a design is just right. Perfection is achieved when the designer puts in just the correct amount of features and quality, then wraps the whole lot up in a decently styled package. This was very much the case with the Sony

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Nakamichi 480

It’s easy to think of Nakamichi as a purveyor of frighteningly expensive esoterica. Thanks to its much vaunted Dragon and MusicLink ranges, the company achieved legendary status. Like Luxman, MacIntosh, Revox or Goldmund, its marque enjoyed guilt-edged, twenty four carat gold-plated

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Nakamichi 480

It’s easy to think of Nakamichi as a purveyor of frighteningly expensive esoterica. Thanks to its much vaunted Dragon and MusicLink ranges, the company achieved legendary status. Like Luxman, MacIntosh, Revox or Goldmund, its marque enjoyed guilt-edged, twenty four carat gold-plated

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ALBA 2200

When you say “British hi-fi”, you automatically think of Linn, Naim, Rega, Cyrus, Creek – companies that came to the fore in the nineteen seventies and eighties. For older audiophiles, the names that acquired their cachet in the sixties like Quad, SME,

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ALBA 2200

When you say “British hi-fi”, you automatically think of Linn, Naim, Rega, Cyrus, Creek – companies that came to the fore in the nineteen seventies and eighties. For older audiophiles, the names that acquired their cachet in the sixties like Quad, SME,

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Sonab C 500

The depth and breadth of nineteen seventies hi-fi was considerable. We all know about the rise of the major Japanese marques, but there were plenty of other continental European brands growing too, alongside the last gasps of British manufacturers like Garrard and Leak. Bang & Olufsen arguably

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Sonab C 500

The depth and breadth of nineteen seventies hi-fi was considerable. We all know about the rise of the major Japanese marques, but there were plenty of other continental European brands growing too, alongside the last gasps of British manufacturers like Garrard and Leak. Bang & Olufsen arguably

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Pioneer D-07A

As its name suggests, Pioneer has often played a leading role in new formats and technologies. In the nineteen seventies, it came up with some cracking turntables, from 1974’s PL-12D budget deck right up to 1978’s PL-L1000 high end parallel tracker. Its

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Pioneer D-07A

As its name suggests, Pioneer has often played a leading role in new formats and technologies. In the nineteen seventies, it came up with some cracking turntables, from 1974’s PL-12D budget deck right up to 1978’s PL-L1000 high end parallel tracker. Its

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Sony TC-152

One of the most widely available classic Sony portable cassette decks, TC-152s seem to pop up from under every stone! That’s because they’re hardy little things, rugged enough to keep on working down the decades. When launched in 1974 it brought

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Sony TC-152

One of the most widely available classic Sony portable cassette decks, TC-152s seem to pop up from under every stone! That’s because they’re hardy little things, rugged enough to keep on working down the decades. When launched in 1974 it brought

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Aiwa AD-1250

The late nineteen seventies was a frantic time for mass market hi-fi; things were moving so fast that many Japanese manufacturers struggled to keep up. This state of affairs resulted in a number of oddball models such as this, which were almost obsolete before they

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Aiwa AD-1250

The late nineteen seventies was a frantic time for mass market hi-fi; things were moving so fast that many Japanese manufacturers struggled to keep up. This state of affairs resulted in a number of oddball models such as this, which were almost obsolete before they

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the Elcaset story

In Japan, Sony has traditionally been regarded as one of the country’s great innovating companies. Co-founder Akio Morita once said that if Sony didn’t actually invent a technology, it would at least be the one able to translate it into something

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the Elcaset story

In Japan, Sony has traditionally been regarded as one of the country’s great innovating companies. Co-founder Akio Morita once said that if Sony didn’t actually invent a technology, it would at least be the one able to translate it into something

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Bang & Olufsen Beocord 8000

Compact Cassette, lest we forget, was a convenience medium. But it was a medium on a mission – to displace open reel as the world’s most popular recording format, and to do that it had to sound good. That’s why

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Bang & Olufsen Beocord 8000

Compact Cassette, lest we forget, was a convenience medium. But it was a medium on a mission – to displace open reel as the world’s most popular recording format, and to do that it had to sound good. That’s why

the open reel story

  Sound recording was tricky before tape. You only have to look at Thomas Edison’s cylinder phonograph recorder from 1877 to see how crude it was. Ten years later, Emile Berliner’s direct-to-disc recording system appeared, but was also far from

the open reel story

  Sound recording was tricky before tape. You only have to look at Thomas Edison’s cylinder phonograph recorder from 1877 to see how crude it was. Ten years later, Emile Berliner’s direct-to-disc recording system appeared, but was also far from

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the Compact Cassette story

The story starts in August 1963, when Dutch electronics company Philips displayed a prototype of a small cartridge of magnetic tape designed to work in highly compact players that could be battery operated and taken anywhere. It was reversible, and

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the Compact Cassette story

The story starts in August 1963, when Dutch electronics company Philips displayed a prototype of a small cartridge of magnetic tape designed to work in highly compact players that could be battery operated and taken anywhere. It was reversible, and

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Sony TC-177SD

Sony’s breathtakingly expensive TC-177SD was a bold product for 1974. Described as, “the most sophisticated cassette deck ever developed”, it boasted something that not even Yamaha’s beautiful ’ski-slope’ TC-800GL had – three heads. This had previously been the sole province

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Sony TC-177SD

Sony’s breathtakingly expensive TC-177SD was a bold product for 1974. Described as, “the most sophisticated cassette deck ever developed”, it boasted something that not even Yamaha’s beautiful ’ski-slope’ TC-800GL had – three heads. This had previously been the sole province

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Akai GX-625

Back in the nineteen seventies, Akai was a mighty brand, catering for discerning buyers of tape recording equipment. In the cassette field, it wasn’t quite up in Nakamichi territory, but its top decks weren’t far off, and one look at Akai’s reel-to-reel

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Akai GX-625

Back in the nineteen seventies, Akai was a mighty brand, catering for discerning buyers of tape recording equipment. In the cassette field, it wasn’t quite up in Nakamichi territory, but its top decks weren’t far off, and one look at Akai’s reel-to-reel

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Sony TCD-D3

For keen amateur recordists everywhere, 1992 was a special year. In the diminutive shape of the TCD-D3, Sony introduced its first ever DAT portable, offering better-than-CD quality digital recording on the move for under £600. Contrary to popular belief though,

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Sony TCD-D3

For keen amateur recordists everywhere, 1992 was a special year. In the diminutive shape of the TCD-D3, Sony introduced its first ever DAT portable, offering better-than-CD quality digital recording on the move for under £600. Contrary to popular belief though,

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Sony WM-D6C Walkman Professional

Sony’s WM-D6C Walkman Professional cassette recorder is a vast, brick-like thing compared to any modern music portable. At 180x90x40mm, it’s crazily cumbersome by contemporary standards – rather like an eighties mobile phone compared to the latest iDevice. But when you

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Sony WM-D6C Walkman Professional

Sony’s WM-D6C Walkman Professional cassette recorder is a vast, brick-like thing compared to any modern music portable. At 180x90x40mm, it’s crazily cumbersome by contemporary standards – rather like an eighties mobile phone compared to the latest iDevice. But when you

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Yamaha TC-800GL

No cassette deck has ever been an oil painting, but early examples of the breed were particularly nasty to look at. Seventies top-loaders, with their controls scattered haphazardly were fussy and unergonomic to use, while front loaders looked brash and

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Yamaha TC-800GL

No cassette deck has ever been an oil painting, but early examples of the breed were particularly nasty to look at. Seventies top-loaders, with their controls scattered haphazardly were fussy and unergonomic to use, while front loaders looked brash and

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Nakamichi 600

Back in 1973, Compact Cassette was still viewed as a mere convenience medium, designed by Philips a decade previous for dictation purposes only. The idea that it could offer real hi-fi performance was laughable. Serious tape users had Revoxes – specifically

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Nakamichi 600

Back in 1973, Compact Cassette was still viewed as a mere convenience medium, designed by Philips a decade previous for dictation purposes only. The idea that it could offer real hi-fi performance was laughable. Serious tape users had Revoxes – specifically