The greatest consumer cassette tape deck ever produced?*

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  1. vwestlife

    vwestlife Member

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    New Jersey, USA
    That's what you get with the generic Chinese cassette mechanism that is being manufactured these days. Tascam's specs aren't any better than that of a $100 ION or Pyle cassette deck using the same mechanism.
     
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  2. john morris

    john morris Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but not good three head models. There is one at my local mall. A dubbing deck with only Dolby B. And they are not built as well as they used to. Back in 1985 I had an Hitachi $170 machine that was built like a tank with VU meters. Even at that price it was well built. Made a lot of good tapes on those. But I miss my Nak 581. I loved her..
     
  3. john morris

    john morris Well-Known Member

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    Did you say 50 - 12 500hz!? Even the cheapest $100 machine back in 1980 could do better than that. This is more of the frequency response of a 8 track cassette unit. No, they are better than this. How can they put this piece of crap on the market? I purchased a Sony cassette deck (new) a few years ago. It's no Nak but it makes a pretty good tape. And it has B and C. I have a lot of band demos on cassette (don't ask).
     
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  4. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    None of the cassette deck makers will dust off their state-of-the-art cassette deck designs and crank up production again unless they see clear signs that cassette tape is making a massive comeback ...
     
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  5. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

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    Can't see that happening. I think for people getting into it is just a novelty.
     
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  6. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Strongly :agree:
     
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  7. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Well-Known Member

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    Tucson, AZ, USA
    I started reading this thread so I walked over to see what cassette player I have in my living room system (a JVC TD-V621) and decided to start listening to some of my collection of .25 thrift store cassettes.

    Thanks

    Chad

    Not my actual player.

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  8. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    CT, USA

    Not too shabby?
     
  9. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

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    Italy
    C'mon guys, you are overdoing it! You almost convinced me to look for a cassette deck in 2017, again! No way... who knows...
     
  10. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    Back to the past. It is so nostalgic ... :righton:
     
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  11. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

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    Don't tell me this, I used to swim into my sea of cassettes, any brand, any type, any colour...
     
  12. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    And you had a few iconic European-made cassette decks?

    Philips, Telefunken or Grundig? How about a Tandberg?
     
  13. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

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    You got it, my first real love affair was a Philips stereo cassette deck. I had some mono light sex before with Sanyo, but I was a kid then. Growing up I met Pioneer but after that I really became adult with TEAC.
     
  14. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Well-Known Member

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    Tucson, AZ, USA
    It's a good player. I got it at Goodwill for $14.99. I passed it by at first because it was JVC and I was more familiar with their lower end stuff. On second thought, I decided that it looked pretty good and Googled it. After I read up on it I decided to stick in my cart and buy it.

    Chad
     
  15. DRM

    DRM Forum Resident

    This thread has taught me that many photos of great cassette decks can be posted...but a true knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of analog cassettes, cassette decks, and their capabilities elude some people.

    And that's fine.
     
  16. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident

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    USA
    JVC has some outstanding top of the line decks in their latter cassette deck days.

    The JVC TDV 1010 and TDV 1050 were probably their best ever decks, both were excellent.
    JVC TD-V1010 - Manual - Stereo Cassette Deck - HiFi Engine

    JVC TD-V1050 - Manual - Stereo Cassette Deck - HiFi Engine


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  17. Hymie the Robot

    Hymie the Robot Forum Resident

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    Since your above it all you surly won't mind if I ignore you forever...bye.
     
  18. nosliw

    nosliw Well-Known Member

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    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    And here's my current tape deck, the Technics RS-B605:

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  19. DRM

    DRM Forum Resident

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  20. DRM

    DRM Forum Resident

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  21. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    You are unquestionably the Mr. JVC. :righton:
     
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  22. coopmv

    coopmv Newton 1/30/2001 - 8/31/2011

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    CT, USA
    Philips cassette decks were hard to find in the States back in the day, used or new ...
     
  23. john morris

    john morris Well-Known Member

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    Toronto, Ontario

    Oh really? Well, we shall see about that. I have a plan. I will protest. I will eat chocolate pudding endlessly until the cassette is returned to it's former glory. And if that doesn't work I will take the letter "Y" hostage. I understand it's sometimes a vowel.

    Seriously though. O.k. I don't expect new cassette machines to be 20hz - 20Khz +-3db and have a wow and flutter rating of 0.05% but 50 -12 000hz +-4db and 0.3%?!! They don't need to bring out their top models to avoid this ultra-low spec shenanigans.
    If they can't manage at least 40 - 15 000hz +-3db and 0.08%, then they shouldn't even bother.
     
  24. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident

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    USA
    It wouldn't matter as the transports in these cheap pieces of junk render the deck useless anyhow.
     
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  25. john morris

    john morris Well-Known Member

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    Toronto, Ontario
    JVC....Now that's a company that knew how to make cassette decks.
    MFSL modified 100 mid priced JVC cassette decks and used them for years to make their famous 1:1 Chrome Dolby B tapes.

    See the exert from the interview below...

    "...As we slogged through the re-engineering of the candidate decks we started feeling a bit overwhelmed. The task looked hopeless. Then, one day, I opened up a KD A77 JVC deck. It was a mid priced unit but lo and behold it had a 15V power supply. Whoooopeeee. It could drive full swing from the wider bandwidth LF353 op amps we were replacing 4558's with and could punch the bias where it needed to be. Those changes and a few other little things and we had the ultra hotrod recorder of our dreams. They weren't super at playback but man oh man, could they print a mean signal..."
     

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