Cassettes - better than you don't remember

  • Published on Jan 31, 2016
  • In this *Beginners Introduction to Compact Cassette* - I'm using Metal Tapes and Dolby S for the first time to see if a cassette tape really can sound 'almost as good as a CD'. Useful links below - click SHOW MORE to reveal..

    eBay UK - Cassette Players
    eBay US - Cassette Decks

    If you are looking to buy the same model of machine I bought - the model is the Sony TC-S1 - this link will search for it on eBay UK
    However the TC-S1 is part of the Sony Scala system and some people list it under this - so this link will look for the Sony Scala on eBay UK

    Whatever eBay search you are doing - it's advisable to expand it to include the rest of Europe - the prices and condition are often better if you source a machine from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands etc.
    Don't just search for Dolby S - as often this spec is not mentioned in the title of an auction.

    I *bought* my blank Metal Tapes from here:
    They sold out long ago.

    Here's the video I mention at the end, about the LAST AUDIO CASSETTE FACTORY:

    If my video was too basic for you, don't complain, it's futile (the video has already been made and can't be changed now) - Instead you can head over to TAPEHEADS.NET and talk to the infinitely more knowledgeable people there about any tape related subject in detail

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  • NedSpindle
    NedSpindle 2 years ago +1187

    I remember comparing metal tape with Dolby S, to a CD, on professional equipment. I couldn't tell the difference. The cassette was perfected at the exact moment it became obsolete.

    • Alpha Omega
      Alpha Omega Month ago

      Get your ears flushed and give it another go.

    • Samuel Fellows
      Samuel Fellows Month ago


    • Eman Caindec
      Eman Caindec Month ago

      yeah. thats unfortunate.

    • john jusko
      john jusko 2 months ago

      @jreyman DOLBY S had problems with them on many of the top end cassette decks by PIONEER,SONY,JVC,MARANTZ,SANSUI and others they decided to return back to tape decks with both DOLBY B AND C or those encoded with DOLBY B then you hooked up a graphic equalizer to cut the pops and clicks off your record albums and wow its amazing how it does that.

    • Jim Marbaz
      Jim Marbaz 4 months ago

      If you'd had the chance to replay that cassette about 50 more times I bet you'd be able to tell the difference....

  • Joe Bristow
    Joe Bristow 11 months ago +247

    Cassettes somewhat forced you to listen to every song on the album. This is why I know so many good songs from the 80’s and 90’s that weren’t ever heard on the radio.

    • Twist n' Stomp
      Twist n' Stomp 2 days ago

      @Joe Bristow anything really, from pop to punk, hip hop, synth pop, all 80s is good.

    • Joe Bristow
      Joe Bristow 6 days ago

      @Twist n' Stomp what genre are you interested in?

    • Twist n' Stomp
      Twist n' Stomp 6 days ago

      Can you please share some of those songs I would really appreciate it.

    • Brendan R
      Brendan R Month ago

      Only if you were too lazy to get up and hit "stop." 😉

    • aljen
      aljen 3 months ago +1

      There have been several fully programmable tape decks on the market, usually with rather high price tags. Still, simple skipping tracks was features by many quality cassette decks; as far as there were enough gaps between the songs, this was working fine. If you didn’t like „Have a Cigar“ from „Wish you were here“, you had a problem ;)

  • Ted Logan
    Ted Logan Year ago +37

    As a poor kid in the 80’s , I didn’t even know there were options. I just bought what was available in my small town store. Thanks for the education on tapes. 😄

  • Keystone Day Trip
    Keystone Day Trip 11 months ago +177

    Back in the day , it was a normal sighting to see a mangled cassette tape laying along the side of the road , which was tossed out the car window in a fit of rage 😒

    • TheChickenGamerz
      TheChickenGamerz 4 months ago +1

      Free music!

    • Ash / Aiden
      Ash / Aiden 4 months ago +4

      Once in a long while I still see mangled cassette tapes on the ground, it's pretty strange

    • Jim Marbaz
      Jim Marbaz 4 months ago +5

      @Kazpar Zyxzpenualt Yeah, I loved playing Russian Roulette with not-insignificant chunks of my income. The _best_ outcome was that every time you played it, it was worth a little less.

    • Keystone Day Trip
      Keystone Day Trip 8 months ago +1

      @Kazpar Zyxzpenualt
      Mine too !

    • Kazpar Zyxzpenualt
      Kazpar Zyxzpenualt 8 months ago +7

      Those were the best days of my life!

  • Matt W
    Matt W Year ago +383

    1. Buy vinyl record
    2. Record it on a cassette.
    3. Listen to cassette
    I have dozens of pristine LPs that have only seen a needle a few times.

    • TrappenWeisseGuy ;
      TrappenWeisseGuy ; 17 days ago +1

      I did the same. I had a very good 3 head cassette deck and did most of my album listening on self recorded tapes.

    • nanchanger
      nanchanger Month ago

      @New York huh?? what I "think"? Haha, I spent years at the Seaport and 120 Broadway long before the Socialist wannabe DeBlowsio made it a crime ridden shithole again, only a libturd would say only hillbillies drive cars, duh...

    • New York
      New York Month ago

      @nanchanger trust me, it’s not what you describe. And I travel the world, thank you, by jet, I don’t like cars. Have fun cruising down the highway, hillbilly boy!

    • nanchanger
      nanchanger Month ago

      Not my fault you can't escape a Communist hellhole obsessed with silly mandates

    • New York
      New York Month ago

      @nanchanger dude, I live in often do you think I hillbilly ride down the highway?

  • LGR
    LGR 6 years ago +4734

    This has seriously become one of my favorite channels. Comfy, simple, thoroughly entertaining.

    • Kazpar Zyxzpenualt
      Kazpar Zyxzpenualt 7 months ago

      @Suzuki Halwende my grandpa used to say I cinn a mon walkin' down the street!

    • Railgap Esoterica
      Railgap Esoterica 8 months ago

      He's frustratingly hard to catch out in any errors. He knows his stuff but isn't the least bit snooty, he's more your good uncle / neighbor.

    • Cynical
      Cynical 11 months ago

      Kind of reminds me of that LGR guy on youtube

    • Walnuts and Beastiality
      Walnuts and Beastiality Year ago

      Where can I buy myew-sic on cassettes?

    • Electromaster Tech
      Electromaster Tech Year ago

      This aged well

  • Joe Blankenship
    Joe Blankenship 7 months ago +5

    Wow. That's pretty damn impressive. I never owned many cassettes. They were on the way out when I started buying music. But I think if Dolby-S systems and metal tapes had become more affordable, they truly could have given CD a run for their money. No skipping or scratching is a pretty big deal when you take audio quality out of the equation. Didn't help MD though, unfortunately.

  • Andrew Boush
    Andrew Boush Year ago +3

    Thank you so much for another excellent and informative video! From the late 70's through the early 90's I always had and used a cassette recorder in my component audio system, probably because my dad was an audiophile and I viewed it as a necessity of life. In 1983 I remember buying a couple of commercially produced cassette "albums" and being very disappointed with the quality of not just the tape, but the cassette itself, and the box it came in. Nearly every cassette I listened to back then was recorded by me from vinyl, and it was really clear that the cassettes you could buy to make your own recordings were of much higher quality than the pre-recorded ones. You've taught me a lot right here about cassette technology, and I must admit that at the time I often bought metal tapes, but I didn't really understand why they were better.

  • Gary Johnson
    Gary Johnson Year ago +2

    I love cassette recordings ! Great Fidelity for hard rock recordings. I have always been into hi-fi and ALWAYS hated Dolby use on playback ! I listen to music fairly loud through a Sansui amp with JBL loudspeakers. I purchased a hi-fi cassette deck ( Harmon Kardon ) and thought maybe that was the solution to getting great Dolby-C playback, but not so. Still sounded 'noticeably' better with the Dolby turned off. ---Disclaimer --- I have never tried Dolby-S.

  • Bloqk-16
    Bloqk-16 2 years ago +1

    Aside from making your own mix music tapes, the best thing I loved about cassettes was having an affordable audio recording format for doing radio airchecks of music and talk radio formats . . . as that was back in the era when there was no World Wide Web with podcasts that could be accessed for repeated listenings.

    My approach to recording radio was: 'Since I enjoy it enough to listen to it; then it is worth preserving it on tape.'
    I always found it peculiar that VHS-VCRs were immensely popular for TV viewers to record TV programs, but the same didn't apply when it came to radio broadcasts.

  • Nathan Boyle
    Nathan Boyle 2 years ago +1893

    The best thing about cassettes, and CDs too, was that when you bought a song or album you actually owned it.

    • Mark Blanch
      Mark Blanch 12 days ago

      @cannibaliowa and if they cease their service?

    • Sam Gotter
      Sam Gotter Month ago

      Yeah they can't take it down randomly like some streaming services I know *COUGH COUGH SPOTIFY*

    • Trashy Audiophile
      Trashy Audiophile 2 months ago

      Yup. It's not rented from a server. I remember if you bought a MP3, you got two downloads and then it's gone forever.

    • Narax
      Narax 4 months ago

      @Damian Watson uh-huh...

    • Damian Watson
      Damian Watson 4 months ago

      @Narax idc, you're dumb logic makes absolutely 0% sense.

  • Robert J. Holtz
    Robert J. Holtz 8 months ago +9

    I loved cassettes well into the emergence of CDs. That said, what won me over to the CD format was random-access play. That was the game changer.

    • Darin B.
      Darin B. 12 days ago +1

      @Jim Marbaz Yes indeed CD can be played a 1000 times and it sounds the same as the 1st play.

    • Darin B.
      Darin B. 12 days ago +1

      Couldn't beat the almost instant song selection and the clarity compared to cassette or vinyl (yeah try that while riding in a vehicle) it was tried with 45's but well it didn't go well or take off, playing records in the vehicle.

    • Jim Marbaz
      Jim Marbaz 4 months ago +2

      What won me over is, you know, the non-destructive playback.

  • Rick M
    Rick M Year ago +1

    I remember them from the early 70's. I bought my first machine I think around 73 or 4. The overall reliability has everything to do with the mil or thickness of the tape. The quality of the sound had to due with the metal type and the amplifiers used.

  • Cameron Whitaker
    Cameron Whitaker Year ago +1

    Love your video! I grew up at the very end of the cassette tape era.

    I was one of those people who thought that cassettes suck compared to CDs, but I could only afford cassettes...

    Took me a while to realize that cassettes can sound amazing! Back when I truly started getting into cassettes in the 1990s, they had already started to go downhill and were getting hard to find.

    Not too long ago, I found a Marantz single cassette deck for all of $10.99 at the local Goodwill thrift store. I brought it home and decided to have some fun with it. Didn't take much to get it running.

    I'll say that just recording some cheezy TheXvid audiophile records onto a NOS Maxell Type II cassette revealed just how good these things can sound, even without the appropriate equipment!

  • Hana Song
    Hana Song Year ago +1

    In my earlier years on earth, I owned some tapes. I'm sure I still have them stored away somewhere. Their quality was great. Like you mentioned in the video, I have also never experienced the tape getting sucked into the machine.

  • p5eudo
    p5eudo 5 months ago

    Such a fascinating look at something I took for granted in my childhood. I remember tuning into my favorite radio station and waiting, hoping my favorite songs would come on so I could record them on a cassette tape. I had cheap quality machines, for the most part. And I did encounter the stuck tape problem a few times.

    I do not miss seeing the messes of tape on the side of the road all the time. But I do kind of miss the joy of placing a cassette into a hinged slot, closing it, and pressing a big, fat silver/chrome button to play it. Well, kinda. Tapes were definitely cool.

  • Mike Day
    Mike Day 10 months ago +1

    I listened to cassettes for many years, and still own 2 high quality Yamaha decks. I rarely used the Dolby NR because (in spite of Dolby's good intentions) it always blocked out the higher frequencies. The hiss was never bad enough to bother me while playing pop and rock music.

  • ace mobile
    ace mobile 4 months ago

    Another sub from across the pond, the is GREAT content! 👍👍👍👍👍👍

    IMO the main feature CDs had over cassettes is being able to seek a desired track instantly. Differences in sound quality were largely undiscernable to the untrained ear, especially in mobile applications. CDs are a total pain in the rear to keep from scratching them up & the laser lenses get dirty so easily in mobile applications, not to mention tracking errors on rough roads. No such problems with cassettes, you can go run the Dakar route with 1 playing & not miss a beat.

    Those blank tape shells you're using look like the old Memorex designs... maybe that's what they are?

  • Alex Denton
    Alex Denton 5 months ago +1

    I am a collector of audio cassettes, so this subject is particularly touching to me. And I have to say that it's sad because you can find a lot of old bands, I myself have some rare tapes of The Doors etc. but for recent bands it's almost impossible, what's coming back in fashion is vinyl, it's really a pity. I love this little format in a cassette that reminds a little of VHS and as you said yourself the quality is very good.

  • Skrapeg0at
    Skrapeg0at 5 years ago +1060

    I remember when CDs first came out. My mom kept referring to them as "round tapes".

      READYTEDDYBEAR 12 days ago

      @Carl Germain No... I also had portable Sony CD player that was branded "Walkman" on it.

      Walkman is a Sony branding not a format. Started with cassette and was still being used on MP3 players. 👍

    • Erik R.
      Erik R. 3 months ago

      @electrictroy2010 People still say they're going to "drive" down the road when they've never handled a team of horses in their life.

    • Robert Dier
      Robert Dier 8 months ago

      I remembered them also. They sounded like shit

    • Martin Kuliza
      Martin Kuliza Year ago

      My mum used to ask me how many minutes can you fit on a CD, was it 60. 90 or 120

    • x Hades Stamps
      x Hades Stamps Year ago

      @CassetteMaster My dad used to think that.

  • nortin65537
    nortin65537 8 months ago

    I remember this very well (Dolby systems, calibration etc.). There was a HUGE difference between cheap and expensive system (recorder + cassette). No nearly inaudible difference like 320 mp3 vs FLAC :D

  • Peter Sterk
    Peter Sterk 8 months ago +1

    Years after you posted this video, I got my own Sony TC-S1. Pinch rollers needed replacing, but it is working superbly now. Thanks for recommending it!

  • Chris Byrne
    Chris Byrne Year ago

    I recently found your Techmoan You Tube videos and thoroughly enjoy them. I have been a "HIFI" nerd since the 60's and have grown up with a lot of these products. Watching your videos takes me back to those days. Thank you for that!. Just watched your Cassette video yesterday. I used to own a Pioneer CT9R machine and man that was a very good cassette recorder/player. It ranked very close to the Nakamichi Dragon for way less $$. I sold it on Ebay several years ago and now wish I had not. In my home we have everything from an old RCA Victor Victrola to high end SACD and DVD audio. I still have my Kenwood KD 2070, a professional Marrantz PMD 510, a Pioneer CLD D504 laserdisc player, a Sony Reel to reel, and a Pioneer DVD SACD/DVD audio machine all connected to a 7.1 Pioneer VSX D912. Speakers are Polk RM 7500 with a Cambridge Soundworks 12 inch powered subwoofer. Not super high end stuff at all, but sounds great!. I also have a 1965 Wurlitzer 1600 200 disc jukebox which works and was the last machine that you were able to see the record playing. I also have a Seeburg wallbox interfaced to an Ipod which controls the Ipod. Again thank you for the videos! Looking forward to more while we are all stuck in our homes!

    Be safe,

    Chris from Florida

  • Nerfbomb
    Nerfbomb 2 years ago

    I used to make mix tapes on an 8-track recorder. You had to time each of the 4 "blocks" out so that it wouldn't switch tracks mid song. Once cassettes came into prominence I used TDK-MA90's for just about everything. I still have almost all of my recordings that I made over 40 years ago and they still sound great! However, with the advent of CD's and then the push into digital/streaming formats those great cassettes are relegated to boxes. I'll still pop one out every now and then just to reminisce.

  • Crøst Dærgön
    Crøst Dærgön 2 years ago +395

    I'm 17. Upon getting a walkman from my mother, I decided to go wander on ebay and ended up buying a cassette of "Killing is my Business" by Megadeth. Then I listened to it and was pleasantly surprised with the audio quality.
    Yes, listening to a walkman comes with a few issues, such as static noises and low volume, especially while riding the bus (which I do everyday to go back home from school), it sure is a lot easier to listen to it at home while laying on the bed or working on the desk. But it feels like owning something special.
    I don't wanna be that one kid who says "I'm the only one who listens to good old music in the best conditions", because it'd be a lie to say I don't use Spotify daily too. But popping a tape in your walkman and forgetting about your phone for a little while does feel nice.

    Anyway, I grew an interest in cassettes and I've been looking for cassettes for pretty much every "old" band I like (Alice in Chains, Slayer, Korn, Metallica...). I'm currently waiting for a double order : "Powerage" and "Highway to Hell" :D

    • Freddie Boi
      Freddie Boi 4 months ago +1

      I’m 14 and I wanna get one

    • Axxon N.
      Axxon N. 5 months ago

      Good thing with tapes are you will never get the awful Megadeth remasters

    • Matty Elemental Sound LA
      Matty Elemental Sound LA 5 months ago

      You are awesome...tapes sound so easy on the ears... I just came up on a 1975 Marantz tape recorder / player . Super cool

    • THOOHT Official
      THOOHT Official 6 months ago +2

      @tearful smiles you’re probably right, I don’t have the original headphones I use a modern model

    • tearful smiles
      tearful smiles 6 months ago +2

      @THOOHT Official or sometimes the headphones. I remember the difference between stock headphones and my Koss TD-80 pair was insane!

  • Year ago

    I recently bought a Denon DR-M44HX player dating from 1985-87 from a seller on eBay and couldn't be happier with it. Great sound quality: even Type 1 cassettes with Dolby B from the early 90s - tapes I've owned for nearly 30 years - sound incredibly good. It really does help hammer home the point that what makes a recording sound good isn't so much the medium (cassette vs CD vs vinyl vs digital) but rather a combination of two factors: (i) decisions made by recording engineers during the mastering process, and (ii) the quality of the playback equipment. On (i) I'm also planning to pick up a graphic equalizer, which I'm hoping will help take the edge off a number of albums I have on CD that were recorded at the height of the loudness war, and are therefore subject to quite noticeable high frequency clipping that at even moderate volumes can make them pretty harsh to listen to. Anyway, for now I'm incredibly pleased that I can listen to the albums I own on cassette again, as well as the (no doubt embarrassingly bad - I haven't tried yet) radio shows I recorded back in the day when I worked on university radio.

  • ANdy
    ANdy Month ago

    This is great, thanks… I can actually see a point (use case) personally, even if it is esoteric.. I’ve tried to use cassette before for a processing effect in the studio (to crapify the sound, but it was just too crappy due to a dilapidated machine). However I had much more success with microcassette (that was solely for the microphone compressor- I stole that from another much more accomplished engineer).. I might pick up a Dolby S recorder next time I’m in Japan.
    Really thankful for this video, might read up more on Dolby NR. I grasp the noisefloor concept but pretty interesting. Might also poke around on the bias used, another interesting subject.
    Thanks 🙏🏽

  • David Henry
    David Henry 5 months ago

    *Ah yes, I remember cassette tapes.* I had Nakamichi tape deck with Dolby A/B and usually bought Maxell metal tapes. It was a way to record playlists from LP's, for long car trips or vacations. I wouldn't call cassette systems the best for critical audio listening, but for recording it was the best choice. I always found the cassette tapes audio, sounded compressed or limited compared to vinyl.

  • Tan Jian Wei
    Tan Jian Wei Year ago

    I totally agree that Cassette tapes sounded really really good. I have my own collection that is mostly type 1 some type 2s. When I play back some of them my parents can't even tell the difference between CD and cassette tapes! Love this format!

  • Jon Davis
    Jon Davis 2 years ago +207

    I still remember the nerdgasm I got when I bought a reeeally nice walkman that supported dual direction cassette playback and AM/FM radio and had metal/chrome playback type switch and a bass boost and had really handsome technical aesthetic design. I was on the bleeding edge of high tech.

    • Joseph Contreras
      Joseph Contreras Year ago

      I got a Sony walkman with a amfm radio and bass boost from the free box at a estate sale.

    • Northwest Time
      Northwest Time Year ago

      Same feeling I got in 1983 when I bought a new Aiwa Hs-po2MKii in a nice brushed aluminum red. Still have,needs a new belt though.

    • Andrew Boush
      Andrew Boush Year ago

      Was it yellow? The best ones were yellow and had all the corners rounded off. I can practically hear Kim Carnes.

    • Scott Bing
      Scott Bing Year ago +1

      I had a really nice aiwa $200 walkman. It could record and came with a little stereo Mike.

    • Kevin Montgomery
      Kevin Montgomery 2 years ago +2

      @Nathaniel Williams He is probably talking about a Panasonic Unit. People called a the portable players Walkman, Like people will ask for a Kleenex, when they mean a facial tissue. Akai made the best. IMHO

  • Ze Carlos
    Ze Carlos Year ago

    Muito obrigado pela sua exposição,poderia um dia falar dos equipamentos que traziam o.... gravador/leitor de cassetes. o prato de discos e o radio? Aqui chamavam-se monoblocos.Tive e ainda o conservo em excelentes condições,tem um qualidade interessante mesmo,trazia colunas de vácuo e tinha além de Dolby System um outro botão (Beat cut) para devolver agudos que o Dolby corta ,acho bastante interessante,o modelo era excecionalmente bonito e com uma qualidade muito boa.O modelo em questão é o Sanyo G 6001 se puder falar acerca destes equipamentos era extraordinário,como alias o seu canal também é,parabéns pelo seu magnífico trabalho ,nota máxima para si!!!!

  • Mike Oldroyd
    Mike Oldroyd Year ago

    I remember buying an album on cassette in the 1980s. Someone I knew played the recording they had made of the same album, copied from a CD onto a higher quality metal cassette. Their pirate copy sounded better than my original. Such a pity that many in the record industry saved a few pennies on quality cassettes and undermined the case they were making at the time that illegal copies were of inferior quality.

  • X
    X 2 years ago +3

    Great hearing that test. I wish they had have installed Dolby S on multitrack recorders. Both the Yamaha mt8x and Tascam equivalent had a pretty lousy DBX. Hiss was part of the art but it could also be a pain in the ass. Anyway, thanks for the nostalgia.

  • RRedline
    RRedline 11 months ago

    A very nice video! Back in the days, I really enjoy playing cassette tapes. In that way, you really have to play (and often started to enjoy) every songs on that tapes. I still have some high quality Sony Chrome tapes, recorded with some hit songs, with the help of my friend's recording equipment and original cassettes.

  • Oliver Shearer
    Oliver Shearer 6 years ago +98

    Just writing a comment to say how much I appreciate your videos! I really have learnt a lot about audio and various other things from the content you produce. I remember playing with tapes when I was very young, that would have been the early 2000's and I enjoyed it. I'm very impressed of the quality you can get from tapes, I had no idea! I look forward to whatever you have to show us next!

    • DoDi DJ
      DoDi DJ 6 years ago +2

      +v1ncn7 you recommend us to go and visit Manchester????

    • Senjaya Xiera
      Senjaya Xiera 6 years ago +4

      agree!! this video really unique and educative.

    • v1ncn7
      v1ncn7 6 years ago +7

      +Oliver Shearer I agree, Techmoan always uploads quality content. I am glad to have found his channel and I am glad I have visited Manchester and it's shopping centre Arndale myself. :D

  • Lowrider2905
    Lowrider2905 Year ago

    Had a Panasonic portable 20 years ago. Loved it, and it has (still have!) an awesome quality. Last one that was produced, then it was replaced by portable CD players.

  • George MiLo
    George MiLo Year ago +7

    I’ve been an audiophile since the early 80’s. I always made my mix tapes on chrome, TDK or Maxell brands. Those normal bias were noisy as heck.

  • Brendan White
    Brendan White Year ago +2

    I remember buying pre-recorded tapes that said they where Chrome (type II) tapes, but to be played in Type 1 position due to the biasing. I didn't notice any difference with these in terms of quality over normal Type 1 tape.

  • MrCrepers86
    MrCrepers86 Year ago

    Growing up recording to tape either from radio to tape, tape to tape, and cd to tape, I never realized there was a difference between the tape types when it came to recording. I also never had any high end recorder. I mean my parents would just buy what was on the shelf. Your videos are teaching me a lot on considering what I want to do. I want dub my record albums preferably to cassette. As I want to have a portable copy of my analog collection. I am considering a mini disc recorder now as well as it was one of my favorite formats. Even my new records. That came out in the past year.

  • Naa
    Naa 2 years ago

    Cassettes are amazing in their simplicity. They truly solved the "home audio" problem and are "good enough" for almost anything. Nowadays we listen to sound not noticeably better, even worse sometimes because of compression and poor recording standards. If not for flash/HD devices, tapes would still have a niche now.

  • Nick Zwar
    Nick Zwar Year ago

    Very much enjoyed this video, used to do this with Casssettes all the time, and recorded (from LP or later CD) onto (Metal or Chrome) discs. Yes, Cassette tapes could sound pretty good in their day. I bought my last tape deck as part of a stereo system some time in 1997. Since even then I only listened to CDs, it's hardly used, so as far as wear on the heads is concerned, it's practically "new" (for a 23 year old tape deck anyway, it's played a few cassettes for a few hours in all those years at the most). So I got a "new" Technics Tape Deck from 1997 (Dolby B/C) to play with. Though yeah, there is obviously no point to do that other than to enjoy doing it and testing and working with a by no obsolete technology.

  • Panglos
    Panglos Year ago

    I used to record all my albums to cassette, mainly using type II CrO₂ (typically Maxell UD-XLIIS or TDK SA-X) with Dolby C, so that wear on the albums themselves (and resultant hiss, pops and clicks) was minimised. It worked well, and I ended up with around 1200 albums on around 600 90 minute cassettes, plus live material from plugging into soundboards.
    Switching to type III ferrichrome or type IV metal cassettes didn't make much difference. Dolby S was a small improvement to an already-good noise reduction scheme. By then digital was burgeoning, so few of my cassettes were encoded with it.
    People used to marvel at the quality of the sound coming from those cassettes. (It helped that I never did simultaneous comparisons with source material.) Most of all, being able to transport and play material repeatedly in a variety of stationary and mobile settings, with no significant degradation of quality-as long as you cleaned and demagnetized your tape equipment regularly-was very satisfying. We would have _drooled_ if we had been given a preview of what devices the size of a single cassette tape can do today.

  • Kent Doyle
    Kent Doyle Year ago

    As a 47 year old man I'm definitely in the category of having grown up with tapes. But I can honestly say that I do not miss tapes at all, and dumped them at the first moment that something better came along. My biggest complaint was not so much the tapes themselves but with the machines that played them. Too many moving parts and things that could wear out and fail. Also the fact that the tape physically rubbed against the head meant that the tapes wore out after continued use. They were better than records, which I had a little bit of experience with, but the later compact disks were far superior.

  • fisqual
    fisqual 5 years ago +92

    I remember researching cassette decks to DEATH when I was about 11 because portable CD players still skipped! I saved my allowance furiously and spent $220 on a really nice Sony model with Dolby S. ...I remember forcing my friends to listen to how good the Dolby S sounded but none of them were weird enough (like me) to care. It really was remarkably good though.

    • InflatablePlane
      InflatablePlane 4 years ago +5

      I found a dbx tape deck for $7 at a thrift store and the dbx NR blew me away. I payed more for damn metal tapes than I have for any of my playback machines lol.

    • MrTruth111
      MrTruth111 4 years ago

      We believe you!!

    • Silvio Fernandez
      Silvio Fernandez 5 years ago


  • Isaac Bennet
    Isaac Bennet Year ago

    Hey Techmoan, I run a small record label and we always make cassettes instead of CD's and the reason is that people don't play CD's either these days but tape seems like a novelty to them. so if you include a free WAV or FLAC download with the tape, they sell way better than CD's!

  • aljen
    aljen 3 months ago

    I still have two or three cassettes branded by „THAT‘S“, which were by far the best compact cassettes I ever had used (and I used to own hundreds of them). The headroom of the THAT‘S tapes was incredible, these tapes seemed to abolish the laws of physics. With just Dolby C HX Pro on a 3 head Technics deck, no one could tell the difference between cassette & CD. I never experienced a „Bandsalat“ (tape jam), neither. Not even in my first car radio/cassette player, which was not really Hi-Fi.

    Keeping the capstan, heads etc. clean was the key, along with choosing cassettes of good quality.

    I hardly bought commercial pre-recorded cassettes, though; those were AFAIK more prone to defunct. (The only pre-rec cassettes I ever bought were some obscure bootleg recordings or illegal underground production from the European countries under Soviet occupation during 1980s, and these fellows usually asked to send them an empty cassette for recording.)

    In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was also into home recording with a Tascam Porta Two multitracker, which was also using compact cassettes and dbX NR. Having been on budget back then, I was usually re-using the master tapes after bouncing to stereo. The metal tapes were fine with it. (The only reason why I do not upload my former productions is not their technical quality, but rather the musical one: there were hardcore noise synth experiments…)

  • tyothius z
    tyothius z Year ago +1

    Thank you for a very thoughtful video. The cassettes years ago were always confusing and the store clerk(s) knowledge was never any help.

  • Armand Di Meo
    Armand Di Meo 2 years ago

    Cassette tapes sound good compared to many digital formats. I also have many cassettes from the 1980s and 1990s that still sound very good. A tape recorded from vinyl on good equipment can sound remarkably good. The downfall of the format was lousy pre-recorded tapes. Although CDs surpass cassettes in frequency and dynamic range, a well recorded cassette can sound more natural than a CD.

  • Clint L
    Clint L 3 years ago +2153

    Cassettes had a Side A and a Side B, so it’s logical that the successor is the CD ;)

    • EX::PG Retail
      EX::PG Retail 4 months ago

      Never thought of it that way!

    • Polydeukes68
      Polydeukes68 4 months ago

      @Jonas Thesén In Finland its CD-levy and I am sure you cannot guess what levy means? Yeah, so its Compact disk disk in Finland too. 😂

    • jeronimo MYS
      jeronimo MYS 5 months ago

      @Quabledistocficklepo 2k people clearly seem to think so

    • Matthew Scott
      Matthew Scott 5 months ago

      Never thought of it like that. Good observation.

    • pxlDSiLz
      pxlDSiLz 6 months ago

      *Electronic File*

  • Mike Cummings
    Mike Cummings 11 months ago

    I remember using a pencil to wind them back I if they unraveled, sometimes after that they did not sound the same as in parts the music sounded distorted. You could also record on pre recorded cassettes by taping the holes up. For walkmans you could buy manual tape winders to save the batteries. There was also a cartridge system known as eight track, these tapes were in a single loop with four sections an channels on the player it's self. Bigger than standard cassettes, there was also reel to reel tape an recorders. The eight track also had a recordable machine made by Akai that used a glass X tall head.

  • Jens Kühne
    Jens Kühne Year ago +1

    Tree heads have a second advantage: The gap in the head is optimized for the specific issue. To playback high treble (15kHz upward) you need a small gap in the head, but for recording you need a recording heads head with a wider gap, otherwise you don‘t get enough magnetic energy to the tape. So with separate heads you can optimize them for both issues.

  • The Scripflip Network
    The Scripflip Network 5 months ago +1

    The only downside to tape is that it can degrade over its use. Video especially looks worse over many playbacks. However, tape can have better fidelity than vinyl and whatnot if you're using the right type with a good source being printed. These days, its nice to not have to charge these things. Until my cassette tape player in my car started locking up, I spent many years playing lots of cassettes in there. All of my rare prince music was dubbed to cassette and I loved those mixes.

  • Robert Cuny
    Robert Cuny 10 months ago

    During the Covid lock down, I retrieved cassette tapes from decades of storage to play on equipment purchased in 2017 - 2018 from thrift stores. Recordings I made from LPs and off the air broadcasts on type II sound wonderful when played through my now upgraded audio components! I don't dispute that the Type IV tapes will produce better results but do wonder - in practical term - how much better they may sound vs. a quality brand Type II - unless I spend extravagant amounts of cash for elite class components. I enjoy your consumer technology videos; especially the items I have either never seen or had an opportunity to use.

  • yellowdog
    yellowdog 4 years ago +91

    I admitelly recently bought a sealed metal tape out of curiosity, a Sony XR 60 (wasn't too expensive, but not cheap either), recorded some tunes that I consider "benchmark tracks" with it with dolby B on (no C or S on my deck), holy hell you weren't kidding. It's 98% indistinguishable from the source material, and dolby B is already good enough for me.

    • Fergus
      Fergus 2 years ago

      @Just Another TheXvid Channel I'm not too sure that's a good idea, 720p just doesn't look good on youtube, looks fine when it isn't crippled by compression but youtube kills it. Man I'm fine with shitty MP3 recordings and mobile phone dacs and amps but I'd get annoyed at a 720p video on youtube.

    • Jari
      Jari 3 years ago +2

      Metal recordings age - anyway mine did they start to sound worse and loose pitch after only weeks but still sounds better than normal or chrome and dolby is just bad - in the beginning of dolby you could hear a pumping sound even with dolby C occasionally - for me the magic was ferrochrome which didn't age as metal but had same dynamic range

    • garethonthetube
      garethonthetube 3 years ago +7

      Dolby sucks if the deck isn't calibrated because it exaggerates frequency response errors. Dolby B is affected less than Dolby C because it has less gain. Self calibrating decks are the only way to get the best out of Dolby. Pro studios used Dolby A which is way more sophisticated

    • Joseph Bennett
      Joseph Bennett 3 years ago +1

      I agree, Mr normie x.

    • AntPDC
      AntPDC 3 years ago +2

      + normie Exactly.

  • Michael Parks
    Michael Parks 2 months ago

    In you A/B test at the 18:50 timestamp, you can see a small volume difference between the tape and source. Due to the way human hearing works, a small volume difference will be perceived as a quality difference, not a volume difference. Try setting the volumes exactly the same and having someone else flip the switch (to make it a blind test) and you might be surprised to find you cannot tell which is which. Also, you were using an inexpensive machine with one record/play head which compromises the sound. Recording requires a narrow-gap head while playback requires a wide-gap, so a single head has to be a compromise which also compromises the final sound quality. This is not meant as a criticism, I understand why you chose the machine you did, it's just a comment that if you could barely hear the difference in your setup, using a three-head machine in a true blind A/B comparison would most likely result in no perceptible difference at all.

  • IamMagPie
    IamMagPie 10 months ago +2

    Thanks for making and sharing this video. I just realised I have become an old man. I grew up in the 80s, and making mixed tapes, recording my fav songs from the radio, or copying my friends tapes was part of my life. The best part was working my way through my parents collection of tapes. This is how I discovered The Beatles, who are still my favorite band. This winter I am going through my boxes and I have set up my PHILIPS 900 stereo system. It still works great, and I have just started making mixed tapes with 80s music. The reason is because I have bought a 1982 Corvette, and it has a tape recorder. Come summer, I will be cruising down the road in an 80s car, listening to 80s music, played on 80s equipment.

    • IamMagPie
      IamMagPie 10 months ago +1

      @Fintan O'Clery Thank you. I wish you a great summer too. All the best, greetings from Norway.

    • Fintan O'Clery
      Fintan O'Clery 10 months ago +1

      @IamMagPie enjoy your summer, cheers!

    • IamMagPie
      IamMagPie 10 months ago +1

      @Fintan O'Clery Thank you - yes I agree. I have dreamt about one for ten years, so when I go the chance to buy a nice one, I did. Looking forward to the summer this year :-)

    • Fintan O'Clery
      Fintan O'Clery 10 months ago +1

      Those C3 Corvettes are beautiful.

  • Coolcat Johnny
    Coolcat Johnny 2 years ago

    I still have my Sony TC-WE605S Dual Cassette deck. It has Dolby B, C, and S. Nice things about S was that you could play it back on a non-S deck, much like you could with B (as opposed to C which would sound somewhat distorted). I used all types of cassettes but mostly stuck to quality ferric or chrome. I used metal only for my favorite recordings. Metal tapes are harder on tape heads. The tape heads on such decks were typically of higher build & materials quality.

  • The Callaway Kid
    The Callaway Kid Year ago

    What a great video👍🏻, I used to record a lot from the radio (mainly BBC - essential mixes) and Ferro is all I could afford back in the day and always wondered about other tape quality and weighing up was if worth it. Further more each mix was 2 hours long so 120 min was essential!

  • CaiophoneBA
    CaiophoneBA Year ago

    So nicely explained. I grew up un the eighties and still have boxes of cassettes. As a musician recording in a portastudio with TDKs SA was THE experience. Great channel. I totally subscribed. Thank you.

  • Michel de Vries
    Michel de Vries 10 months ago

    A well recorded cassette tape played back on a good quality tapedeck still sounds a lot better a cheap cd player with bad digital to analog converters, which applies to most of them. Not to mention the amount of error correction that takes place in cd players (this is why you can still play a badly scratched cd) that we might not hear, but we do perceive it. And if we compare the average mp3 to cassettes then the cassette wins easily. Lossles files played back on a device with good quality DA converters does obviously sound better than tape, but again : most modern playback devices (phones) have crappy converters, and in that case: tape wins again!

  • Jachin Rivers
    Jachin Rivers 8 months ago

    Coming from someone who grew up in the 80's and 90's, cassette sound quality wasn't really an issue, sure CD did in fact offer better sound, but the convenience vs durability were more of a consideration, especially in vehicles. Cassettes could take a beating, didn't scratch, had sturdier cases, and generally were very reliable. CD's on the other hand didn't last as long because they would always accumulate scratches, regardless of how careful (dust, accidental drops or just defects). On the other hand, CD allowed skipping to various tracks, and didn't require flipping. Don't get me wrong, love digital media, but tape had some merit.

  • Michael Levine
    Michael Levine 10 months ago

    My first and last high end system I bought played my lp's on the direct drive technics lp player and cartridge, recording to Akai cassette recorder using an external dbx encoder. Great analog reproduction at home, cd's seemed to miss that "ambiance quality" sound. We used to say the cd sound was too clean!

  • Harry Tuttle
    Harry Tuttle 2 years ago +174

    I remember sitting by the radio waiting on my favorite songs and I would make a mix tape , I'd call the radio station and request songs too . if the tape broke , I'd open it up and repair the break with scotch tape , putting it back together was a challenge . good times . I miss MTV's Head Banger's Ball on Saturday nights and all the new Metal videos were coming out .

    • James Koralewski
      James Koralewski Year ago

      Recording from the music played by an old radio station was not a great idea. The broadcast music was modified by the broadcasting radio station to improve their coverage. First, they modified the original music and then you modified it again by putting it on tape. By the time you captured it to your cassette tape, it was a far cry from the original music created by the original recording. Nowadays, with CD quality broadcasts like Sirius and HD Radio you would have a much better chance of success. They start out broadcasting at CD quality so your final results should be much better. There still is the common problem of knowing exactly when the song you wish to record will be played on the radio station.

    • Rasheed Khan
      Rasheed Khan Year ago

      Speaking of hacks there's a spring loaded pad under the tape to press it against the playback head. I remember raising the pad slightly in order to increase the levels and clarity.

    • j freed
      j freed 2 years ago +3

      It was so bad I recorded from a mono clock radio speaker to a small cassette recorder with a plastic microphone. I loved music and for years I never had any decent recording and playback system, it was such a big deal to finally have tunes in my bedroom!

    • Juliodax
      Juliodax 2 years ago +1

      I have the same experience with broken tapes and the scotch tape

    • Ashstrodamus1
      Ashstrodamus1 2 years ago

      Charlie "The Butcher" Kendall from Metalshop. Discovered and recorded so much metal from that radio show.

  • Terry Turner
    Terry Turner Year ago

    I just made two mixtapes yesterday. I used a TDK High Bias 90 minute tape. Recorded on my Kenwood Cassette Deck. They sound great. I also have a Sony Walkman I bought new a few years ago. Probably the last one Sony made. Sounds pretty good to me. Plus...artists are putting out their music on cassette again.

  • Snorre Milde
    Snorre Milde 2 years ago

    I really enjoyed this. I spent a lot of time in the 80s with pro cassette gear in studios, and their reputation is far worse than what they deserve.

  • Altair
    Altair Year ago

    I still have mt Sony TC-K555 tape deck. It had very good reviews back in the day. It played all the varieties of tape, including metal. Lots of bells & whistles. It sits gathering dust along with my Sony STR-VX750 receiver. Both, taken very good care of but haven't used in a long time. Any interest, contact me.

    EGPMH 2 years ago +2

    I still have all my cassettes, as well as some of my Dad and Stepdad’s cassettes; there are cassettes dating back from the mid 70s all the way to the late 90s, then again I got my parents and grandparents records from the 50s to the 80s as well. I do love old tech, new tech is great and all but sometimes that old sound is better.

  • ForrestBob
    ForrestBob 4 years ago +123

    Gotta be one of my favorite Techmoan vids!
    I was born in 1997 and only remembered cheap tape on a cheap boombox, so I was really excited when I got my first CD when I was five
    But about a year ago I got my driver's licence and inherited an old Ford Taurus with a working tape player, and having seen this I thought, why not give it another go? Plus, I had been collecting music on vinyl and found it much easier to copy them to tape with the equipment I have, and I must say, I've never had so much fun listening to old music in an old car.
    Shame all my dad's old tapes are wore beyond recognition

    • K. Hall
      K. Hall 2 years ago

      God I'm old.

    • Mike Scott
      Mike Scott 3 years ago

      I used to use a cleaning tape on car decks. Look for a "wet" one.

    • Mike Scott
      Mike Scott 3 years ago +1

      Not indestructible, but sturdy. Regular cleaning of the mechanism is required, and the car decks were notoriously hard to clean. I used to use a

      Similar story, I found a tape player in my '97 pickup.

      After 10 years of owning it.

      Right there in the dash, below the radio, above the CD player.

      Probably needs lube by now, it did try to eat a tape after a few successful plays.

    • scaleop4
      scaleop4 3 years ago

      very good decks, i am using at the min a Yamaha kx-650 it was made back in 91..sounds really good to.

    • Mogshade
      Mogshade 3 years ago

      Great memories x 😊

  • Scott Ziegler
    Scott Ziegler 11 months ago

    I've never dealt with anything other than the standard, prerecorded type I cassettes. But yesterday, I picked up a stack of jazz concerts that someone had recorded on type II cassettes. I'm amazed at how good they sound played through my stereo. Need to find some metal tapes.

  • David Haney
    David Haney Year ago +1

    cassette is awesome , i have 2 amazing players , Teac c3 and a Technics 631 , i have a Sony 229 also but I`m working on that , i also use a Studer A810 and Revox G36 reel to reel , I`ve been a tape tech now for more years than i care to remember and still love repairing and calibrating tape machines . Tape is by far the best sounding media out there . BTW dolby / DBX and all other kinds of NR SUCK , so you lost me there .

  • Ralph111417
    Ralph111417 Year ago

    Glad to hear someone sticking up for cassettes. I had a Nakamichi Tri Tracer and a Tascam 122 MKII back in the day and ran them with no noise reduction on TDK Super Avlyn tape. They sounded great!

  • BeesWaxMinder
    BeesWaxMinder 3 days ago

    I remember recording a music session with my band at High Speed on a ‘THATS Metal for Chrome’ using DBX on my well cleaned & maintained 4-Track.

    I mixed down onto a Band Mate’s DATmachine… he was quite the AudioPhile yet couldn’t believe that the session was NOT recorded straight to DAT!

    The Quality of this tiny, analogue format was Still That Good 👍

  • Turd Ferguson
    Turd Ferguson 5 years ago +25

    I'm 22 and when I was little my dad had a walkman and lots of tapes. I remember going on road trips and listening to Black Sabbath and Metallica on cassette. I loved cassette, I preferred it to CD because it didn't skip and like you said, never had any tapes get stuck in the machine. Early portable CD players were honestly terrible compared to portable Cassette players.

    • Age of Doom
      Age of Doom 4 years ago +1

      Turd Ferguson your daddy is a cool dad


    Dear Techmoan, Thank you so much for your video and all comments to the Sony tape deck! I really love you! This is incredible. I have bought me the Hi-FI SONY TC Scala range and I do not want to hear anything else. Also all your comments to cassettes have widen my knowledge horizon very much! I am collecting boomboxes from the 80s and have suddenly began to understand so much about cassettes, as never before. Thank you again! I wish you so much success, your channel for the electronics is the best ever on you tube and best I have ever seen. Many thanks again! Ilja

  • papercut
    papercut 8 months ago +3

    Im 18 years old but I still used my grandma's cassettes when I was little... Old technology is just so much nostalgia for me...

  • Brett Archinal
    Brett Archinal 9 months ago

    I bought albums. For the first play, I recorded them on Metal tape usually with Dolby B or S. Then put the record away. 80% of my records have only been played a few times because I listen to the tapes. When they wore out or were damaged I pulled the record out and made another tape. I still have most of the tapes and they still play great.

  • Baked Alaska
    Baked Alaska 8 months ago

    I enjoyed this video.

    I'm lucky enough to have one of those aforementioned top-of-the-line tape decks with Dolby-S, auto-calibration, 3 heads and other goodies. It makes recordings that are virtually indistinguishable from the original source.

    I record vinyl records to it so that I don't have to flip sides. It serves a purpose after all :)

  • Frits van der Holst
    Frits van der Holst 11 months ago +1

    I did pull out my old Denon direct-drive cassette recorder/player after being stored for 20 years or so. Got my cassettes. Hooked it up to a Pro-quality audio interface onto my notebook and was honestly surprised about the sound quality I got. Dolby C but still.
    And the Denon cassette recorder that did cost me a fortune back then (like 35 years ago) still worked perfectly (some head cleaning was about it).

  • Paul Smith
    Paul Smith 10 months ago

    I still use cassettes in 2021 to record my records on.
    I have a 80's portable tape deck with the needles outputs.
    Its just wonderful to listen to brings back happy memories for me.

  • M5000
    M5000 Year ago +2

    I'd do this to just have some fun recording modern MP3s onto tapes to be played in my 1990 car with a tape deck. Sure it's not as practical as an aux to tape adapter, but something about working within the confines of a 90 minute tape or whatever to create a mixtape is kind of fun.

  • MisterNewOutlook
    MisterNewOutlook 2 years ago

    The one thing I noticed about my old cassettes was that several of them sounded "bassy" and not very clear. They were stored in a cool, dry place for 25+ years. My parents didn't move or touch any of my old stuff I left at their house and everything was in boxes exactly the way I left it for all those years. I moved on to CDs concurrently with the magnetic era phasing out in the early 1990s. I have a good tape deck still, but many of those old tapes just didn't have crystal clarity.

  • Justin BentRails
    Justin BentRails 5 years ago +235

    Now I'm going to transfer all of my digital music over to cassette tape and rock it old school style. *And* I'm going to do it the proper way; by playing my music on one stereo, as I hold the cassette player up to its speakers and hitting record. All while forbidding anyone around me from talking or making any noise once I hit record. Ah, memories...

    • Paul Davies
      Paul Davies 2 years ago +1

      Just don't put your cassettes on or near your speakers the magnets in them can erase the recording

    • Liam Musgrove
      Liam Musgrove 3 years ago +1

      i do the same recording Macrovision DVDs to VHS tapes using a camcorder. The VCR inside the camera doesn't work, so i have to hook it up to the home VCR via A/V cables.

    • Patrick Harris
      Patrick Harris 4 years ago

      Gosh - that brings back memories!

    • Amelia Wilmot
      Amelia Wilmot 4 years ago

      ToMMy BoY it's the best way to do it

    • tochi forexdigger
      tochi forexdigger 4 years ago

      reversal time

  • John-Giovanni Corda
    John-Giovanni Corda 11 months ago

    I am soooo happy that I still have most of my cassettes since 1980. They can HOLD UP over the decades and sound as good as they ever did. And having a Nakamichi BX300 to play them back on doesn't hurt.

  • TheLlama
    TheLlama Year ago

    This video was super interesting to me because I was born the year before cassettes became obsolete, so I didn’t really learn anything about them growing up. Its strange hearing about a technology that completed its whole lifespan just after I was brought into this world.

  • TheLlama
    TheLlama Year ago

    This video was super interesting to me because I was born the year before cassettes became obsolete, so I didn’t really learn anything about them growing up. Its strange hearing about a technology that completed its whole lifespan just after I was brought into this world.

  • Ringwe
    Ringwe Year ago

    My cassettes were usually stuck when I used them on walkmans that had near empty batteries. Oh, and a mini player I had which I now realise I never ever cleaned inside, actually I treated that machine so badly it's a surprise it didn't fail all together. I love the convenience of digital music but I still think it was much easier to record whatever, whenever with the casettes. Also making sound collages was easier: taping radio over/after music, over/after natural sound, copying as much as I wanted from one cassette to another without opening apps, in some respects technology has gone decades ahead, but in some others it has gone backwards in practicality.

  • gast128
    gast128 2 years ago +195

    Finally somebody who explains all those options on my cassette decks from 30 years ago.

    • SSGA_tgbuddy
      SSGA_tgbuddy Year ago

      And none of the encyclopedias...what we had before wikipedia... before Google...hell before the internet...
      As I said, none of the encyclopedias would tell us these things

    • Jimmy M
      Jimmy M Year ago +1

      Where was this guy 30 years ago dammit! :) I still find it funny even hearing all these youtubers from other countries, when I think back to those days in the 80's England could have been on another planet because it seemed so far away. No longer the case.

    • Kort Kramer
      Kort Kramer 2 years ago

      I know, right?

    • Vann Junkin
      Vann Junkin 2 years ago +5

      We sure didnt know what all that crap was at the time.. but of course now that it's 30 years later I officially have the patience to learn..

  • Robert Owen
    Robert Owen Year ago

    i remember that i would use the Dolby option of my Walkman for a tape recorded in Dolby for a while, but would then switch it off as the tape got degraded and started to become a bit dull. Metal tape was great though and would last a long time. I now have a Sony Walkman a55 with a 256gb sd card in it and have over 1500 hi res songs on there. As much as I loved tape back in the day, progress has made life my easier for listening to music

  • Wooshey Comics NOW!
    Wooshey Comics NOW! 2 years ago

    I can’t explain how comfortable I feel on this channel. Good humor, and knowledge. Thank you!

    Edit: HUGE cassette collector. But its soo hard to fix without messing up to the tape. How do I convert a tape to another cassette housing without it falling apart!? Please! Lol

  • Dolphin Hates Hats
    Dolphin Hates Hats Month ago

    I had the technics competitor to that dolby s deck, and yea the quality in those little units at the time was pretty amazing for the money, well worth grabbing one while you still cam

    I kept the speakers from that unit too, about 18" high with 6" polymer cones, beats my 80's technics 3ft floorstanders with 10" cones! Amazing little speakers..... the Sony unit had ones that sound almost identical.

  • Bill Adams
    Bill Adams 2 years ago

    I was born in 1979, and I can say this: cassettes were great for their economy (they were cheap and virtually indestructible), but the sound quality remains the worst of any format I can remember. There is warmth in vinyl and consistent clarity on Compact Discs, but cassettes were a dog of a format, in both of those cases. Cuing them up for an individual song was a pain (says the kid who used to have to do precisely that for elementary school dances and other sorts of public events), the sound was thin, inconsistent and surprisingly fragile-seeming. Growing up through the indie-rock Eighties and alt-rock Nineties (cassettes were great for selling off merch tables at concerts), cassettes did certainly serve a purpose but they were simply a means to an end - get music to listeners and win them, then use that introduction to get them to shows (meat in the seats). Someone trying to contend that cassettes were a great medium for sound are fooling themelves.

  • danehb89
    danehb89 5 years ago +7

    We were still listening to cassettes in Australia well into the early 2000s, mostly because they were still cheaper than the CD versions as said in the video. Pretty crazy when you think about it because CDs are just slapped out pieces of plastic but cassettes are many pieces of plastic and moving parts.

    I never bought many tapes personally but I definitely owned a Greenday and an Offspring album. Tapes were used a lot in school for educational material as well as fun activities that were set to music and whatnot. CDs were becoming common for this purpose but we were still using a lot of tapes into the early 00s. They were also used for school projects that required recording interviews and that sort of thing. I remember using an early cheap MP3 player that I got for my birthday for this purpose around 2006.

    I recorded a lot of music and interviews from the radio onto cassette, using I'm sure the cheapest tapes available on my cheap CD/cassette stereo. That was really the only way to listen to songs you liked at leisure without having to go and buy it yourself unless you happened to have fast enough internet to pirate an MP3, which I didn't in my rural town. I guess today's equivalent is listening to an uploaded version on TheXvid instead of using an official streaming service or buying a digital copy.

    I didn't know about all these different types of tapes and that the noise reduction could be so dramatic. Being such a retro thing now, it's the hiss that people actually want, rather than want to remove!

  • monetize_ this
    monetize_ this Year ago

    I still have one of the very first incarnations of the TDK SA-90s with the dark blue spine which has a corner hinge. The tape is perfectly fine after 36 years. (it did suffer a very brief snag but I caught it just in time to save it from disaster)

    Car stereos were the worst culprits for chewing tapes.

    I have most of my tapes, but only a dodgy ghetto-blaster left with which to play them on.
    I won't risk it.

  • Brandon Callahan
    Brandon Callahan Year ago +27

    As a reasonably young person, I'm still amazed that I went to school with people that have never seen or don't even know what cassettes are (in the grade I was in, and grades below me).

    • Brandon Callahan
      Brandon Callahan 2 months ago

      @Tuna Burnak Same here but 2002 instead, if you can afford it, hifi equipment is an amazing hobby to get into. I just bought a Kenwood KA-5700 from 1978 and I couldn't be happier.

    • Tuna Burnak
      Tuna Burnak 2 months ago

      @Brandon Callahan Honestly I think growing up listening to cassette tapes (and vinyl for me, I'm an '07 kid) was absolutely worth it. Probably sparked my interest in older music, electronics and mechanics

    • Brandon Callahan
      Brandon Callahan 2 months ago

      @SkyRocket Automotive I've felt the same way about the same thing, maybe growing up poor and with 20 year old tech wasn't too bad after all XD

    • SkyRocket Automotive
      SkyRocket Automotive 2 months ago

      I know it's been a year but reading your comment reminded me of someone referring to a floppy disc as a 'save logo thing' a while ago, blew my mind 🤣

  • ferox965
    ferox965 2 years ago +1

    As a music consumer, I was happy to see them go. Glitches, getting eaten, worn out...I couldn't make the transition to CD fast enough in the early 90s. As far as sound quality, I have tinnitus from playing gigs so being an audiophile is out for me. I'll continue with CDs until I don't have a choice. Cassettes are largely a hipster market these days.

  • Cody Shive
    Cody Shive Year ago

    Excellent channel, conversational approach, and Matt does his homework. Well done!

  • Kort Kramer
    Kort Kramer 2 years ago

    Back in the 80s I made tons of mix tapes. I started recording off the radio, but then moved on to recording from tape to tape or from vinyl. Later I recorded from CDs. Metal tapes excelled at this. I never realized at the time though that Type I was best for bass and Type II was best for treble. You couldn't beat the dynamic range of a Metal, Type IV tape though. There were lots of details I never realized about Dolby Noise Reduction and more. Thanks for this.

  • Tan Jian Wei
    Tan Jian Wei Year ago

    Being honest. I own lots of Type 1 & 2 tapes. Those are pre-recorded too. Those cassette tapes sounded excellent. Sounds really good compared to CDs.

  • just_b
    just_b Year ago

    I just loved the portability and durability. Always had a handful at the bottom of my school bag. In the mid to late 80s it was the only thing us kids had anyways. Plus being able to record was a great way to capture a good song off the radio or the much beloved mixed tape.

  • Matt Mc
    Matt Mc Year ago

    I know the type 1 three packs tapes really varied. I remember one brand kmart sold in the 80s when you played it back it sounded like someone was dying. And that was every pack, it wasnt just one bad batch. I'm not even kidding when I say 1920s music sounded better in fidelity. But then again I bought about 5 three packs from dollar tree 20 years ago and...they all still work today. Some sound loss of course but even now they sound 10 times better then those other ones. My uncle introduced me to type 4 tapes he used those to record his cds in the 80s as there wasn't much to fix them then if they skipped. Those metal ones sounded amazing.