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Old 11-11-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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maybe I'm just old, but I love my cassettes I'm not a fan of[disks]I just pop the ol cassette in the player and I'm happy, who's with me?
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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Not since better mediums became readily available.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:35 PM   #3
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I do collect cassettes, but only from my favorite artist.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:44 PM   #4
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I loved cassettes until about 1993.
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:42 PM   #5
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The only positive thing about cassettes was the Walkman (which ate batteries) and car stereos. Cassettes themselves were awful, pre-recorded ones were duplicated at high speed and sounded worse than taping the vinyl onto a decent grade of blank. In recent years I've been transferring my bootlegs and radio recordings to the computer. The good quality TDK metal tapes are still working after thirty years but the low grade ones stretch and shed oxide. Fortunately my old tape deck is doing well, its a pity no one makes good quality decks any more. Simply plugging my old Aiwa walkman into the PC sounds better than the cheap rubbish from China.
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:46 PM   #6
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I have two shoe box-size storage cases full of cassette tapes. Most are from my childhood, but some albums I picked up at used music shops several years ago out of nostalgia. I also have a third box with tapes of random stuff I recorded myself. I still had a working cassette player until my last stereo went out earlier this year. I couldn't afford to buy a brand new one, so I'm currently using a stereo/CD player my brother had laying around. Doesn't have a cassette player, though.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:01 PM   #7
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I have probably a hundred or so, but time hasn't been good to them.

Digital downloads are great and all, but making a good mixtape was a true art form.
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Old 12-12-2015, 03:55 PM   #8
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I've got a couple, more for novelty reasons than anything else. Don't really see a place for them beyond niche circles in today's market, to be honest. I prefer vinyl for at home and CDs for in the car.
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Old 12-12-2015, 04:04 PM   #9
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Prices for used Cassette decks are on the rise as some new product (cassettes themselves) is starting to become available. It's a very, very, very niche market though.

I got rid of mine more than a decade ago.
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Old 12-12-2015, 05:32 PM   #10
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I wouldn't say I love cassettes...but I did find a nice Sony RX77ES deck at goodwill about 4 years ago for 15 bucks. And when you can find cassettes 3 or 4 for a buck, it makes for good cheap music.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:12 PM   #11
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I STILL own a deck and several hundred cassettes, but I haven't played them in some time ........
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:24 PM   #12
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For those so inclined: https://www.newburycomics.com/produc...nt=12314515270
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Nice to know I'm not the only one to remember things of old lol. I definitely picked up tapes and made my fair share of mixed tapes. I actually sent my old collection to a buddy in Canada. Hopefully the jerk still has them. Still have a box with my store bought stuff. These days the only time I use a tape is when I need to hook up my phone to play Pandora or Spotify. When I really want to be nostalgic I listen through my phone to remind me of my old handheld radio.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:16 PM   #15
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Never been a fan. What irks me is I mostly listen to underground music and several of my favorite artists are currently releasing material on cassette only. Would much prefer a vinyl copy or even a CD/CDR. I understand vinyl is too expensive to manufacture for several artists, but a CD does not cost much more than a cassette.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:04 PM   #16
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The only thing I ever liked about cassettes was their portability. Can't play a vinyl record in a car stereo or walkman! Cassettes were still useful up until around year 2000, when portable CD players dropped in price. Even car CD players were quite expensive up until the invention of mp3 players.

I own maybe a hundred or so. Sound-wise, cassettes are inferior to pretty much everything else, and today music is more portable than ever.

So no, I do not love cassettes whatsoever.
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:16 PM   #17
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To all who say the sound quality of cassettes is not good:

I'd be willing to wager in a blindfold test you couldn't tell the difference between CD, MP3 or an old cassette of quality like a Maxell or TDK metal utilizing Dolby C or dbx noise reduction. They have the capability of sounding very close to CD. To all but the most discriminating audiophile.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:00 PM   #18
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To all who say the sound quality of cassettes is not good:

I'd be willing to wager in a blindfold test you couldn't tell the difference between CD, MP3 or an old cassette of quality like a Maxell or TDK metal utilizing Dolby C or dbx noise reduction. They have the capability of sounding very close to CD. To all but the most discriminating audiophile.
A bold statement and one with which I would disagree. Maybe if you were talking about a fresh TDK metal tape recorded at standard speed in a spanking new old Nakamichi, then just about possibly. But most people played pre-recorded tapes produced at high speed on low quality tape on average hi-fi equipment. Transport speed is never exact, bearings wear and get noisy, pitch varies from machine to machine, the pinch roller wears and the heads get coated with oxide. Compared with CDs which still play OK even after 30 years (unless you get one with defective lacquer or scratches), tapes shed oxide and stretch unless you paid for the very top end blanks and stored them correctly. Dolby and other noise reduction tech actually reduced the frequency range, but cassette tape had so much against it no one noticed.
Cassettes are not going to make a comeback like vinyl.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:13 PM   #19
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Don't love them, do like getting them very cheap to sample bands I never heard of though.

You need a bunch of fairly expensive equipment to overcome the gap in audio quality between vinyl/cassette.
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:26 PM   #20
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The biggest reason to love cassettes is that they weren't 8-tracks.
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