August 12, 2013

50 Years History of Audiotapes - Happy Birthday Cassettes

Audio tapes are from a time when people had craze of getting the latest cassettes of bands, singers etc. At that time, they had the world level market where alot of people had interest in them. Sound quality was given much importance as well. Magnetic plates were also very popular in that era. But still you can say Old is Gold. I saw one image which if I could find will update here, was 1 Pencil along with a Cassette, below that was written:

"New Generation will never know the connection between these two."

The main advantage of the cassettes and plates CD was their low cost, compactness and ability to overwriten. It was like a MP3 in the 1970's and early 1990's. Audiophiles are rarely resorted to listening to music on cassettes at home, where they have the quality players and stationary plates, and the discs the end of the 1980's . Tapes are often used to create playlists of several albums of your favorite songs and listen to popular portable players like Sony Walkman, released in 1979.

Compact Cassette, as it was originally called, was introduced in Europe by Philips in August 1963. This carrier took a while to gain popularity, but ultimately the decision Philips does not charge royalties made audiotapes most popular format for recording on magnetic tape, including among computer drives. Later on the tape could record an audio up to 240 minutes.

50 years after its launch tapes have not saved any benefits and advantages, and increase their sales can be achieved unless preceded him strong recession and the renewed interest of nostalgia. According to the magazine Time, National Audio from Springfield produces 100,000 cassettes per day. A new kit, including seven 90-minute audio cassettes from Maxell, is now about $ 7.

Used cassette decks are easy to find at sales and auctions, but it is unlikely that many of the devices that were released decades earlier, are in good working order. Old belts on motors tend to slip and cause an unstable playback, and reading head may be worn out. The rotation of the spindles do not guarantee good sound, especially for tape produced domestically.

Quite a quality new cassette player like Teac W-890R-B noise reduction technology with Dolby B HX Pro costs $ 250 and has a pleasant opportunity: auto reverse, lets you play both sides of the tape without the need for turning. Accordingly, at the end of tape on one side of the player automatically starts playing backwards or record when it comes to copying. Yup if one side is playing, you can record the exact copy on another cassette, without any hassle.

If you are still interested, you can buy the tapes on the online auction sites. Still there are clean unprinted media on sales, Hi-Fi, which are sold as more expensive rarity.

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