Audio Cassette Player

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  1. kumar

    kumar Stunt Coordinator

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    I am not sure how many of you still listen to your favorite numbers from tapes, but I do!! [​IMG]

    I have quite a lot of my collection in audio tapes and I am currently in the market looking for a 2 deck cassette player.

    Sharing any suggestions/advice based on your experience will be much appreciated.
    I am still dreaming of that day when I will convert all my audio tapes to CDs (I have more than 300 of them) Hmmmmm.......... [​IMG]

    My budget is about $250 bucks.
     
  2. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

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    I have had good luck with Sony decks. Take a look at my home theater page and you'll see a cheap $130 dual deck from a few years ago. I think Pioneer decks are really good also.
     
  3. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll Supporting Actor

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    Check Audiogon for used decks. Yamaha and Nakamichi both made some very nice cassette decks that are real cheap on the used market now.
     
  4. Danny Tse

    Danny Tse Producer

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    I still own a Sony TC-K670 3 head 3motor cassette deck. And I have 300+ albums on cassettes, now stored in 2 huge Case Logic carrying cases.

    I would look into a new Sony ES cassette deck, or perhaps a Yamaha.
     
  5. gregD

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    Go for a used Nakamichi if possible... be careful buying used, of course... lotsa moving, mechanical parts in a cassette that wear over time.

    A new / refurbished Marantz dual cassette can be had for $150 at AC4L.com... I referred a buddy to them for that same piece, and he's way happy with it.
     
  6. Craig Robertson

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    i had a high end Yamaha cassette deck some years ago that was really good. i don't listen to tapes anymore, but i wish i still had it, just cause it was such a nice piece of gear.
    Nakamichi has an excellent reputation, of course, but i don't have any experience with their products.
     
  7. Jerome Grate

    Jerome Grate Cinematographer

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    I'd go with the Pioneer 606, it has a 20 bit DAC for processing music. But if you add a little more money, you can get a good CD recorder and transfer all your tapes to CD. Worked great for me.
     
  8. KeithH

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    I had the Pioneer CT-W606DR, and it was a very good deck. The only reason I got rid of it was because, like most cassette decks, it lacked a remote. I ended up replacing it with the now-discontinued Sony TC-KA2ES, which was a very good deck when it worked. It's broken on me twice (maxed out right channel during playback). I'm done having it repaired. It just sits on the shelf now. [​IMG]
     
  9. Philip Hamm

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    Sony decks like mine have a "R" symbol on the front and will work with the SOny tape deck codes on OneForAll remotes. I've used mine with a remote for years even though it didn't come with one. That is cool. :)
     
  10. KeithH

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    Philip, I should have mentioned that I ordered a Sony cassetted deck remote from Sony. It works for a number of models.
     
  11. RobWil

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    As far as playback and recording quality combined you would be hard-pressed to find a better deck than the Harman Kardon TD 7400 and you could probably find it used for less than $75. This unit originally retailed at $450 and this was back in 1992 or so. Only problem is it's a single deck, which quality-wise isn't a problem at all.
     
  12. David Susilo

    David Susilo Screenwriter

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    I love my Denon 790R professional deck. The features include:

    1. 3 motors
    2. 3 heads
    3. Dolby B/C/S/HX-PRO
    4. Auto Tape Calibration
    5. Manual Bias Adjust
    6. Pitch Control
    7. Return to Zero

    price was US$400
     

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