Analogue cassette tapes.
Type 1 - Normal (Ferric) Tape - Mainly used for audio books and low quality music reproduction.
Type 1 - Normal (Acoustic Dynamic) Tape - Mainly used for better quality music reproduction.
Two of the four types of cassette tapes I used to regularly use back in the late 1970s to mid 80s.
Like you TDK was the cassette tape manufacturer that i tended to use back in the day.
Mainly used the cheaper D90 which did the job for me for tapping music for the car.
Still got my old Denon DRS610 front loading cassette player unplugged in the Home Cinema rack.
Went to Mini Disc later on (back then i was a sucker for new gadgets).
Do you remember the old Maxell Cassette Tape advert that was on the television back in the eighties i think if my memory serves me right.
Video taken from YouTube website.
You know, I remember the Memorex advert with Ella Fitzgerald, the one where she sang a very high note and broke a wine glass then they would play a recording the same note Ella just sang via a Memorex cassette tape which would also break another wine glass. The voice over would say, "Is it real or is it Memorex?"
As you know, it came out sometime later that the advert was faked.
Back then TDK were the kings of making quality cassette tapes at competitive prices, however I did try some other manufacturers tapes as well, e.g. BASF, Sony, Maxell, Memorex and Phillips, all in the name of Hi-Fi. But I always returned to TDK, they were simply the best, best on quality and best on price.
Those were indeed the days.
Hi UK Bob,
Was this the Memorex advert you was talking about back from the mid 70's (edit first video) ?
If so, it was a little bit early for me, i started getting into HiFi and music in the early 80's.
Missed the Glam Rock and Disco era
Like you i tried a few different cassette brands, but always returned to TDK tapes.
Just out of interest i was wondering over the years have you got any regrets with regards in purchasing or selling any particular HiFi equipment.
Mine are, i wished i bought a pair of Shahinian Arc American made loudspeakers that i heard in a HiFi shop back in 1990 (at the time they were a few hundred quid over my budget).
The second was me selling my TDL Studio 3 Transmission Line speakers back in the mid nineties, the low bass frequency response was amazing and could match a lot of standalone subwoofers out there at the time.
You know Schnapps
Now that I think about it, I have two major regrets and they are:
1) I got rid of my Sansui turntable when I foolishly "upgraded" to a Techniques Direct Drive turntable, the worst Hi-Fi mistake I ever made.
You see, I believed the hype that DD turntables were better than belt drives because they were more stable, i.e. less wow and flutter. That may have been true but what they didn't say was that the magnetic pulse that made the turntable spin also affected the magnetic cartridge, so much so that the music sounded as if it was squashed, not compressed, while being pushed through a narrow hose pipe. Listening to music via the Techniques DD gave me a headache.
The Sansui cost me, at the time, about £50.00 and the Techniques £120.00 and that was the biggest waste of money I ever spent on a system (it also taught me about "hype").
2) OK, my next regret was having to get rid of my Hi-Fi system, as posted previously, because young kids and Hi-Fi do not go together, that is my system got ruined, and there is no way I could ever re-buy it.
Mind you, I don't think I would still be playing it because using a Hi-Fi system is too fiddly, delicate and requires dedication, something that I just don't have anymore.
However, Hi-Fi did show me how recorded music should sound, something that most people nowadays will never know or experience.