Do you still use a cassette deck?

Stereophile's picture
In his blog, Stephen Mejias reports on the resurgence in cassette-only releases and is now looking for a good deck. Do you still use a cassette deck?
Do you still use a cassette deck?
All the time
7% (24 votes)
Sometimes
23% (82 votes)
Rarely
29% (103 votes)
Don't even have one, but do have some tapes
16% (59 votes)
Don't have one and don't have any tapes
25% (91 votes)
Total votes: 359
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Charlie!'s picture

I still have a working unit that makes great recordings.

Gerard G.'s picture

I enjoyed tapes for many years, but have moved on.

Jan S Van Dessel's picture

Rediscovered cassettes about a year ago. Packing things in the move, I found some forgotten personal as well as bought recordings. I listened to them on a simple device, and was caught straight on the hook. So un-CD-like a sound. Good decks are found easily these days. I have bought some nice, affordable decks I could only dream about as a youngster. A nice Pioneer, Akai,Tandberg, and, of course, a Nakamichi now take a more central position in my line-up than does my CD player! Vinyl rules, but tapes come in a close second. I also record my children on tape, so my wife is kept happy too! Sound varies, but a nice recording played on a nice deck (in good condition) has a nice surprise in store for you!

Francisco S., Brazil's picture

In fact, I still have one, but never use it. I have had some tapes waiting for being copied to CD-R for years.

Pete's picture

I have some stuff only on cassette that I dubbed myself from 78s or TV shows. So I keep the deck around until I dub these tapes to CD-R.

Robert's picture

Cassette tapes, especially metal and chrome tapes, are the best way to make recordings from analog sources like high-end turntables and reel-to-reel tapes. Cassette tapes sound great in car stereos like the Lexus's Mark Levinson car stereo and the Acura's OEM Alpine car stereos. The recordings sound smooth without digital artifacts. It's good that there are still new old stock (NOS) high-bias blank tapes for sale at mom and pop record stores. The best cassette decks being made today are the Tascam 202mkV, Tascam CD-A750, Tascam CD-A550, and Tascam CC-222SLmkII. Get one while you still can.

Neil Russell's picture

Cassettes I recorded 20-25 years ago on a top-end Denon with top-end tape sound better that most, if not all, CDs

hal's picture

Are you kidding? Do they include liner notes written on clay tablets as well? Retro may be fun and/or cool for a few people, but this a little kooky, IMHO.

jason's picture

Yeah, I love tape hiss and the tremendous frequency response—and when the machine inhales the tape

Fred's picture

I record and play cassettes frequently. I also play my old prerecorded ones: Sheffields and Reference Recordings cassettes from the 1970s.

Donald Reid's picture

I have a Nakamichi ZX-7 I've owned since 1984. It is still an excellent source.

Nathan's picture

I still use my tape deck, although my tapes are slowly wearing out.

Paul Luscusk's picture

I have both a Tandberg 440A deck, and a Revox B-77 reel-to-reel. I'm just a analog kind of guy.

jeff henning's picture

First, idiots are clammering to buy expensive LPs that were recorded digitally, now, people that are even more stupid are buying cassettes. Sometime before the Earth explodes in 2012, these same jackasses will be buying 8-tracks. Morons abound in the world of high-fidelity.

Anonymous's picture

Nakamichi RX 202 unidirectional auto-reverse deck. After almost 20 years, it is still working but I don't use it. I've kept it in my system just in case—and because it is a beautiful piece of engineering

sheraton's picture

I miss my Nakamichi CR-5. The last Aiwa XK-S9000 with Dolby S is still here, but its electric cassette loading door failed to open.

jmsent's picture

Cassette was a terrible format. I used them in my car, but once CD came out, that was the end for me. High-end decks were always finicky because the of the need for perfect alignment and the fact that the Dolby circuits exaggerated frequency-response errors. Nakamichi had different playback EQ from others, claiming that their way was theoretically correct and everyone else was wrong. Tapes made on a Nak would often sound dull on another machine. Dolby-C was terrible. Thank God cassettes are dead other than for a little nostalgia for old formats.

DLKG's picture

I use a cassette deck only every once in a while if I need to make a CD from old band tapes (Nightcrawlers). We used to record live onto cassettes a long time ago. I never liked the format but it was all we had then (no CD-Rs yet). As far as listening is concerned, I always bought the LP over the cassette. Just like now, when I buy the LP over the CD whenever possible.

Ken Anderssen's picture

Yes, I have several. I have thousands of cassettes of live radio broadcasts that I have made over the past 30+ years and I have no intention of digitizing them or giving them up. Tapes I made in the '70s play as well as when I recorded them.

rewinder's picture

Lonely it sits—lonely and sad. All my cassettes sound so bad! Hissy and dull, no life or sparkle, having shed too much oxide since Flicker Farkled. But still it sits on my shelf at the ready, capstan spinning, Dolby-C steady! So bring on the music with no digititus; No DRM on our backsides to bite us! Bring on the lyrics, bring on the verse. I'll listen again with auto-reverse.

tom collins's picture

Mostly for Christmas music.

scuz's picture

On the handful of times a year that I actually throw in a tape, my old Nak ZX-7 still amazes me. It presents a greater sense of body, solidity, and soundstage than any digital (or vinyl) front-end I've ever owned. Wish I had a larger cassette library.

Pete's picture

Are we really wasting our time on this? It really seems absurd.

X.  Chorda's picture

I got rid of my tapes, unfortunately.

Stephen Scharf's picture

Not cassettes again! I thought we got rid of those once and for all.

Poor Audiophile's picture

I don't see me going back to tapes However, it's kinda cool! If it's your thing, go for it!!

Tonko Papic - CHILE's picture

Cassette is really dead. Never was as good as open-reel. It was a "cheap" alternative. Or "extreme" as Nakamichi Dragon. But never as good as open-reel.

Nodaker's picture

Not really, but I have one in the house that belongs to someone else. I have about 400 cassettes laying around too, but I'd rather copy LPs to CD than have to deal with cassettes again. No, they don't sound better than CDs—sorry.

df's picture

I have a cassette player in the car (McIntosh) that gets rare use, since the CD playback is great. I want to get a deck just so I can digitize some of the irreplaceable content I have on tape (several hundred collecting dust in a closet). Beyond that, the format is dead to me.

Valter Medina's picture

I like to record my guitar playing and practice on a simple tape deck. The natural compression of the tape is great.

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