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    Quote Originally Posted by niklasthedolphin View Post
    Yep.
    This is above 3004, 3014, 3014A which all are above the best Nakamichi, Revox, Teac or any other Cassette Deck manufacturer ever came up with.

    I just do not hope that majority of answers on this forum here, shows any democratic process in choosing what's the right answer.

    Akai; Sharp, Pioneer?
    Why not then suggest Philips as the best speaker manufacturer or Shure for stylus & cartridges, Lada for cars, Casio for wrist watches and Parker for fountain Pens.

    And then there's the fact that the American market where always missing a lot of high end quality products, launched on the European market through time.
    Easy to see on the market for cars. Maybe not as easy to spot on the market of HiFi, but sure still a fact.

    "dolph"
    One man's "junk" is another man's "luxury". The bottom line is that both can provide equal amounts of pleasure. I suspect you don't believe that to be the case, and frown upon those who don't have the "elistist approach" you appear to have. People gave honest answers, and I don't know why you then chose to deride them for it.

    I'm leaving now to listen to my PIONEER integrated amp with soso speakers on my starter Turntable setup. I hope you get as much pleasure from your Tandberg as I do from my system, although somehow I honestly believe that isn't possible.

    RANT OVER.....Goodbye!

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    Ok.

    I want, sincerely, to apologize for my cruel behavior.

    Reason for my Quiz-kind of approach in this thread, is my deepfelt scepticism, within HiFi and Audio in general, of people, at all, being able to judge what sounds great or low-end and, per se, being able to determine What's Best.
    My own experience is up to 15 years on lots of international and in particular Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, German, Czech and American HiFi Fora, +40 years of hunting the best sound with synergy in the match of my own gear, many master tapes made for bands and Danish radio stations through the last 30 years as a Tape Op and my experience of being headhunted as a consultant for people purchasing high end gear in the > $100.000 class.
    I usually save these people lots of gold without compromising the quality of sound OR they figure out that they are in it for the design rather than the sound quality.

    However, I fully stand by own statements concerning the TOTL Tandberg Cassette Decks.

    "dolph"
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    Reason for this is my deepfelt scepticism, within HiFi and Audio in general, of people, at all, being able to judge what sounds great or low-end and, per se, being able to determine What's Best.
    I share your skepticism, but would guess we've come to very different conclusions. It could be that both of us come to the party with a load of bias and neither of us are that much better at judging than the people whose judgement inspires our skepticism.

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    Good afternoon dolph!

    Apology accepted in sincerity! We're all here for the same reason....our love of and for audio, it's gear and music.

    A question for you......do you think that introducing a cassette deck to one's system can provide a good audio experience? I ask as I was always very susceptible to hearing tape hiss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John72953 View Post
    Good afternoon dolph!

    Apology accepted in sincerity! We're all here for the same reason....our love of and for audio, it's gear and music.

    A question for you......do you think that introducing a cassette deck to one's system can provide a good audio experience? I ask as I was always very susceptible to hearing tape hiss.

    John
    That will also be your experience unless you offer real gold for purchasing the best of Cassettes.

    If you choose to get the best, you will be able to experience a quality of sound potentially surpassing CD when it's best.

    "dolph"

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    I got rid of three different Akai cassette decks over the years in favor of the JVC KD-85 in 1978. I wore it out then gave it to my then brother-in-law. About two years ago, bitten by nostalgia, I tracked down a very nice replacement on ebay. It is presently a working unit on the bottom shelf of my system. I don't really use it much, but looking at it brings back such great memories, which in itself completely serves its purpose.
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    Was the only want to past cassette to ELCASET format? It was the only way I could get near R2R performance and excellent frequency response and dynamic range.







    For those not familiar with the format, its cassettes were twice as big as standard cassette. The tap was wider, allowing larger/better heads in there.

    The hardware itself was a marvel of engineering. There were hundreds of "TTL" ICs in there for logic control. Beautiful VU meters with then classic paper backs and amber lights. The pictures above do not do justice to it. The unit was quite "manly" .

    I think the cost in 1977 when my father bought it was within the shouting distance of Sony 777 R2R deck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by niklasthedolphin View Post
    That will also be your experience unless you offer real gold for purchasing the best of Cassettes.

    If you choose to get the best, you will be able to experience a quality of sound potentially surpassing CD when it's best.

    "dolph"
    How do the performance parameters of cassette vs. CD stack up, when both are performing optimally?

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    I'm asking the original poster to go into a bit more detail about this claim. I'd be interested to see how small tape can technically compare to CD.

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