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Need a cassette deck

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by newyorkmusician, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. I need to mix down to cassette. Can anyone recommend a stand-alone or rackmount stereo cassette deck? I've had good results with a friend's Sony TC-D5M but I wonder if there isn't anything less expensive. I tried a simple ghetto blaster with Aux Ins and the results were disasterous. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. lowdbrent

    lowdbrent Guest

    Why not get a CD burner. Less money, sounds better, easier to handle. There are few good quality cassette decks now, compared to the day when cassette was a living format.

    If you can find a used Nakamichi or Tandberg, you would have a good deck. If you are going to buy new, a Sony ES would be a wise choice. ES series has a 6 year near-no-fault warranty on them. I put those in churches all the time.

    The only companies making pro cassette decks anymore are Tascam (Teac), and Denon/Marantz.
     
  3. lowdbrent

    lowdbrent Guest

    Why not get a CD burner. Less money, sounds better, easier to handle. There are few good quality cassette decks now, compared to the day when cassette was a living format.

    If you can find a used Nakamichi or Tandberg, you would have a good deck. If you are going to buy new, a Sony ES would be a wise choice. ES series has a 6 year near-no-fault warranty on them. I put those in churches all the time.

    The only companies making pro cassette decks anymore are Tascam (Teac), and Denon/Marantz.
     
  4. Dan M.

    Dan M. Guest

    The tascam 102 and 122 really surprised me. Blew away my notions of crap cassette sound from previous low end recorders. If you need a great sounding cassette, Tascam all the way.

    Dan
     
  5. StevenGurg

    StevenGurg Guest

    I have three Tascam 122MKIII's and they have been flawless performers for my cassette work. I agree with previous posters about Tascam recommendation. (I can part with one of mine if interested)
     
  6. Don Grossinger

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  7. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

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    Tascam 122 Mk III is indeed good.
    I would also look for a Tandberg. I forgot the model number (TCD-340??), but it is the flat, horizontal, top load model with 3 heads. They did not have the head gap mismatch of Nakamichi & made great recordings that are compatible on all other decks.

    As for less expensive, I would suggest contacting Dreamhire or The Toy Store & renting one for a day or check Analogique or one of the high end stereo shops for something used (with a warrantee).
     
  8. sapplegate

    sapplegate Active Member

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    I have and still use on occasion an AIWA F660 which I purchased new about 15 years ago. These are consumer hi-fi decks, but if you can find a used one, they're great. Other models with even more features are the F770 and F990. Very nice. F990's on eBay going for about $175. An F770 just went for $65.
     

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