How to Enjoy Your Cassette Deck
Popular music has been releasing in a wide range of forms over the years, both analog and digital. Cassette tapes became popular because they were the go-anywhere format that you could use at home, on the go, and in the car.
How Do You Match Decks to Tapes?
Its important to make sure your deck is properly set up to get the most out of your tapes. Normal bias and metal have very different qualities and not all tape decks can take full advantage of the different types. Some decks can automatically detect the type from a notch in the shell and configure recording and playback settings to match. The most common varieties are:
- Normal Bias: Type I is very good for capturing low frequencies and is compatible with all kinds of cassette decks. Its not as good with high frequencies.
- High Bias: Types II and IV are both high bias, and provide better reproduction of high frequencies than Type I. Not all stereo cassette decks can play these well, and in some cases, you have to manually select the tape before you can use it. The wrong setting doesnt damage the tape, but it does reduce the audio quality.
What Should You Look for in a Deck?
When possible consider a name brand product like a Technics cassette deck, because popular brands are usually easier to find information on if you have questions regarding your stereo components. You should also give careful consideration to whether you will be using it primarily as a recorder or a player as that may determine which features matter more. Some things to consider include:
- Noise Reduction: Most tapes can produce a background hiss that can get in the way of your listening enjoyment. Systems like dbx can reduce this hiss to improve your enjoyment.
- Auto Reverse: This feature removes the need to flip the cassette when you get to the end. Instead, the deck simply plays the tape backwards with another set of heads.
Enjoying Recorded Music
One very important factor for any audiophile to remember is that your enjoyment cannot rely on any single component. A Technics deck can do a lot for your tapes, but you need to match it with equivalent components. The amplifier and speakers are also important when it comes to creating that Hi-Fi sound. Always look at your stereo as a system and balance the components so that they can work together harmoniously. Even as little a thing as matching your cassette deck to your music library can pay immense dividends when it comes to listening. The more time and thought you put into it, the greater your enjoyment is likely to be.
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