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1 First Place Car Audio aux Cassette Adapter Car Audio aux Cassette Adapter
By Reshow
9.8
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2 Best Value Blueflame Cassette Adapter Blueflame Cassette Adapter
By Blue Flame
9.5
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3 New High Quality Sony CPA9C Cassette Adapter for iPod and iPhone New High Quality Sony CPA9C Cassette Adapter for iPod and iPhone
By Sony
9.3
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4 Konig VHS-C Cassette Adapter [KN-VHS-C-ADAPT] - Not Compatible with 8mm/MiniDV Konig VHS-C Cassette Adapter [KN-VHS-C-ADAPT] - Not Compatible with 8mm/MiniDV
By Konig
8.9
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5 ION Audio Cassette Adapter Bluetooth | Bluetooth Music Receiver for Cassette Decks ION Audio Cassette Adapter Bluetooth | Bluetooth Music Receiver for Cassette Decks
By ION Audio
8.7
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6 Aicheche Car Audio aux Cassette Adapter (Black) Aicheche Car Audio aux Cassette Adapter (Black)
By Aicheche
8.4
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7 Nulaxy Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Car Kit W 1.44 Inch Nulaxy Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Car Kit W 1.44 Inch
By Nulaxy
8.1
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8 Carwires MJ200C Premium Car Cassette Adapter Carwires MJ200C Premium Car Cassette Adapter
By Carwires
7.6
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9 Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Car, Wireless Bluetooth FM Radio Adapter Car Kit Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Car, Wireless Bluetooth FM Radio Adapter Car Kit
By IMDEN
7.4
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10 HQ VHS-C Video Cassette Adaptor HQ VHS-C Video Cassette Adaptor
7.3
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Cassettes - better than you don't remember

this video is about the cassette tapefrom the mid 80s through to the early90s throughout my teenage years into myearly twenties this was the way that Iused to listen to most of my musichowever recently I've heard people are alot younger than me people who probablycouldn't even remember listening to acassette tape talking about it when theydo it pretty much always goes like thisyeah of course I remember take drugstogether tape and you'd pull it out ofthe machine on a tape would be stuckinside and they'd up and wind it back inwith a big and then you put it back inthe machine takes those things wereterrible were they no they're not infact they can be pretty good now thisbusiness about the getting stuck insidemachines I've still got all two hundredand odd cassettes I bought in the 80sand 90s they've all survived this longwithout getting stuck in any piece ofequipment I've ever owned now I'm notsaying other people haven't hadcassettes get stuck inside machines Ithink it was most common in a car stereoon a hot day a sticky pinch roller thathadn't been cleaned for ages could pulla tape inside a machine but it's notsomething that I've experienced now thisbusiness about them sounding badcassettes can actually sound remarkablygood how good well that's what I'm goingto try and find out in this video I'mgoing to get some new equipment trydifferent noise reduction techniquesdifferent types of tapes and see if youcan really get a tape sounding almost asgood as a CD so let's get on with therest of the video first off let's makeno bones about it the reason that mostpeople bought cassettes as opposed toCDs is because they were a heck of a lotcheaper almost half the price in mostplaces I know that's the reason that Ibought minebut however cheap something is peoplewon't go back and buy it again unlessthey're happy with it and obviously theywere happy with cassettes because it wasthe best-selling format for the bestpart of ten yearshowever because most of the peoplebuying cassettes were on a restrictedbudget they were also listening to themonit's equipment and therefore neverhearing the best that you could get outof a cassette now if they were recordinganything they're probably recording offthe radio and if they were doing it morethan likely they weren't using decentquality tapes let's just have a look atthe boots catalog and see how much tapescost back in 1985 well you can see whysomeone had used the cheap stuff if youlook at the boots pack of ferric 60minutes a three pack for $1.

99 or TDK d90's for 349 for a three pack comparethat so the top of the range metal tapehere the TDK metal ma are 90 $5.

99 for asingle tape let's put that in theinflation calculator and see whetherthat's worth nowadays 17 pounds 22 for asingle tape you can see why not manypeople were using those back in the daybut that segues us neatly into talkingabout tape types let's have a look atthe four different kinds of blankcassette you could buy starting with thecheapest and worst on the Left workingup to the best on the right so got aFaro a chrome a Faro Chrome and a metalconvenient enough those are labelledtypes one two three and four now youwon't see many type three tapes aroundthis was a bit of a failed experimentFerro chromium type ones Ferro and typetwos chrome so you mix those togetherand you get Ferro chromium the idea wasit was the best of both of those twothat one had good bass response that hadgood treble response so add those twotogether yet Ferro chromium bit of afailed experiment never took off youwon't see those for sale at all nowadaysit was only a couple of years that thosewere on sale so let's take that one outof the equation so you've really gotthree different kinds of blank cassetteyou can find type 1 type 2 and type 4now its easiest to go off the numbersbecause the manufacturers like to playaround a little bit with the names ofthese you'll notice these say normalposition on them but also low noise anddynamic as well so you can get a littlebit confused with them so just stick tothe numbers type 2 chrome also known ashigh position and if we look at site forwell that just says metal class so juststick to the numbers type fours arepretty expensive but we'll talk moreabout that later on now I'm keeping thisthingvery basic there'll be people out therethat'll argue with me and say you canget better type ones and you can gettype two sometimes if you get a goodmake etc etc yes there are alwaysexceptions I'm just keeping things verysimple here so if we put these that ontheir ends you'll notice something aboutthe tops of them they've got differentholes in them we'll get that one out ofthe way it's a bit see-through a bithard to see we'll pull this other typeone tape in so I got type one on thefront type four on the back noticeyou've got the little things that youpick out if you want to write protectthem but also next to those on the typetwo you've got a hole and on the typefour you're going to hold X to those andtwo holes in the middle some cassettedecks use these holes to identify whatkind of cassette you've put in thembecause they need to know because youneed to provide a metal tape with morepower than you do a Ferro tape to recordonto it and there are some machineswon't have those sensors but you'll finda switch on them and of course you'vegot to switch it to the right one sothat it gives enough boost to the soundso it records it onto the tape as I saymetal requires a greater stronger signalto record on to than a Ferro tape orthan a chrome tape now as far aspre-recorded albums go they generallyeither put them out on type 1 or type 2tape Farrow or chrome one of these isone and ones that other let's see if wecan figure it out looking at the side ofthe box there's no immediate indicatorsother than the Dalby symbol there sowe'll get the cassette out of the boxand see if we can figure out if this oneis on chrome or arm type one wellnothing on the cassette itself just theDolby symbol again so let's have a lookat this other one and there you gothere's the symbol chrome now they'llalways put this on but that one tells usthis one should be on a chrome tape andof course we on the Dolby symbol as wellnow just imagine you found thesecassettes without their boxes there's nosymbol on the cassette themselves totell you whether or not it's type 1 ortype 2 tape you think well look at thetop of the tape doesn't work they'reboth in type 1 type cases you see youonly really need those notches when itcomes to recording on the tape when youget to playback it doesn't make too muchdifference you can always flip theswitch if you want but it won't make amassive load of difference between type1 and type 2 you can tell which is whichthough if you wind them on if you justwind it into the bit of tape pass theheader you'll see straightaway there's adifference incolor between the two tapes so you cansee the tape at the bottom is recordedon Pharaoh tape type 1 and the type 2chrome tape is the darker tape that's opnow let's move away from tape types andtalk about that Dolby symbol theback-to-back double D that you'll see onthe boxes and on the cassettesthemselves of course it's noisereduction now there are other kinds ofnoise reductions that were implementedsuch as DB X but by far the most popularof these was Dolby so we're going totalk about that Dolby noise reductionwas first invented in the mid sixtiesand was for professional recordingstudios only however in 1968 a homeversion appeared which was called Dolbybe followed quite a few years later byDolby C and then finally by Dolby Swhich was right at the end of the homecassette boom on the high-end machinesonly each version of Dolby was betterthan the one that came previously sowhat does Dolby do and how does it workwell I'll try give the briefest possibleexplanation I can but if you really wantto know about it properly then look atthe Wikipedia article the idea is youwant to reduce the hiss or remove it ifpossible that's on a tape now you can dothat by buying a metal tape as opposedto a ferric because that has a lot lesshiss on it but the idea we dole bit isit will reduce hiss irrespective whattype of tape you've bought now the wayyou get rid of here just to strip it offyou'd lose some of the sound with itbecause there are high frequency lowvolume sounds that would get removedalong with the hiss if you just a filterthat part of the sound owso what Dolby does you record with itswitched on it boosts up those parts ofthe sound that would have got lost thehigh frequency low volume sounds itboosts those and then when you play itback you also have Dolby switched on andit brings them back down to where theyshould be but also strips off the hissoff the bottom at least that's the ideaof course it's three different types ofDolby B C and s that you might haveyou've got to use the same version toplay it back as you did to record it ifyou don't things all sound wrong if youwere to play back a Dolby recording thatwas done in say Dolby B without pressingthe Dolby B button it would sound tootinnie too bright equally if you weren'trecording Dolby but then you press theDolby button on playback things thatsound - muffled and of course if yourecording Dolby s playback using Dolby setc now if you've got a pre-recordedalbum it's just got a Dolby logo on itthat'll be Dolby B they always tend tobe Dolby B occasionally you'll seethings that say Dolby bhx Pro don'tworry about the HX Pro there's nothingthat you have to do about thatit just means Headroom extension it wasa Bang & Olufsen technology that Dolbylicensed which just makes recordingsound better there's nothing that youhave to do on the playback end now ifyou're looking to buy a machine and youwant to know what kind of Dolby noisereduction it can handle it'll use ithave it written on the front if itdoesn't have a look for the switch wayyou can select it and if the switch onlyshows Dolby noise reduction on and offthat means it's Dolby B it's just whenthat machine came out they didn't knowthere was going to be a Dolby C in aDolby S so they just thought it wascalled Dolby noise reductionnow I'll quickly show you my mainmachine it's an absolute monster is thepioneers CTF 1250 but I'll be completelyhonest the main reason I bought thisspecific machine is because I think itlooks absolutely amazing I think it'sprobably in need of a service to bringup to its full strength but it stillsounds pretty damn good back in his dayit was a pretty expensive machine infact it's still a pretty expensivemachine but it isn't exactly fullyfeatured it's only got standard Dolbynoise reduction doesn't do it all BC oranything because it hadn't come out thenhowever it does have three heads why arethree heads better than one well lookingat this reel-to-reel it's easy toexplain notice we've got arrays on theLeft record in the middle and playbackon the right the idea is with threeheads as well as separating the MERwhich is supposed to be better you canlisten to what you've just recordedbecause the tape goes across the recordhead and then across the play head soyou can monitor live how the recordingsare sounding and adjust thingsappropriately now before the commentsblow up with very opinionated peopletelling me what I should do such as bioNakamichi dragon I'm not going to godown that route I want to trysomething very specific I've never hearda dull bs recording and that's somethingI want to change looking at the advertsand things from the early 90s 92 herethey were making some very bold claimsfor Dolby s they were saying that itmade things almost CD quality wellthat's something that I really wanted totry out for myself so I looked on eBayto see if I could find a deck with Dolbys on it unfortunately they're veryexpensive you see Dolby s came right atthe end of the heyday of the cassetterecorder it was only put on high-endmachines at the time and though stillcommand a big premium so I had to thinka little bit outside of the box and Imanaged to find eventually this it'sthis Sony TC s1 it's a MIDI deck whichwas part of a hi-fi system you could buyit separately that'll work on its ownand you can pick these up for as you cansee here's 60 odd quid apparently backin the day this was a really high-endset up for a MIDI system anyway and itwent quite a few Awards in 1995including one in what - a couple here aswell so I picked up one of these decksof course as you can see it's reallynice-looking machine very importantlyDolby s it's got a few nice features onit as well especially noticed up hereit's got an auto calibration featurethat's something I haven't had beforethat should enable the deck to record onthe cassettes to the optimum quality ifwe look around the back of the machineyou'll see it's a very simple set thatwe're going to line in and align ourthat bus thing is to connect it to theother components in the range so you cancontrol them all up remote control andhandily it's got an additional socket onthe banishment I can plug other devicesin my hi-fi into this which means itwon't take up an additional plug socketnow whilst it might be a bit of abargain compared to those full-sizedecks of course it isn't as fully SPECTwhilst it does have Dolby BCS eightchokes Pro tracks Kip and also reverseit is only a two head mechanism therewas one other thing I found on eBay andit was a pre-recorded cassettes thatused Dolby s noise reduction there wasan intention to release pre-recordedcassettes with Dolby s however this isjust a promo of high fidelity magazineall be it is on krotape so it shouldn't sound all that badso I gave it a quick go of coursewhenever you buy something off eBay youreally do hope it works but you're nevertoo sure however this was working finenow once you get it into the right Dolbyversion didn't sound bad at all howeverone thing I did notice got somescratches on the front of this which isa bit of a shame it does spoil the looka little bit however I do have asolution for that and it's brass oh nowmost people will probably know thistrick but if you don't brass oh is agreat way of getting rid of scratchesoff plastic like on the front of thiscassette recorder just have to rub itquite hard it's abrasive so it takes thetop off it a little bit but as you cansee there the scratches are now hardlynoticeable now before I go and add it tothe hi-fi system I think we better havea look inside it just to checkeverything checks out okay so taking thelid off and it looks brand new in hereit was actually made as you can seethere 23rd of August 1994 so over 21years ago but looks pretty much as goodas new you can see the auto reversemechanism working here spinning the headaround and then playing the tape back inthe other direction and if we look at itwe can see that it's very clean verywell-put-together nicely spaced outcomponents obviously a high-end piece ofequipment back from the day anyway putit back together and add it into thehi-fi system so it can do a bit moretesting with it now the first thing thatI want to do is I can't really play backany pre-recorded music because we'regoing to fall feral of the usual YouTubecopyright stuff however I really wouldlike to show you how the different noisereduction techniques bcos affect thesound so I'm going to do that but with ablank cassette now I've picked this oneup that I've found lying around tightone notice it says for CD they alwaysused to do things like this towards theend of the cassette eartry to advertise cassettes that were forrecording CD it isn't it's just a normaleveryday type one cassette now I'm goingto play this tape at full volume butthere'll be nothing on it but you'llstill hear the hiss that's on the tapeon its own and then we're going to trythe different noise reduction techniquesto see how thoughaffect it so get ready for a loud noiseright so that was quite impressiveyou've got to remember though that thisis done it of volume that I would neverplay anything that it's far beyond whatI could listen to but let's try thisagainwith a metal tapeif you could hear a bit of a hum therethat was just coming from my amplifiernot from the cassette deck it's justbecause I've put it way up to the topand there's a bit of a hum when you getpast number nine but I've never listenedto this thing beyond about this positionhere so it's not something that you'dnormally hear now because I'm nevergoing to find any pre-recorded metaltapes with a Dolby s noise reductionsystem on them the only way I'm going tofind out how good Dolby s actually is ona good quality tape is to record my ownso I put a cassette into the machineI've press the calibrate button now asfar as I can tell what this is doing isrecording something onto the tape nowit's going to listen back to it andthat's going to enable it to calibrateitself so it records to its optimumquality on that particular cassette onlytakes a few seconds and once it's done Ican find some suitable high-qualityrecordings to test out Dolby s so I'vegot some nice clean acoustic high-restracks that I can record now if you hearany clicks those are coming from mycamera not from the source or from thecassette it's just something that mycamera's picking up for some reason nowyou want to drive metal tapes quitestrong so you want to go to the plusnumbers a little bit get your recordlevel just right before you startrecordingmake sure it's just going up there intothe plus four position and then take thepours off and start the recordingso I spent about 20 minutes listening tothe music whilst recording it at thesame time and then I rewound thecassette it's been so long since Irecorded onto tape I forgot how much funyou had while you were doing it anywaylistening back to the music I reallycouldn't tell any difference initiallyIRA sat there I was amazed at how goodit sounded and I'm sure anyone wouldhave been impressed if someone had comein and as I've said you're listening toa lossless recording and a believe me itsounded brilliant but of course arecording can't really sound as good asthe original especially on a tape so Itried jumping back and forth between thesource and the tape and sure enoughguess that was a bit of a difference theoriginal lossless file of course didsound better but it was only when Icompared them side by side I couldactually tell the difference it justshows you how good you can getrecordings on cassette now I embracetechnology new and old and I wouldn'twant to give away my digital music filesand go back to having everything onanalog tape however that said iftechnology hadn't advanced beyond themetal tape and Dolby s noise reduction Iwould be more than happy with thequality of the music that cassette tapescan produce now I know there's going tobe so many people out there that arewatching this and they're thinkingwhat's the point in recording onto acassette nowadays anyway well as far asI can make out there is no point it'sjust something to do for a bit of funmuch like owning a model train set orgoing fishing there's no real pointbehind it you're just doing it becauseit's something you enjoy not everythinghas to have a purpose now if you thinkyou'd enjoy messing around with compactcassettes and you don't have a machineat the moment if you look up in thevideo description you'll find I've gotsome links to the sections on eBay whereI go looking for the different models Ibought now you can get two ways withthis you can go vintage get somethingfrom the 70s and 80s which looksbeautiful but might need quite a bit ofwork doing on it before it worksproperly or I'd recommend if you'restarting out go to something from thevery end of the format's life somethingin the nineteennineties if you look for something therethat has Dolby s on it you'll also knowthat that was a top-of-the-range machineback in the day and some of those as wesaw can be picked up at pretty goodprices and of course if it has Dolby son it it's going to have all the otherbells and whistles as well now if you'rebuying cassettes don't get those offeBay because metal tapes areridiculously priced on their their furcollectors or something what I wouldrecommend I've got a company that Ibought these from unbranded but woundwith TDK metal tape to a certain lengthwhatever length you choose at a veryreasonable price that I've got to linkto that company in the description aswell that based in the UK you might findsomewhere similar if you're living in adifferent country locally like that butwhatever you do don't get them off eBayyou'll just be ripping yourself offanywaythat's it for the moment as alwaysthanks for watchingsorry I'm not a muppet well maybe I ambut not in that sense or something Ijust forgot to mention whenever Imentioned cassettes in a video there'salways 5060 people linked me to the samevideo about this company that's stillmaking cassettes and going on about thefact that cassettes an air selling morethan they have for years please don't dothat I've seen that video enough timesthey're after the people that made theguardians of the galaxy also mix vol 1that was something I picked up it's alimited edition cassette which obviouslyafter the film which is a nice littlething but they would have company thatput this togetherstrangely enough did it on there as faras I can tell type 1 tape which we'vealready discussed isn't the best way todo it which is a bit disappointing butnice packaging all the same anywaythat's all I want to say don't want tolinking me to it however you know whatI'll do I'll put a link in the videodescription and then you can watch thatvideo if you're one of the no 1 to 10people on the planet that haven't seenit yet anyway that's it sorry bye.