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    Question Best Cassette tape?

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    I know that the responses may vary here...ha ha..But what do you think the best tape for 4 track cassette rig is ? Barry

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    I don't know what the "Best" is or which is (Or was) perhaps considered to be the industry standard (If in fact there was / is one), but personally I've always liked the TDK SM's.

    I usually track two or three songs to a 30 min. tape and the same for the mixdown.

    I'm interested in trying some of the brands others here have found to be excellent as well.


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    Re: Best Cassette tape?

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    I know that the responses may vary here...ha ha..But what do you think the best tape for 4 track cassette rig is ? Barry
    Best cassette tape as in "still available" or "discontinued" ? If the former then I believe it's the TDK SM-X. Still available from tdk.com. The latter I read many who report that the SONY UX PRO was the best. Comments anyone ??

    Daniel

    PS: Oh yeah, before I forget, don't ever buy tape longer than 60 minutes. Stick to 60 min or less.

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    TDK

    I agree, it's SM-X. Too bad TDK stopped making the 60-minute length. SA-X or just SA also produce great results. The tape in the SM-X and SA-X are the same, but the SM-X has improvements in the mechanism.

    I've tried about everything there is/was since the early 80's in a Tascam 244 and then 246, which I still own. I did have some trouble with SA-X and high frequency dropouts some time in the mid-80's, so I switched to Denon HD7 for a few years. The current SA-X is just fine.

    TDK always produced the best results on the narrow track cassette format. Reel-to-reel is another story, but as for cassette TDK rules in my opinion.

    Tim

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    I got the below from a site (can't remember which one) and it's supposed to be a review of cassettes by Consumer Reports magazine. I don't know when these were done though. The SM-X was ommitted 'cause I suppose they were rating consumer and not pro tapes. What surprised me is that the TDK SA-X was rated better than the much praised Sony UX-Pro. Here are the results:



    BRAND PRICE SCORE

    TDK SA-X $3.75 87
    FUJI DR-II $2.00 84
    MAXELL XLIIS $3.25 83
    SONY ES II $2.25 83
    SONY UX TURBO $2.50 82
    SONY UX-PRO $4.00 81
    BASF CHROME $2.25 79
    MAXELL XLII $2.75 79
    FUJI FR-IIX $2.00 78
    TDK SD $2.50 78
    FUJI FR-IIXPRO $1.75 76
    TDK SA $2.75 76
    DENON HD6 $2.25 75
    REALISTIC M-II $4.75 75
    DENON S-PORT $2.25 74
    REALISTIC HD $1.75 74
    SONY ES II(100) $3.25 74
    TDK SA (100) $2.75 74
    3M BLACK WATCH $3.50 73
    DENON HD8 $3.25 72
    SONY CD it $2.00 72
    SONY UX $2.75 71
    DENON HD7 $3.00 69
    MEMOREX HBS II $2.25 68

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    Re: TDK

    Originally posted by Beck
    I agree, it's SM-X. Too bad TDK stopped making the 60-minute length. SA-X or just SA also produce great results. The tape in the SM-X and SA-X are the same, but the SM-X has improvements in the mechanism.

    I've tried about everything there is/was since the early 80's in a Tascam 244 and then 246, which I still own. I did have some trouble with SA-X and high frequency dropouts some time in the mid-80's, so I switched to Denon HD7 for a few years. The current SA-X is just fine.

    TDK always produced the best results on the narrow track cassette format. Reel-to-reel is another story, but as for cassette TDK rules in my opinion.

    Tim
    What difference in sound quality did you observe between the TDK SA-X and the others .. as it especially relates to the 244 & 246, which I also own. I'm especially interested at the differences in quality between the Maxell XL-II and the TDK SA-X. Also, how, may I ask, do you know that the tape is the same on the TDK SA-X and the SM-X cassettes ?

    Thanks,

    Daniel

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    Wink I have used and also sell many great recording tapes

    I have used on my recordings many great tapes and I also sell them at my e bay store: ebaytape.com ;0}

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    Quote Originally Posted by phototiger View Post
    I have used on my recordings many great tapes and I also sell them at my e bay store: ebaytape.com ;0}

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    I always prefered Maxel XL-11's. Anyone tried Trident?

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