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    No new decent cassette decks?

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    Is there no such thing as new decent cassette deck? Every new deck on amazon or wherever has mixed reviews, with some people giving 4 or 5 star reviews, and others giving 1 star, and saying never buy. I am only trying to buy something that will allow me to convert tape to digital, using rca connectors, and my pc. I am looking at this, but there are so many negative reviews. https://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PT659DU-...&sortBy=recent

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    I bought cheapo cassette and turntable at a garage sale about 20-years ago and was surprised they did so well. I think the table was TEAC. There is Pro Tascam - maybe discontinued but still in stock, somewhere.

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    Oh, remember that the spec is usually for record. Playback can be better. So, the 40 to 14k on the $150 Marantz might actually sound OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    I bought cheapo cassette and turntable at a garage sale about 20-years ago and was surprised they did so well. I think the table was TEAC. There is Pro Tascam - maybe discontinued but still in stock, somewhere.
    Tascam are expensive and out of stock. I can't believe I can't find atleast one new decent deck. I wish Sony or someone like that had a new one I could buy.

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    I guess you'll just have to flush all them tapes down the toilet

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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    I guess you'll just have to flush all them tapes down the toilet
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    Buy this and be done with it;
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...=REG&A=details

    Good decks cost money "new" and you don't really need the recording part. You just need a quality cassette player..

    This one should have low wow&flutter;
    LUXMAN K-03 ULTIMATE FIDELITY STEREO CASSETTE SERVICED NEW BELTS WORKS A1 + LEDs | eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    Buy this and be done with it;
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...=REG&A=details

    Good decks cost money "new" and you don't really need the recording part. You just need a quality cassette player..

    This one should have low wow&flutter;
    LUXMAN K-03 ULTIMATE FIDELITY STEREO CASSETTE SERVICED NEW BELTS WORKS A1 + LEDs | eBay
    There are people who say that one sucks also, but I will read up on it.

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    You can get plenty of good decks on the bay for a fraction of the original price. Just be prepared to replace rubber.

    For example, I own a Tascam 112 rackmount deck. I've had it since new and it has been a faithful, reliable workhorse for years. I just last year replaced all the rubber after 20 some years. I'm sure Ill get another 20 out of it.

    Those can be had on ebay for 100 to 200 bucks. Well worth it in my opinion.
    Why would you take my advice?? I don't even take my own advice.

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    yeah .... there's got to be zillions of those things used in great shape.
    And some might not even need rubber.
    I have 5 of them and none of them need anything done to them.

    And really, from around 15-20 years ago were some of the best decks they've ever made because it was a mature format that they still imagined had some future.
    So they were still trying to make ever better decks.
    I have one with Dolby S (which no one seems to have heard of but I have one ) and it's really an excellent deck.

    If it were me, I'd go used.
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