[Dixielandjazz] Cassettte vs. open-reel quality

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 07:58:50 PDT 2010

> I'm sure there was some improvement in tape heads, but I always thought that
> the technological breakthrough that made cassettes viable for music
> reproduction was Dolby noise reduction.  Cassette tapes were around for some
> time in mono dictaphone machines, telephone answering devices, etc., but
> didn't come into use for music (and become stereo instead of just mono)
> until Dolby B was available.

Maybeso, but I never use it, unless the original recording has been
made using Dolby.  It's not just that - cassettes recorded without
Dolby (no nose reduction on those small portable machines we had in
the 1970's, nor the walkman type recorders we've used since the 1980's
(at least one friend of mine and I still do, so no need to question
the grammar),  Nevertheless, the recordings, albeit far from
professional quality, still soung good, unlike thoe recorded on the
early - expensive - cassette recorders.

BTW, I know someone who never uses Dolby or any other noise reduction
devices and claims that they detract from the quality of music (even
if there's more hiss), even if the original cassette is professionally
recorded using Dolby noise reduction system.

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