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    Senior Member 3dbinCanada's Avatar
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    Going way back to Cassette Decks.

    I have a some old cassettes that I still play occasionally which prompted me to ditch a POS Technics dual cassette deck. I bought a used Yamaha KX-800U ofr $40, the U indicating that it comes equipped with DBX noise reduction. I see it listed for around $250 on Ebay, no cheaper so I think I got a steal here. I wanted to see how well this unit recorded and played back so I recorded the Violent Femmes from a CD using DBX noise reduction in record and playback. Color me impressed. Although the CD was ultimately better, I could not believe how close to the source this deck got in capturing the music.

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    Nice find !!! You can find replacement belts for cassette decks pretty easily on the Internet in case yours need to be replaced.

    I had Akai cassette decks in high school and bought an Onkyo after graduating college. Here's a shot of my remaining Akai HX-A2. It wasn't really high-end but it still sort of plays. It needs new belts but I don't use it much.

    Back before the days of CD, my standard practice when buying new albums was to enjoy the first play-through and make a good recording on a Chromium Oxide tape for use in the car, for the second play. That way I had a good clean recording in case the LP got scratched. I tried the more expensive metal tapes but didn't hear that much difference in sound quality, at least not enough to justify buying them for in-car use.

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    My Onkyo was a better player with Dolby B/C HX Pro, DBX, adjustable bias.... I lent it out to a buddy of mine who was starting off as a DJ. He bought popular singles on cassette to play at this events. Come to think of it, I never got it back. I wonder if he still has it and it works.

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    A reader offered to sell me his Nakamichi Dragon tape player after I referenced it in my recent "Holy Grail" article.

    I have ZERO use for it but I want it anyway. So cool.

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    The Dragon is worth having just as a conversation piece. Totally badass.

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    Administrator Tracy Rainwater's Avatar
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    Yes, I read your Holy Grail piece.

    I remember the first time I met you, Ken, and Andrew at CEDIA. We got off on a similar topic. It was more of a what piece did you always wanted but never bought, but would love to own today kind of thing. I brought up the Dragon and a Sony G90. You guys thought it was odd.

    I'm just before my time.

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    I had a high school buddy whose older brother bought a Nakamichi amp, preamp, and cassette deck.

    He didn't have the Dragon, but the one right below it. I forget the model but it was the one that ejected the tape, spun it around, and then popped it back to play the other side. It was quite possibly the coolest thing that I have ever seen on an AV piece.

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    JoJoe, from what I remember that looks like the one he had. Very cool, "Auto-Reverse".

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    Senior Member TrippleJ's Avatar
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    I had a Sony Cassette deck but nothing as cool as that unit.. Never even seen it back in the day..
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    Had a Nakamichi BX-300 and a Pioneer 6 +1 multi-tape deck when I lived in Spain. I've also owned two Akai Reel to Reel decks.
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