Cassettes: EVERYTHING You Know is a LIE!
What if I told you that everything
you’ve ever heard about Cassettes, has been a complete lie? Hey Friends Welcome to Vinyl Eyezz! I’m
Jarrett New, and today we’re gonna be talking about why I bought a Cassette
Deck in 2016. WHAT?! Jarrett are you crazy?? What’s all this nonsense about Cassettes?
I’m here for Vinyl Records and Vinyl Records ONLY. So make with the Vinyl, or
else I’m gonna UNSCUBSCRIBE!…MERRRR! Whoa- Whoa, Hang on a second, before you do that,
let me explain myself. Okay so I was browsing around on YouTube the other day,
and I came across a video that completely changed my mind about the way
I view Cassette Tapes. The name of that video was called “Cassettes – better than
you don’t remember” and it was from a YouTuber named “TechMoan”. His channel is
all about Old and New audio and video technology. And his videos are really
informative and helpful. Now, in his Cassette video, he talks about how most
people think that Cassettes sound “Terrible” and honestly this is the LIE
that we’ve all been led to believe. So, he argues that’s actually a giant
misconception, and his main point is this- If you have the right equipment, and you
know how to use it, Cassettes can actually sound fantastic. This video
completely blew me away, and encouraged me to do some more online research. And
what I learned is that there are actually 4 Different Types of
Cassette Tape. So, here they are from the Crappiest, to the highest-quality. Type 1:
Iron Oxide. This is the average run-of-the-mill Cassette Tape. These are
the most common. Type 2: Chromium Dioxide. This tape was a huge step up in musical
fidelity. Type 3: This is a mixture of Type 1 and Type 2 tape, and it never
really took off because of its poor design. And Finally Type 4: Metal Tape.
This is, by far, the best sounding tape formula that has ever been manufactured.
And if you manage to find these online, they’re usually really expensive. So
here’s why everyone thought that cassettes were SH*T. The most common cassette
players, back in the day, we’re both portable and pretty crappy. Kind of like
how today’s modern “Crosley Cruisers” are to records. It’s the same deal. So here’s
what people used to do. They would take their portable boombox, and record the
radio, on a Type 1 Cassette. Do you see the
problem with all that? That’s like 3- Separate Levels of Degradation in the
sound quality. So of course that tape is gonna sound like garbage!
Now, if on the other hand, you take a Type 4 Metal Tape, and you record straight
from your nice Turntable, directly into your quality Cassette Deck. That
recording can actually sound AMAZING when you play it back from the Cassette.
So essentially if you want you can make your own authentic mix tapes, which is
really cool! Now let’s finally talk about My Cassette Deck. I ordered the Sony TC-
KA1ES. This is an older model, and it’s from 1995. So as of the making of this
video that you’re watching, it’s 21 years old! And it still looks, and plays great. I
got it off of eBay, and it’s clear that whoever owned this last, was a true
Audiophile in every sense of the word and took very good care of it. Okay now
what I’m about to say next is very important. And if you’re looking to get
into Cassettes nowadays, Here’s the best advice I can give you! First, choose a
proper Cassette Deck over a portable player because they’re much better
quality. Second, modern Cassette Decks are not as good as the older models. So what
you want to find is a Cassette Deck from the early to mid 90s, when the Cassette
was at the height of it’s popularity. So Cassette Decks from 1990 – 1995 are
gonna have a lot of great features. Third, Speaking of features, here’s what you
want to look for: Dolby B, C, and S Noise Reduction. 3 Tape Heads. And also go
for a SINGLE CASSETTE WELL, kind of like this one right here. The Dual Cassette
Decks are okay, but they’re not as high quality. And Finally, Fourth.
Although “Auto-Reverse” might sound like a cool feature, I would actually recommend
staying away from it, because over time the tape heads may become Misaligned due
to that flipping motion from the auto reverse. And when that happens, the sound
won’t be as good. So basically what I’m trying to say is- Less moving parts, means
that Less things break, which is a good thing! Now Finally we’re past all the
technical stuff, and if you’re still watching this video, and I haven’t
completely BORED YOU YET, you might be thinking to yourself, “Do they still make
cassettes?”…and the answer is absolutely YES!
They do! There’s one company based in the U.S. called “National Audio Company, Inc.”
and they’re still manufacturing blank Cassette Tapes in 2016! You can even find
their High-Quality Type 2 Tapes on Amazon for a decent price. But let’s say
that you’re not into making your own mixtapes, and you just want to listen to
albums that people have already made. Well, I got great news for you! Because
older albums on Cassette can usually be found Dirt Cheap! I mean they’re
practically giving these things away. If you have a Cassette Deck in 2016, you can
go out to your local Record Shop, or Thrift Store, or even Garage Sale, and
find tons of classic albums on Cassette, For only a dollar each, or even less.
Really Cheap! And it gets better! Let’s say you’re not into the old stuff, and
you want to find NEW Music on Cassette Tape. Well I got some more good news for
you! A TON of Independent Cassette labels are popping up Everywhere Online! And if
you’re interested, here’s a few sites you can check out: Sanity Muffin. United
Cassettes. Burger Records. Lost Sound Tapes. Post Pop Records. Tape Club Records.
And Blue Tapes. And those are just to name a few.
These new Cassette Labels are fueling this brand new wave of what’s being
called “Cassette Culture” and I think that’s pretty cool.
Also on average, these brand new Cassettes tend to only be about $5 or
$7 at the most, which is helpful to your wallet, if you’ve already
spent your entire allowance on vinyl. And a lot of the brand new albums you’ll
find on cassette, in 2016, sound unlike anything else out there. Let me tell you
guys, if you love discovering new music, there is a huge pool of really Wild,
Indie, Garage Rock, Experimental, Ambient, and Eclectic music out there, that you’re
only gonna find on Cassette. And as far as the design goes, I like that Cassettes
are very portable. I mean, you can just stick one inside a pocket. You can’t do
that with a CD. Also these things are way more durable than a CD. Because if a CD
gets scratched, as we all know, it’s gonna skip horribly. But with a Cassette, this
thick plastic housing does a pretty good job of protecting the music inside. So
overall I’m just super excited to be collecting tapes,
alongside Vinyl Records now because, honestly I just really love analog music,
regardless of the format! Also, this is very important, I’m NOT gonna be changing
my channel name to “Cassette Eyezz” Okay? So don’t worry about that! But I will say
one thing, I have no plans to be collecting 8-Tracks in the future.
Alright? That’s probably where I draw the line. No offense to you if you collect
8-Tracks, Now what do you guys think about Cassettes? Do you mostly buy Vinyl?
or have you been collecting Cassettes as well? Let me know down in the comments
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