My wife has discovered that among the myriad items individuals dispose of by donating to thrift stores are articles of the fancy or frilly s...
Saturday, September 11, 2010
1.875 inches per second
D. played the "Immortal Beloved" soundtrack which he had dubbed onto a Maxell Chromium Dioxide tape last night, and darned if it didn't sound super, super close to the CD. Makes you wonder about stratospheric S/N ratings and Dynamic range- how much can the 40 year-old ear hear? For kicks I put a thrift store ninety-nine cent CrO2 pre-recorded copy of the Rolling Stones "Dirty Work" into my old Sony KA1ESA deck and I was also impressed. Who knows what that tape has been through? Apparently, tape made some real strides as a recording medium technology that found their way into relatively inexpensive consumer decks by the late eighties. At that time I never had the money to invest in a quality deck. It's a limited format for me now- can't even use it in the car- but as D. pointed out while we were listening, the process of sorting through the discs, adjusting the record level and pausing or fading between tracks all has a wonderful nostalgic feel that ripping files to a hard drive just can't capture.