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Steve Deckert
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Welcome to the Analog Tape forum!
05/05/14 at 19:54:38
 
Buy popular request, the Analog Tape Forum awaits your discussions!



Here you can learn about Reel to Reel (and other) tape formats, where to find reel to reel decks and reel to reel tapes to listen to. Knowledge is the key to success with this format which my explain why it has been all but forgotten.

When I see people spend tens of thousands of dollars on digital sources and all the things that go with it, I have to wonder if it's because they want to hear how good recorded music can sound in their system... you know, have more of those WOW moments.

It's not shortly thereafter I wonder why not spend $500 ~ $2500 on a 60 ~ 160 pound professional reel to reel and get some master tapes.  That's as good as a source gets, period.  That's the reference.  For many it will blow away your digital and vinyl so bad you realize that even spending 50 grand on a DAC isn't going to fix it.

Not everyone has these results because it's a very hands on, mechanical experience that requires proper alignment and some general knowledge about how to set things.  Between NAB and IEC and the three basic bias settings combined with two different playback heads each with it's own azimuth adjustment, there are probably 16 or so possible settings for each recorded tape you listen to.  Get them right and it's a holy shit moment... get one wrong and the very resolution that makes analog so right suddenly makes it more apparent than normal that something is wrong.  Of course at that moment it's easy to loose sight of the superiority of tape.

This forum is going to help you know what to do, what to get, how to use it.

-Steve


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Re: Welcome to the Analog Tape forum!
Reply #1 - 05/05/14 at 20:37:40
 
Steve Deckert wrote on 05/05/14 at 19:54:38:


When I see people spend tens of thousands of dollars on digital sources and all the things that go with it, I have to wonder if it's because they want to hear how good recorded music can sound in their system... you know, have more of those WOW moments.


-Steve




I'm glad you created this forum, it's going to be nice to have this tape talk all in one place so those that are interested can find it and join in and those that aren't that interested can step past it.

As someone who hasn't spent tens of thousands on digital equipment but has spent a lot I can tell you I've done it because I am willing to sacrifice "WOW" moments a-plenty to have the music I want to listen to sound really good, and it has and will in the digital format. I have ooodles of digital items to listen to and what I see available on "master tape" is mostly not what I want to listen to and so very little of what I do want to listen to, so I don't want to become the type of "audiophile" that just chases the best sound, I want to pursue my musical interests more freely, I want to enjoy the collection I have, in great sound. With excellent digital sources and Decware amplification and pre-amplfication and speakers I can and have done so, with great joy. And with a nice turntable and the ZP3 (one of the greatest of the Decware products) I can have plenty of WOW moments on vinyl, and far more easily and less expensively find music on lps that I really want to listen to. For me it's about the music, which is why I continue to improve my digital playback and won't go down what (for me) would be a deadend pursuing tape decks.
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Reply #2 - 05/05/14 at 22:18:28
 
Thanks  for the wiggle room steve ( "Reel to Reel and other  ) tape formats" My Nakamichi still gives great service. Great vintage sound and handy for my vintage Leak tuner and albums if I want to make a tape for the  Saab which is old enough to have cd and tape players.

Talking of WoW moments I`ve just had a v/nice one while playing Zappas " Overnight Sensation " his co singer appeared above and just behind my head.....and I`m sitting with the wall right behind me. I just felt immersed in it. The Decware amp line-up is superb.
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Reply #3 - 05/15/14 at 02:33:01
 
Thank you Steve, for this forum.
I have been quite fascinated by your descriptions of the superior sound of the open reel masters.  I always like reading what you have to say about the sound of various equipment or media.
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