Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2017 11:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV

Back before all-digital music, back before the Digital Compact Cassette, back before even the Digital Audio Tape existed, there was a strange audio device that briefly captured the imagination of Hi-Fi freaks across the world. The Elcaset, as it was called, was an enlarged cassette that started in Japan, wove its hidden, spinning spools around the world, and then finished, appropriately enough, in Finland.

As someone who swore by MiniDisc up until quite recently, I love obscure audio formats. This article is from the summer of last year, but I only came across it just now thanks to Atlas Obscura.

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by Alfman on Wed 11th Jan 2017 06:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by dionicio"
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it's sad but true. average consumer in 2017 gets worse daily sound quality in most things than in 1997, which itself was worse than 1977.

I seem to recall the consumer grade analog audio gear was relatively bad back then, I remember playing with it for hours just for fun. I guess maybe professional analog studio gear could have been better, but the CDs were noticeably better compared to the cassettes/8tracks we had.

Some people still prefer records even, In my head I can still here the white noise produced by the record playing silence between music tracks. Ironically the low fidelity actually sounded better for some individuals because it produced a "warm" feeling sound that was characteristic of the early analog recorded music at the time.

It's probably similar to the white noise some phone carriers add to digital telephone calls, apparently the lack of such noise makes people less comfortable. According to this thread it's not done universally though.

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