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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VHS Hi Fi
by unclefester on Tue 10th Jan 2017 09:18 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

In the early 80s a few companies sold expensive 'audiophile' tape decks that used standard VHS tapes.

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RE: VHS Hi Fi
by enryfox on Tue 10th Jan 2017 16:30 in reply to "VHS Hi Fi"
enryfox Member since:
2012-02-19

If you have a VHS with Hi-Fi feature and audio input, you can still use it ! It is one of the best analogue recording media available to end consumer, quite high SNR, flat frequency response. VHS video quality was definitely poor, but audio quality (when using Hi-Fi) it was quite good.

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RE[2]: VHS Hi Fi
by dionicio on Tue 10th Jan 2017 18:11 in reply to "RE: VHS Hi Fi"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Thanks for the advice, Enryfox. Aunt definitively has one of that. Will check status.

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